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Hands-On Ethical Hacking and Network Defense by James E. Corley, Kent Backman, Michael T. Simpson

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INTRODUCTION

The need for security professionals who understand how attackers compromise networks is growing each day. You can’t pick up a newspaper without seeing an article on identity theft or credit card numbers being stolen from unprotected databases. In the last few years, the U.S. President has created an organization with the sole purpose of countering cyber threats and attacks. Both public and private companies rely on skilled professionals to conduct test attacks on their networks as a way to discover vulnerabilities before attackers do. “Ethical hacker” is one term used to describe these professionals; others are “security tester” or “penetration tester.”

This book isn’t intended to provide comprehensive training in security testing ...

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