The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing, 2nd Edition
Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy
By Patrick Engebretson
Publisher: Elsevier / Syngress
Final Release Date: June 2013
Pages: 225

The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing, Second Edition, serves as an introduction to the steps required to complete a penetration test or perform an ethical hack from beginning to end. The book teaches students how to properly utilize and interpret the results of the modern-day hacking tools required to complete a penetration test. It provides a simple and clean explanation of how to effectively utilize these tools, along with a four-step methodology for conducting a penetration test or hack, thus equipping students with the know-how required to jump start their careers and gain a better understanding of offensive security.

Each chapter contains hands-on examples and exercises that are designed to teach learners how to interpret results and utilize those results in later phases. Tool coverage includes: Backtrack Linux, Google reconnaissance, MetaGooFil, dig, Nmap, Nessus, Metasploit, Fast Track Autopwn, Netcat, and Hacker Defender rootkit. This is complemented by PowerPoint slides for use in class.

This book is an ideal resource for security consultants, beginning InfoSec professionals, and students.

  • Each chapter contains hands-on examples and exercises that are designed to teach you how to interpret the results and utilize those results in later phases.
  • Written by an author who works in the field as a Penetration Tester and who teaches Offensive Security, Penetration Testing, and Ethical Hacking, and Exploitation classes at Dakota State University.
  • Utilizes the┬áKali Linux distribution and focuses on the seminal tools required to complete a penetration test.
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    Great book to introduce the concept of hacking

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    Clear, well written, and to the point.

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      Comments about oreilly The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing, 2nd Edition:

      This is an excellent introduction to the subject. It explains how to setup and use a penetration testing lab.

      I would have liked to seen more examples that could be done with security in mind. In other words how does one investigate without causing problems on the internet?

      Overall an excellent introduction to the subject.

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        As someone who did not know anything about the topic before reading I found it really well explained and easy to follow.

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