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Discovering Cybersecurity: A Technical Introduction for the Absolute Beginner 1st ed. Edition

AuthorSeth James Nielson

Published date: December 2023

May 10, 2024
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Apress; 1st ed. edition (December 9, 2023)

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 460 pages

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1484295595

  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1484295595

  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.54 pounds

  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.1 x 1.04 x 9.25 inches

Book Description

"Discovering Cybersecurity: A Technical Introduction for the Absolute Beginner" is a comprehensive guide designed to introduce the fundamental principles and technologies employed in today's cybersecurity landscape. Written by Seth James Nielson, PhD, this book aims to equip professionals from various backgrounds with the knowledge necessary to understand and effectively navigate the complex world of cybersecurity.

The book addresses the challenge of navigating the numerous technologies that vendors claim will "solve" an organization's cybersecurity issues. It emphasizes the importance of understanding these technologies and their appropriate context to avoid misuse, unnecessary expenditures, and false beliefs of security.

Key Features

  • Introduces major cybersecurity technologies and the fundamental principles behind them

  • Equips professionals with the knowledge to ask the right questions of vendors and better interface with their CISO and security organization

  • Suitable for beginners, including non-technical professionals such as policy makers, compliance teams, and business executives

What You Will Learn?

By reading "Discovering Cybersecurity," you will gain insights into:

  • Authentication technologies, including secure password storage and how hackers "crack" password lists

  • Access control technology, such as BLP, BIBA, RBAC, and ABAC

  • Core cryptography technology, including AES encryption and public key signatures

  • Classical host security technologies that protect against malware (viruses, trojans, ransomware)

  • Classical network security technologies, such as border security (gateways, firewalls, proxies), network IDS and IPS, and modern deception systems

  • Web security technologies, including cookies, state, and session defenses, and threats that try to subvert them

  • Email and social media security threats such as spam, phishing, social media, and other email threats

Who this Book is for?

"Discovering Cybersecurity" is intended for a wide range of readers, including:

  • Professionals with no technical training in engineering, computers, or other technology

  • Those who want to know things at a technical level but have no previous background

  • Professionals with a background in policy, compliance, and management

  • Technical professionals without a background in computer security who seek an introduction to security topics

  • Those with a security background who are not familiar with this breadth of technology

About the Author

Seth James Nielson, PhD, is the founder and chief scientist of Crimson Vista, a cybersecurity engineering company. He advises clients from startups to Fortune 50 companies on security matters. Dr. Nielson also teaches cybersecurity courses at the University of Texas at Austin. He has authored or co-authored papers on topics such as IoT security, hacking portable chemical manufacturing systems, and methods for teaching computer security to students. Dr. Nielson also co-authored the Apress book, "Practical Cryptography in Python."

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