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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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Textbook for grad/undergrad cybersecurity class

I'm looking for recommendations for a text in cybersecurity for mixed grad-undergrad class. I need the text to have the following features: Current - I realize that this is the type of field where ...
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Preparation for Blue Team Competitions [closed]

I am a CS student, and am considering competing in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Although I have a fair amount of experience in programming competitions (e.g. ACM at High School ...
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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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Books to start the study of TCP/IP [closed]

I'm 20 years old and have no knowledge in the world of information security! I'm currently studying engineering and I've recently found what work I want to do (pentesting or a career in fields like ...
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What college majors are suitable for a career in security? [closed]

I was recently asked by a friend of mine (outside the computer science field) if he can be successful in web-application pen-testing I took this as an excuse to ask a more comprehensive question. I ...
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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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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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Syllabus for self-studying information security and Pentesting [closed]

I'm someone who's distant, industry-wise, from technology. I'm actually in the medical field. That said, I'm very interested in technology and specifically in information security. I'd like to make a ...
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Jobs Regarding Network Security

I am new college graduate from India with no job experience. I have deep interest in Information Security and would like to a work for any good company related to the field. Since I don't have ...
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System Hardening: Outsource to Security Expert or have Sys Admin do it? [closed]

Can any of you security experts help me make a decision on how to deal with staffing for an initial hardening for an Apache server running MySQL and PHP? We are working on a new site have to do ...
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Applications of ODEs to Cybersecurity

My university's cybersecurity program allows one to take a course in ordinary differential equations as an elective. The course would be interesting to take, although I don't know how I'd apply it to ...
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Worthy security related certifications for a software engineer [closed]

I am a software engineer with an interest in expanding my knowledge in the security field. In addition to security.stackexchange and OWASP, I am currently reading the book "The web application ...
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How to get started in information security with sales background?

I am currently a Masters student looking to change career from sales to IT, specifically Information Security. What are some good resources about finding jobs? What skills should I focus on to get a ...
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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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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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Is writing shellcode still a valid skill to have/learn?

Following up from this question: Should I bother teaching buffer overflows any more? I am a it sec researcher and also security course instructor. Recently questions have been raised about the ...
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security clearance for programmers

I am programmer by day and night, I work within security at the moment working on some security products. I have noticed a few non software engineering based roles which require security clearance. I ...
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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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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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Tricky code to make memory-safe

I'm designing a homework challenge for students who are learning about memory safety and writing secure C code. As part of this, I am looking for a small programming task where it's non-trivial to ...
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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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Can too much web searching be a danger to a security professional?

As a junior security professional, I spend a lot of time goggling for things such as 'wpa dictionaries', 'vulnerabilities...' , 'how to crack ...','and so on. I sometimes feel like I am calling for ...
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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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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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Application security training for developers

I am trying to establish an application security group within an organization and although there is a plethora of courses for penetration testers, i fail to find an equal amount of training courses ...
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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 ...
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Network and Security Associates v.s. CISCO Security Associates [closed]

My college is expanding the Information Technology department to include Networking and Security as well as the CISCO Security. In my research online I have found different information for each ...
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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 things should a penetration tester know about databases?

I want to start learning about databases from a penetration tester's perspective and I would like to know what things will be useful on the long run. Also do you know any good books to kickstart my ...
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How would one go about becoming a Security Researcher

Can any Security Researchers/Pentesters/Hackers point me in a direction to learn about becoming a Security Researcher and steps to take?
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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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Course project that teaches secure design

I'm looking for a class project that (1) is scalable to large classes, and (2) teaches secure design. This is for an undergraduate course on computer security. Hopefully, it would be educational and ...
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How to attract hackers?

I'm contributing to an open source project and we setup a testbed for security testing. We want to start a challenge to find security flaws and my question is: how do we attract hackers to ...
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Starting out in IT security…what are some starting sites/books to learn from [duplicate]

I'm currently and really finally working on my college degree. I am currently working on a Bachelor's in Business Information Systems. Basically I want that to be my springboard into the field of IT ...
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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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Pursue career in Network Security [duplicate]

My qualification is Masters in Computer Science and i am currently working as a Technical Support Associate (Network Support) with a MNC. I am good with JAVA programing and have worked on some small ...
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Breaking into the IT Security Industry as a pentester [closed]

I am currently a programmer with 4 years of experience. In the past I have done tech support for a few years and was an instructor at an IT trade school for a few years. I have a good balance of IT ...
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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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Study roadmap to write a crypter / backdoor

Recently I came across a site called SecurityTube.net, which has a ton of amazing security stuff. I'm following their Python Scripting Expert videos which are totally worth it. I also came across the ...
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personal studies to become a security expert [closed]

I'm a little late, I'm 21 always been interested in IT and this past year I've looked here and there for computer security, but I don't have a diploma. I never had any idea on what to do in my life ...
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What are some signs that a certain degree in information security will be a quality one?

I have been searching frantically for a college that has a good information security program. One of the ones I came across is Wilmington Universities Computer and Network Security program. I got a ...
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Cryptography Online Education [closed]

Do the security experts at IT Security have a preference between the two cryptography courses offered by Coursera (Stanford), "Cryptography I" and Udacity, "Applied Cryptography"? I am seeking an ...
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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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which certification course should I choose? [closed]

The company I'm working in propose among others the following courses related to security ISO 27001 Lead Auditor ISO 27001 Lead Implementer Certified Certified Information Systems Security ...
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Is advanced mathematics relevant to security beyond cryptography?

Short question. The title says it all... is advanced mathematics (i.e. beyond the classic college level calculus sequence) relevant to any field of computer security besides cryptography? By relevant, ...
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SANS Forensic Course -worth it? [closed]

I'm a Security Student at Pennsylvania State University and I am considering taking FOR408 through SANS this summer in Pittsburgh (not far from my home). I really want this to help me stand out in my ...
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Resources for building a network security curriculum

I am currently helping my teacher create a curriculum around IT Security because it isn't currently implemented. Some previous question had decent responses but I was wondering if there was more. My ...
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What should someone learn to get into IT Security? [closed]

I want to learn about security. How to monitor systems, mobile devices, computers etc. What sort of stuff do I need to research to get into my own devices and monitor/change things, be fluent in Linux ...
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What preparation do I need to fullfil for OSCP?

I am new to this whole Offensive Security field. Also I have not spent much time in IT. 6 months back I started running behind Offensive Security & started studying. First I studied for C|EH and ...