Penetration Testing: Protecting networks and systems - A Good Book?

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What would be a good recommended book to learn Penetration Testing for networks and systems for some who is familiar with Network security? I want to learn more on how to protect the network by testing the system. I have a laptop with Blackbuntu installed. I have looked on Amazon and Barnes & Noble to see what is available.

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The following websites might be of interest to you:

https://www.reddit.com/r/netsec/wiki/start

https://www.vulnhub.com/resources/

(The second one also has images at the root of the site of vulnerable systems that you can attempt to compromise, learning in the process; includes difficulty level and there are some with walkthroughs).

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Hello Coyote,

Fantastic! I have already book marked them reading up on it.

Thank You,

mustang7173

  • coyote
    You’re quite welcome. As I recall there are some courses there – free, online – too. I don’t remember which but I know they exist. metaspl0it is also involved. The images you can use in a VM (I assume you know but if not – Virtual Machine) only increase comprehension and add to experience, which is also a good thing for anyone wanting to learn this (and equally learn how to protect a system). Of course, you don’t necessarily have to be great at offence security to be great at defence security, but having the mindset of those breaking security is what really counts. The article from so many years ago called ‘Improving the security of your site by breaking into it’ is still a very valid concept (see http://www.csm.ornl.gov/~dunigan/cracking.html ) and some of what it discusses (I had to look again because it has been so long) is still valid today (as in, some of the services it discusses are still used today). I should point out that that article refers to the security scanner SATAN but that is long ago commercial (but it is older too). I seem to recall metaspl0it took over that (but if I recall there is a commercial release too) and there is always OpenVNZ which is free. Good luck with it. Don’t forget that you can always take a break if you feel frustrated – which I imagine will happen at some point – about being unable to figure something out; a break can let you brain solve the problem for you.
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