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The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy (Syngress Basics Series) Paperback – 1 Aug 2011

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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597496553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597496551
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Dr. Patrick Engebretson obtained his Doctor of Science degree with a specialization in Information Security from Dakota State University. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Information Assurance and also works as a Senior Penetration Tester for security firm in the Midwest.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LittleByLittle on 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C.Mans on 15 Feb. 2012
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This book is a perfect book to get you started in the world of (Ethical)hacking and Pentesting.
It covers the following four step:

-Reconnisance
-Scanning
-Exploitation
-Maintaining access

Each chapter is explained to a good extend providing tools and examples to get started.
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First off, this is a very good quality and well written book, especially for a beginner. It does a excellent job at hammering home the importance of recon and a logical methodology. It covers a good selection of tools and their usage, although it glosses over some of them a little too much.

There are a few things stopping a five star rating for me: the section on setting up a testing lab is very small and does not go into detail, when this will be an important first step for many people.
There are several occurrences of 'this is out of the scope of this book'. Many are justified, but some felt like a little bit of explanation would not go awry.
Another very big problem: the author fails to mention that you can choose the GNOME or KDE version of Backtrack. This is very important, as the layout is quite different and would confuse a beginner to linux. Backtrack Release 3 also has some more slight differences in layout and the locations of several tools has changed. This is not a problem though, as the book is as up to date as the release at the time was.

Overall I'd recommend this book for the absolute beginner and could be useful for someone lacking a structured methodology as a lot of time is given over to explaining the information gathering step. For anyone with a bit more experience, you might want to choose something a bit more substantial as this tries to cover a lot of tools and stages of a pentest in a small book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B on 31 Jan. 2013
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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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By Anon on 10 Jan. 2013
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I've really only just entered the world of security, and for me this was the perfect entry.

This gives a great introduction to some of the methods used by hackers/pen testers. The author gives lots of detail on how to practice your technique and where to go next and so I think this would be a greater start for anyone interested in the field.

It's not a large book so isn't daunting, I think that can really turn people off when scratching the surface of a topic like this. The layout and style of writing is nice so it makes for an easy read.

At times I found the explanations a bit repetitive but that'll hopefully help me remember them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miguel santiago on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By briando28 on 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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