You can't secure what you don't acknowledge.SM

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What's your communication style?

Great IT & infosec-related quote:

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something." -Plato

Good communication is arguably the most important factor for success.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Introducing the brand new Hacking For Dummies, 4th edition

Well, it's here...the fourth edition of my book Hacking For Dummies is officially available today!



Starting summer of 2012 and ending just before Christmas, I put in over 200 hours of blood, sweat, tears, and occasional cussing into this edition...more than any previous updates to the book. That said, my savvy technical editor, Peter Davis, and the wonderful editors at Wiley, Becky Huehls, Virginia Sanders, and Amy Fandrei were the real magic behind it all.

Thanks to everyone's hard work, I truly feel like Hacking For Dummies has finally come of age.

You're not going to learn every single technical detail of every possible security test. As I've said in the past, you need to use the proven time-management principle of focusing on the urgent and the important...eliminating the nasty, silly, and dangerous low-hanging fruit in your environment.That's exactly what Hacking For Dummies, 4th edition is all about.

In addition to walking you through, step by step, the entire information security assessment process (understanding the threats, planning, testing, reporting, and plugging the holes), I also talk about getting management buy-in and costly mistakes to avoid. I share my real-world experiences on what to do and what not to do in order to get the most out of your information security testing and risk management processes.

This edition has a lot of new content including coverage of Windows 8, mobile devices, and mobile apps. I've also fleshed out my chapters on hacking passwords, wireless networks, and web applications.

Hacking For Dummies is not the be-all end-all resource for information security testing. I wouldn't want to put myself out of business! And after all, there is no definitive resource on this subject.

What I can say is if you're looking for a no frills, common sense, street smart guide on the core essentials of ethical hacking, the key vulnerabilities to test for, and some hard lessons I've learned along the way, then Hacking For Dummies, 4th edition is for you. Check it out...I think you'll like it.