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Best Cyber Security Books You Should Enjoy

There are countless Cyber Security courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Cyber Security: Comprehensive Beginners Guide to Learn the Basics and Effective Methods of Cyber Security (2019)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyWe live in a world where the kind of connections you have can make a big difference in your life. These connections are not just about personal and professional relationships, but also about networks. Computer networks must share connections to enable us access to useful information we need online. While these connections help us create a bustling life online, they have also become a cause for worry and concern, hence the need to understand cyber security.In this book, you will learn about the fundamental concepts of cyber security. These are facts that form the foundation of your knowledge in…
Author(s): Brian Walker

2. Cybersecurity for Beginners (2017)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyThis book provides an easy insight into the essentials of cybersecurity, even if you have a non-technical background. You may be a business person keen to understand this important subject area or an information security specialist looking to update your knowledge. ‘The world has changed more in the past 10 years than in any 10 year period in human history… Technology is no longer a peripheral servant, it shapes our daily lives. Companies that can use technology wisely and well are booming, companies that make bad or no technology choices collapse and disappear. The cloud, smart devices and the ability to connect almost…
Author(s): Raef Meeuwisse

3. CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide: Master IT security essentials and exam topics for CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 certification (2018)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyCompTIA Security+ is a worldwide certification that establishes the fundamental knowledge required to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career. CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide is a best-in-class exam study guide that covers all of CompTIA Security+ 501 exam objectives. It is authored by Ian Neil, who is a world-class trainer of CompTIA Security+ 501. Packed with self-assessment scenarios and realistic exam questions, this guide will help you master the core concepts to succeed in the exam the first time you take it. Using relevant…
Author(s): Ian Neil

4. Cybersecurity – Attack and Defense Strategies: Infrastructure security with Red Team and Blue Team tactics (2018)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyThe book will start talking about the security posture before moving to Red Team tactics, where you will learn the basic syntax for the Windows and Linux tools that are commonly used to perform the necessary operations. You will also gain hands-on experience of using new Red Team techniques with powerful tools such as python and PowerShell, which will enable you to discover vulnerabilities in your system and how to exploit them. Moving on, you will learn how a system is usually compromised by adversaries, and how they hack user’s identity, and the various…
Author(s): Yuri Diogenes, Erdal Ozkaya

5. Cybersecurity Essentials (2018)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyCybersecurity Essentials provides a comprehensive introduction to the field, with expert coverage of essential topics required for entry-level cybersecurity certifications. An effective defense consists of four distinct challenges: securing the infrastructure, securing devices, securing local networks, and securing the perimeter. Overcoming these challenges requires a detailed understanding of the concepts and practices within each realm. This book covers each challenge individually for greater depth of information, with real-world scenarios that show…
Author(s): Charles J. Brooks, Christopher Grow, et al.

6. The Hacker Playbook 3: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing (2018)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyBack for the third season, The Hacker Playbook 3 (THP3) takes your offensive game to the pro tier. With a combination of new strategies, attacks, exploits, tips and tricks, you will be able to put yourself in the center of the action toward victory. The main purpose of this book is to answer questions as to why things are still broken. For instance, with all the different security products, secure code reviews, defense in depth, and penetration testing requirements, how are we still seeing massive security breaches happening to major corporations and governments? The…
Author(s): Peter Kim

7. From CIA to APT: An Introduction to Cyber Security (2017)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyMost introductory books on cyber security are either too technical for popular readers, or too casual for professional ones. This book, in contrast, is intended to reside somewhere in the middle. That is, while concepts are explained in a friendly manner for any educated adult, the book also necessarily includes network diagrams with the obligatory references to clouds, servers, and packets. But don’t let this scare you. Anyone with an ounce of determination can get through every page of this book, and will come out better informed, not only on…
Author(s): Edward G. Amoroso, Matthew E. Amoroso

8. Effective Cybersecurity: A Guide to Using Best Practices and Standards (2018)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyIn , William Stallings introduces the technology, operational procedures, and management practices needed for successful cybersecurity. Stallings makes extensive use of standards and best practices documents that are often used to guide or mandate cybersecurity implementation. Going beyond these, he offers in-depth tutorials on the “how” of implementation, integrated into a unified framework and realistic plan of action. Each chapter contains a clear technical overview, as well as a detailed discussion of action items and appropriate policies. Stallings offers many pedagogical…
Author(s): William Stallings

9. Beginners Guide: How to Become a Cyber-Security Analyst: Phase 1 – FISMA Compliance (RMF) (2018)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyNot sure how to start a career in Cyber-security? You’ve finally came to the right place…This is the first of a 3-phase course that cater to beginners that are interested in but are timid about breaking into the field of IT. In this course I counter that apprehension with simplified explanations and mentorship-style language. Rather than providing a list of theories and concepts to memorize, you will gain hands on, true-to-life experiences. In addition to this book, you also have the option to watch enacted videos of every lesson in this…
Author(s): Paul Oyelakin

10. Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War (2017)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should Enjoy“An important, disturbing, and gripping history” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), the never-before-told story of the computer scientists and the NSA, Pentagon, and White House policymakers who invent and employ cyber wars—where every country can be a major power player and every hacker a mass destroyer.In June 1983, President Reagan watched the movie War Games, in which a teenager unwittingly hacks the Pentagon, and asked his top general if the scenario was plausible. The general said it was. This set in motion the first presidential directive on computer security. From the 1991…
Author(s): Fred Kaplan

11. Cybersecurity: An Essential Guide to Computer and Cyber Security for Beginners, Including Ethical Hacking, Risk Assessment, Social Engineering, Attack and Defense Strategies, and Cyberwarfare (2018)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyDo you create tons of accounts you will never again visit? Do you get annoyed thinking up new passwords, so you just use the same one across all your accounts? Does your password contain a sequence of numbers, such as “123456”? Do you automatically click all links and download all email attachments coming from your friends? This book will show you just how incredibly lucky you are that nobody’s hacked you before.With this handy little book as your starting point, you can finally go from a starry-eyed internet user to a paranoid cybersecurity geek. With plenty of examples, this book will show you…
Author(s): Lester Evans

12. Cyber Security Basics: Protect your organization by applying the fundamentals (2016)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyInformation security does not have to be complicated. Vulnerability to cyber attacks can be significantly reduced if the basics are practiced. A clear understanding of the fundamentals can help ensure that adequate detective and protective controls are in place, and that a solid information security foundation is established. This book covers concepts and controls. It is a good primer for those new to the field, and a refresher for the more seasoned practitioner. It is for those who are tasked with creating, leading, supporting or improving an organization’s cyber security program. The goal is to help clear some of the fog that…
Author(s): Don Franke

13. Blue Team Handbook: Incident Response Edition: A condensed field guide for the Cyber Security Incident Responder. (2014)

 Best Cyber Security Books You Should EnjoyBTHb:INRE – Version 2.2 now available. Voted #3 of the 100 Best Cyber Security Books of All Time by Vinod Khosla, Tim O’Reilly and Marcus Spoons Stevens on as of 06/09/2018! The Blue Team Handbook is a “zero fluff” reference guide for cyber security incident responders, security engineers, and InfoSec pros alike. The BTHb includes essential information in a condensed handbook format. Main topics include the incident response process, how attackers work, common tools for incident response, a methodology for network analysis, common indicators of compromise,…
Author(s): Murdoch GSE, Don

Best Cyber Security Books You Should Enjoy

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some cyber security books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Kali Linux Hacking: A Complete Step by Step Guide to Learn the Fundamentals of Cyber Security, Hacking, and Penetration Testing. Includes Valuable Basic Networking Concepts

Author(s): Ethem Mining
Publisher: Independently published, Year: 6 Dec 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2451912

Cyber Security Intelligence and Analytics

Author(s): Zheng Xu, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, Ali Dehghantanha, Reza Parizi, Mohammad Hammoudeh
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 68 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407727

Cyber Security: The Lifeline Of Information And Communication Technology

Author(s): Ramjee Prasad, Vandana Rohokale
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2426676

Cyberspace Mimic Defense: Generalized Robust Control And Endogenous Security

Author(s): Jiangxing Wu
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2444864

Machine Learning Approaches In Cyber Security Analytics

Author(s): Tony Thomas, Athira P Vijayaraghavan, Sabu Emmanuel
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2450444

Handbook Of Computer Networks And Cyber Security: Principles And Paradigms

Author(s): Brij Gupta, Gregorio Martinez Perez, Dharma P. Agrawal, Deepak Gupta
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 23 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2457380

Mastering Linux Security And Hardening: Protect Your Linux Systems From Intruders, Malware Attacks, And Other Cyber Threats

Author(s): Donald A. Tevault
Publisher: Packtpub, Year: 2020, Size: 18 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2480334

Secrets of a Cyber Security Architect

Author(s): Brook S. E. Schoenfield
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2020, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2487206

Author(s): Auto-ISAC
Publisher: Auto-ISAC, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2506289

Distributed Control Methods and Cyber Security Issues in Microgrids

Author(s): Wenchao Meng (editor), Xiaoyu Wang (editor), Shichao Liu (editor)
Publisher: Academic Press, Year: 2020, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2521805

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly hot items according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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