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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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Books on Cryptography, with a focus on application to Network Security?

Looking for some nice text books in the field of network security as part of my course. Our course covers mainly tls, ssl, pgp, smime, vpn, md5, hmac ....
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Firewall demo - iptables

I have to make a demonstration about firewalls in my class as a student(university). It should be implemented using iptables on Linux. I am reading all the theories around them but I can't figure out ...
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Ranking of web security conferences

I have prepared a paper to publish in a web security conference. How can I know the ranking of available conferences to know which conference is better? For example, should I look at their sponsors?
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Is Schneier's “Applied Cryptography” current?

I've been recommended Bruce Schneier's 1994 book Applied Cryptography as an introduction to the use and the inner workings of cryptography. Is this book still current and a good introduction?
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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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Topics for SecureCoding course in C

So I was asked to put together a syllabus for a series of courses on the basics of secure coding, for a programming team. Though the time constraints are a bit... constraining, I'm working around that....
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Security Conferences in United Kingdom

I have already read the post of best security conferences, but am not able to find any academic security conferences, even through Microsoft Academic Search. I admit this question is quite localized, ...
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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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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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Some good resources on viruses/worms?

I am searching good info on sophisticated viruses/worms. One example would be STUXNET and the very good analysis made by folks from Symantec. Any ideas?
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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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Should I go for Master of Science by GIAC SANS and what to do with my expiring GSEC cert?

I am now concentrating on my startup which is basically a one-man show. At the same time, i just received an email from SANS Technology Institute’s (STI) about their exciting new accelerated option ...
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Video Tutorials resources for IT Security

I am looking for Video Tutorials for IT Security or related. Something like khanacademy.org but for IT Security. Suggestions?
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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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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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Suggested reading list: OS exploits

In computer security, my areas of interest include x86 processors, binary exploitation and reverse engineering. I'm also interested in the certain aspects of the minix and the linux kernel(memory ...
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CEH resources for exam prep

For an upcoming contract I'm required to have the CEH certification (even though there won't be much PenTesting) so I'm working through that now. I've gone through all of the reccomended EC Council ...
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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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Most informative DEF CON talk?

I didn't make it to DEF CON this last year... I'd like to know what you thought was the most interesting/informative presentation and possibly a link to more information on the topic. [mod - ...
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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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dealing with small businesses and security issues

I am dealing with a small business that I have no choice right now but to deal with. I do not work for this business but my personal life dictates that I use them right now. I noticed a few months ago ...
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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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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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What is a “pre-play” attack?

I understand what a replay attack is, but I keep reading about a pre-play attack. What is it? Is it when someone intercepts an unused message and blocks the sender so they can't finish using it, and ...
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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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What does a MCSE need to learn to be proficient regarding *nix security?

I have a top notch Windows MCSE/MCSD (developer) who wants to broaden his skills with Linux security... but needs to update his skills from the Ultrix / Yellowpages days of 40 years ago. What ...
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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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What policies maximize incident detection (and compromise detection)?

What are the equivalent digital parallels to the practice of offering bonuses to employees challenging persons in a secured area without a visible badge?
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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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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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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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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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Professional certifications for IT Security [closed]

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? CEH Certified Ethical Hacker ...
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Courses on “Secure Software Development” [closed]

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 of any ...