Small Book – Big Picture: Review by Scott Forbes

Web application developer and architect, Scott Forbes, reviews The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy by Patrick Engebretson, exclusively for IT Governance.

“This small book is a great concise introduction into web hacking and penetration testing.  But its more than just a survey of tools.  Engebretson explains what I call the “big picture”– i.e. how these tools are interrelated and chained together to support a complete penetration test.

There are larger books, and dozens of websites that list 100+ popular security tools– but how do these tools fit into a rational security assessment?  Engebretson answers that question and explains the wheres and whyfores of each of the key tools and techniques.

With the context and purpose fully explained, it’s time to roll up our sleeves.  The author provides  guidance on installing and using the most important tools. These aren’t complete tutorials on any one tool, but Engebretson provides the essential pointers to get you started.

If you are a curious individual who wants a practical real-world understanding of hacking and pen testing, then you will enjoy reading this book. ”

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