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Hacking the Hacker.

Hacking the Hacker

Roger A. Grimes


c/o Wiley Professional Trade Group

111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774

9781119396215, $25.00, PB, 320pp,

Synopsis: Hacking computer information is an growing and enormous problem ranging from issues of personal privacy, to national security, to the very foundations of an informed electorate-based democracy.

In "Hacking the Hacker: Learn From the Experts Who Take Down Hackers", Roger A. Grimes draws upon his more than 27 years as a professional penetration tester who has successfully broke into every company he was hired to hack within an hour (with a single exception that took three hours) takes the reader inside the world of cybersecurity to show what goes on behind the scenes, and introduces the men and women on the front lines of this technological arms race.

Twenty-six of the world's top white hat hackers, security researchers, writers, and leaders, describe what they do and why, with each profile preceded by a no-experience-necessary explanation of the relevant technology. Dorothy Denning discusses advanced persistent threats, Martin Hellman describes how he helped invent public key encryption, Bill Cheswick talks about firewalls, Dr. Charlie Miller talks about hacking cars, and other cybersecurity experts from around the world detail the threats, their defenses, and the tools and techniques they use to thwart the most advanced criminals history has ever seen.

Light on jargon and heavy on intrigue, "Hacking the Hacker" is designed to be an introduction to the field; final chapters include a guide for parents of young hackers, as well as the Code of Ethical Hacking to help readers start on their own journey to the top.

As a field, cybersecurity is large and multi-faceted, and yet not historically diverse. With a massive demand for qualified professional that is only going to grow, opportunities are endless. "Hacking the Hacker" shows why we should give the field a closer look.

Critique: Impressively informative, comprehensive, organized and presented, "Hacking the Hacker: Learn From the Experts Who Take Down Hackers" is an extraordinary and highly recommended study that is emphatically and unreservedly recommended for community, corporate, governmental, and academic library Computer Science & Technology collections in general, and Computer Hacking instructional reference supplemental study lists in particular. For students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject it should be noted that "Hacking the Hacker" is also available in a Kindle format ($13.00).

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Author:Buhle, Willis M.
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Article Type:Book review
Date:Jun 1, 2017
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