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The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy (Syngress Basics Series)

The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy (Syngress Basics Series) [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Engebretson
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"Although this book is ideal for beginners, most security professionals will have been involved with penetration testing during some point in their career. This book is thus an excellent refresher for those of us who fondly recall Nmap, Nessus and Netcat as being the tools of choice for both whitehat and blackhat hackers, but have long-since forgotten the full command-line syntax and would benefit from a refresh. Patrick Engebretson gets the reader involved in the art of hacking from page one and makes this book a fascinating and productive read."--Best Hacking and Pen Testing Books in InfoSecReviews Book Awards

"Have you heard of penetration testing but have no idea what it entails? This is the perfect book to get you started, easy to read, does not assume prior knowledge, and is up-to-date. I strongly recommend Pat's latest work."--Jared DeMott, Principle Security Researcher, Crucial Security, Inc.

"If you are searching for a book to get you started with penetration testing, 'The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing' is the right one. It assumes little and gives a lot, and doesn't require huge amounts of technical knowledge in order to be read or understood. As complex the subject may sound to novices, the author does a great job explaining it. He eschews techno-babble and when he repeatedly returns to some issues, it's because he has more to say about them, not because he can't think about what to right next."--Help Net Security

"This book offers a broad overview of basic concepts of hacking and penetration testing for readers with no previous background. It outlines a four-phase model of conducting a penetration test, or an 'ethical hack,' and shows how to use such hacking tools as Backtrack Linux, Hacker Defender, and MetGooFil. A sequential example throughout the book demonstrates how the tools and phases work together. The book includes chapter introductions and summaries, b&w screenshots, examples and exercises, and recommended resources."--SciTech Book News

"If you are an information security beginner with some experience in computer technology, especially networking, I would recommend this book. If you are an intermediate level pen tester or an advanced tester, you might not find this book as useful. That being said, it never hurts to browse through the book and see if any new tools or technology are mentioned here that warrant a closer look. As mentioned earlier, penetration testing is an ever growing field and it is quite possible that as an expert, you might have missed something new. This book introduces you to just enough tools and technology to get your feet wet. If this kind of testing gives you a thrill, then you might want to look into more advanced topics and resources. If this is the only resource you used to escalate your interest in pen testing, then you have no one else but the author to thank for it."--PenTest Extra Magazine Vol. 2, No. 3, June

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The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing serves as an introduction to the steps required to complete a penetration test or perform an ethical hack. You learn how to properly utilize and interpret the results of modern day hacking tools; which are required to complete a penetration test. Tool coverage will include, Backtrack Linux, Google, Whois, Nmap, Nessus, Metasploit, Netcat, Netbus, and more. A simple and clean explanation of how to utilize these tools will allow you  to gain a solid understanding of each of the four phases and prepare them to take on more in-depth texts and topics. This book includes the use of a single example (pen test target) all the way through the book which allows you to clearly see how the tools and phases relate.

  • Named a 2011 Best Hacking and Pen Testing Book by InfoSec Reviews
  • 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.
  • Writen 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 Backtrack Linus distribution and focuses on the seminal tools required to complete a penetration test.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 6 Feb 2012
By frede
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The book arrived on time and perfect conditions, the author is very clear when explaining things and gives a clearly idea of the big picture of penetration testing, great book for beginners
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars uni needs for ethical hacking 19 Oct 2012
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This is an essential read if you want to know the basics of ethical hacking. It guides you from the very start and makes It very easy to read. I have bought this book to help me get through 3rd year in university and so far so good.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By C.Mans
This book is a perfect book to get you started in the world of (Ethical)hacking and Pentesting.
It covers the following four step:

-Maintaining access

Each chapter is explained to a good extend providing tools and examples to get started.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good starters guide. 18 Mar 2013
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This book is absolutely fantastic for beginners. The first parts you read the author gives you a little introduction as to what hacking is and the ethics of hacking and sums up 'White Hats' and 'Black Hats' quite nicely. Surprisingly this book isn't too technical and is VERY easy to follow and understand.

There is a lot of times during the book that the author says 'But this is out of the scope of the book'. Don't knock that though, this is a beginners guide after all. Will you be an expert after reading this book? Hell no! But will you know some of the basics? YES! I personally think that this book will give you a 'feel' for pentesting, making you decide whether you would like to take it further. It is highly advised that you research some of the stuff that is mentioned in this book. Plus, practising how to research efficiently will help you out in your career as a Ethical Hacker.

After reading this book I have now gone on to read more advanced books, and will be studying for the OSCP cert this summer. This book is a must have for anybody wanting to know the basics of hacking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for introdution to the subject 3 Mar 2013
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The content is like a 101 course for the subject.. consider it as light reading and then go to something deeper on the subject of PenTest
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 31 Jan 2013
By B
Really good book that tells you all you need to know to get started in hacking and penetration testing. It is a really great subject and really interesting to learn about how it all works and links in together. Its a good book to help you see the bigger picture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book 12 Oct 2012
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good beginners book, covers all the basics. it is slightly out of date after the release of backtrack 5, but is informative and a good starting point.
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Great fun introduction to a very serious subject. Readers should be aware that this is very much a "toe in the water" taster, if you will excuse the mixed metaphors. I think that a good deal of previous and further reading should be undertaken before diving in too deeply.
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The name say it all. Most of the things are something you already know, however you can always learn something
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