Top Hacker Technique and Defense Security Books

Learn how to protect and secure your network

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There's an entire genre of books that shows, in detail, the methods, tools, tricks, and techniques used by hackers to find and exploit the holes in your network. Rather than simply teaching people "how to hack," these books go one step further and explain how to protect your data and defend your network from nefarious attacks. Here are our top pics for hacker technique and defense books.

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Hacking Exposed 7: Network Security Secrets & Solutions

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Hacking Exposed, originally published in 1999, is the cornerstone of this book genre, with millions of copies sold throughout the world. Now in its seventh edition, Hacking Exposed is the number-one best-selling computer security book, providing in-depth, expert insight into how hackers infiltrate networks and how they can be stopped.

Learn how the flaws and loopholes in security technologies can be exploited, and how to keep your network from becoming the next victim.

Hacking Exposed was written by Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, and George Kurtz.

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Steal This Computer Book 4.0: What They Won't Tell You About the Internet

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Now in its fourth edition, this best-seller, written by Wallace Wang, has been updated to include coverage of spyware, wardriving, rootkits, hacktivism, cyberterrorism, and much more. This is a great book for both techies and average users trying to understand what hackers do, how they do it, and how you can protect yourself.

Wang's writing style is informative, irreverent, and entertaining, making for a fascinating read that could potentially help save your network and data.

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Hacker's Challenge 3

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Hacker's Challenge, by David Pollino with Bill Pennington and Tony Bradley, is now in its third edition, offering 20 new forensic scenarios and solutions, along with detailed analyses of how experts solved network intrusions. This book is an extremely informative and entertaining look at the new ways hackers devise to break into your network, and a great way to learn if you're up to the task of defeating the bad guys.

If you're a security specialist who wants to take the "hacker's challenge" and test how much you know, or if you just want to learn more about some of the latest security threats, Hacker's Challenge is a must-read.

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Hack Attacks Revealed, Second Edition

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Author John Chirillo has made a career out of hacking (for the good guys). In Hack Attacks Revealed, he shares his knowledge of how hackers gain the information necessary to break into your systems. This second edition covers security issues with Unix, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, firewalls, proxies, gateways, and more.

This hacker's perspective on security holes is engaging as well as incredibly informative. It's a must for systems professionals or anyone interested in network security.

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Counter Hack Reloaded, Second Edition

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Five years after writing one of the original books in the hack attack and countermeasures genre of books, author Ed Skoudis has teamed up with Tom Liston to create a revised and updated version.

Counter Hack Reloaded discusses new technologies and attack types, providing readers with the information needed to protect their computers and networks from being targeted by these attacks.

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Hacking for Dummies, Sixth Edition

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Kevin Beaver's Hacking for Dummies is now in its sixth edition, tackling the subject of hacking and boiling it down to exactly what you need to know. With humor and a straightforward presentation, Hacking for Dummies is a great resource whether you're worried about protecting your laptop or an entire network.