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Resources to learn about security

I am currently just finishing a undergrad computer science degree, but I know very little about computer security. What are some good resources (aside from this site) to learn the fundamentals of ...
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Professional certifications for IT Security

Which credentials of the sub-list of IT certifications (as per the Information Systems Security Association) would be considered MUST HAVE for a IT Security specialist. Information Security CEH ...
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What “hacking” competitions/challenges exist? [closed]

I have always enjoyed trying to gain access to things I'm not really supposed to play around with. I found Hack This Site a long time ago and I learned a lot from it. The issue I have with HTS is that ...
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The valid role of obscurity

That security through obscurity is A Bad Thing is received wisdom and dogma in information security. Telling people why something is to be avoided can be considerably more difficult when there is no ...
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What security resources should a white-hat *developer* follow these days?

What sites, twitter accounts, FOSS software should a white-hat code 'hacker' follow these days? Do Include: Late breaking information on new security issues (RSS, Twitter, etc) A website that ...
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Vulnerable OS's?

Which vulnerable OS's like for example DVL would you recommend for someone to use for the purpose of pentest/exploitation learning?
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Books about Penetration Testing

What are the books you advise describing methods or steps required to make a successful penetration test? I have a base knowledge of common security checks, but it would be great if someone more ...
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Good (preferably free) resource for CISSP practice questions

I'm looking to sit for my exam in a few weeks, and I want to have a good set of practice tests to bounce against and make sure that I'm up to par with the types of questions that will be asked.
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I see entry level security skills as a problem for industry - what can we do about it?

Okay, so we push corporates to improve security, and provide training to IT staff and awareness presentations to CEO's etc, but each year a new batch of graduates are brought in to companies as others ...
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Programming language for network security

I am working as a tester now. I am planning to move to the domain of security such as a CEH or CISSP. But many say that to be a great hacker you need to know at least one programming language well. I ...
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which site do you use to view details of vulnerabilities? [closed]

Which site/sites do you guys use to view details of security vulnerabilities?
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Best Security Conferences? [closed]

Not sure if this question is too broad, if it is please let me know, we could probably turn it into a wiki. I'm posting this as a reference for other users. What would you say are the best ...
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Where can I get security breach alerts?

I've been following a mish-mash of Google News alerts as well as some 'security' influencers on Twitter, but have a feeling there's a more efficient way to deal with this out there...
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Beginners materials for web security [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Resources to learn about security What materials can I study to learn web development security. I'm a web developer, I use ASP.NET, Java, PHP, and JavaScript. I want to ...
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Best resources to learn web security attacks? [closed]

Can anyone suggest good resources to learn about vulnerabilities in and attacks on web sites, in a hands-on way, for someone with limited programming experience?
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How to keep an eye on upgrades, patches and security issues for used open-source libraries?

For a project with many open-source libraries as a part of it, I began to search for information source concerning all upgrades and security issues. The kind of sources I gathered are either ...
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CEH or GIAC - Which one should I pursue?

After a lot of Google and forum searches, I found out CISSP is one of the few valuable certs. Unfortunately, I only have 2 years of experience and don't have any specific experience in security ...
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List of good security podcast one should listen to

I'm a hard core dyslectic who wants to read up on all things security without the reading part. So I want to know what good high quality security podcasts are there? I'm interested in almost ...
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If you could have only one book on web security, what would it be?

If you could have only one book on web security, what would it be?
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“Hello World” example of a Buffer Overflow attack in many programming languages

I'm looking for a very simple application that has an intentional Buffer Overflow embedded in it. I'm assuming this possible in systems where DEP and ASLR are not being used Ideally (and if ...
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What key attributes indicate candidate potential for future success in a security career?

So you are looking to hire a fresh graduate to work in an entry-level/trainee IT security role that covers a wide range of tasks: vulnerability research, penetration testing, secure software ...
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Best website to learn computer security basics? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Resources to learn about security Can someone advice on which are the good sites out there to learn the basics of computer security from?
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How to learn penetration testing at home?

I am interested in learning ethical hacking or penetration testing to head towards a career in that direction. I have a strong knowledge of linux and unix, basic computer theory and practice and ...
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List of good security blogs one should read

I graduated this year and am working in the security domain. I want to explore security topics and don't have a strong background since it was not part of our curriculum. Can you list some good ...
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Courses on “Secure Software Development”

This semester, I'm offering a course on "secure software development." The course is divided into three parts: Secure Software Engineering Reverse Engineering Secure Coding Do you know any courses ...
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Where should I go from here to be a pentester?

I would like some tips on what I can study to be a better penetration tester. That is what I would like to work towards being, although I have trouble knowing where to start. I have a decent ...
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As a beginner in IT Security, should I learn TCP/IP?

I'm a university lecturer and a web and desktop software developer. For many reasons I want to learn software security to change my field in the long run. It's been a few days that I've started ...
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Beginner level security for a CS student

I am a final year CS student, and would like to study info sec. Till today, I've been reading infosec mailing lists, some Phrack papers etc., but all in a very casual way. I am interested in learning ...
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Best source(s) for security related news? [closed]

What is the best place to go for security news? I am looking for everything from news updates to editorials to guides and research. Anywhere considered more reliable or particularly hard-hitting? ...
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How to get into RFID auditing?

I would like to get more knowledge around RFID-systems auditing. Does anyone have a basic guide step-by-step which I can use to set up a lab with proper RFID "sniffing" equipment? I would like to ...
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Reading about security by design?

Security folks often encourage people to build security in from the start, and architect systems that are secure by design. What are some readings you would recommend for someone who wants to learn ...
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SANS training - worth it?

I am a programmer, doing mostly web development now, dealing also with securing the web applications in my line of work. I have reasonable knowledge of security matters, though not always staying ...
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Building a Security Training Simulation environment

My university is keen to build a security training simulation environment/platform and it will be a good learning experience for students. I Googled around to find out how it is built, but I only ...
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How do you organize a code review / static analysis report?

Recently I get involved in a security code review. I found many format string, buffer overflow and dangerous libc function call. Right now I need to write down a report with all the stuff founded ...
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Can you pass C|EH without any hands-on experience in hacking tools

I've been in the IT security industry for well almost a year now since I graduated last year and I'm currently thinking about taking up C|EH examination. I've glanced through several prep and review ...
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Literature about IT security from a hardware standpoint

Can you point me to any book, blog, paper, anything about IT security on the lowest possible level (hardware)? I'm primary interested in the motherboard, CPU & GPU, however, if you know any good ...
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How to convince your boss about importance of IT security

Do you know how could I make my security complaints/advices more effective? Or How could I convince my boss about IT security? There are a couple of known good practices in the field of IT security. ...
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What are the basic certification course for beginners?

I am an application developer in MNC with 2 year experience. What are the basic certification or course should I do what can help myself to shift in security field?
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would preparing for CCNA add “significantly” to my knowledge as a penetration tester?

I'm a post graduate student and self taught programmer. I concentrated on Computer Networks & Operating Systems more during my undergraduate studies. I can explain usually used protocols by ...
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What are the risks of a rogue Access Point? What lessons can be learned from the Wifi Pineapple?

I'd like to educate colleagues and peers on rogue access points using the tool "Wifi Pineapple". What are some specific security-related lessons I could demonstrate? If applicable, what are the ...