Higher Education

Computer Security and Penetration Testing, 2nd Edition

  • Alfred Basta
  • Nadine Basta
  • Mary Brown Capella University
  • ISBN-10: 0840020937  |  ISBN-13: 9780840020932
  • 512 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $71.00
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Delivering up-to-the-minute coverage, COMPUTER SECURITY AND PENETRATION TESTING, Second Edition offers readers of all backgrounds and experience levels a well-researched and engaging introduction to the fascinating realm of network security. Spotlighting the latest threats and vulnerabilities, this cutting-edge text is packed with real-world examples that showcase today's most important and relevant security topics. It addresses how and why people attack computers and networks--equipping readers with the knowledge and techniques to successfully combat hackers. This edition also includes new emphasis on ethics and legal issues. The world of information security is changing every day – readers are provided with a clear differentiation between hacking myths and hacking facts. Straightforward in its approach, this comprehensive resource teaches the skills needed to go from hoping a system is secure to knowing that it is.

Features and Benefits

  • Delivers a comprehensive resource providing valuable insight to readers of all levels of training and experience.
  • Clear illustrations captivate readers' attention to ensure thorough understanding of key concepts.
  • Tested labs enable readers to get more out of the practical, hands-on examples.
  • Labs for Windows and Linux Operating Systems provide a low-stress but thorough introduction to Linux security tools.

Table of Contents

1. Ethics of Hacking and Cracking.
2. Reconnaissance.
3. Scanning Tools.
4. Sniffers.
5. TCP/IP Vulnerabilities.
6. Techniques of Password Cracking.
7. Spoofing.
8. Session Hijacking.
9. Hacking Network Devices.
10. Trojan Horses.
11. Denial of Service Attacks.
12. Buffer Overflows.
13. Programming Exploits.
14. Mail Vulnerabilities.
15. Web Application Vulnerabilities.
16. Windows Vulnerabilities.
17. Linux Vulnerabilities.
18. Incident Handling.

What's New

  • Spotlights the latest threats and vulnerabilities discovered by the hacking community.
  • All-new discussions emphasize the ethical and legal aspects of penetration testing.
  • In-depth historical perspectives related to current technologies and vulnerabilities offer additional insight.
  • Focuses on current threats to new technologies and removes older technologies no longer commonly used.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Alfred Basta

Alfred Basta, PhD, is a professor of mathematics, cryptography, and information security as well as a professional speaker on topics in Internet security, networking, and cryptography. He is a member of many associations including the Mathematical Association of America. Dr. Basta's other publications include MATHEMATICS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, LINUX OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION, and DATABASE SECURITY.

Nadine Basta

Nadine Basta, MS, is a professor of computer science, information technology, and security. Her numerous certifications include MCSE, MSDBA, CCDP, NCSE, NCTE, and CCA. A security consultant and auditor, she combines strong "in the field" experience with her academic background. She is also coauthor of MATHEMATICS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY and LINUX OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION.

Mary Brown

Mary Brown, PhD, CISSP, CISA, is a professor leading the information assurance and security and health informatics specializations at Capella University. She manages the curriculum for these programs and works with the NSA to maintain Capella as a Center of Excellence in IAS, including managing a website and blog. She also is a member of an advisory board for Advance IT, which promotes IT in Minnesota, as well as a member of numerous professional associations including the Information Systems Security Association. Additional publications include HIPAA PROGRAM REFERENCE HANDBOOK and ETHICAL ISSUES AND SECURITY MONITORING TRENDS IN GLOBAL HEALTHCARE: TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS.