Higher Education: 15 Books to Help Cybersecurity Pros Be Better

Constant learning is a requirement for cybersecurity professionals. Here are 15 books recommended by professionals to continue a professional's education.
The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet
Red Team Field Manual
Blue Team Field Manual
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of Kevin Mitnick by the Man Who Did It
Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms and Source Code in C
Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking
McSweeney's Issue 54: The End of Trust
You'll see this message when it is too late: The Legal and Economic Aftermath of Cybersecurity Breaches
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
Silence on the Wire: A Field Guide to Passive Reconnaissance and Indirect Attacks
How To Measure Anything In Cybersecurity Risk
Preventing Ransomware: Understand, Prevent, and Remediate Ransomware Attacks
Phoenix Project

When you want to move a lot of information to a human endpoint, it's hard to beat the bandwidth of a book. Used in everything from recreation to university education, a full bookshelf (whether paper or digital) is part of the requirement for any well-prepared professional.

Dark Reading asked users on social media which books they would recommend for professionals looking to increase their level of knowledge and understanding.

The books recommended go across the spectrum from novels that teach new methods to books the explore broad social issues to hands-on books for developers. In every case, though, the book listed teaches something important about security and its application in the enterprise.

Are there books that have been an important part of your security education? If so, we'd like to know. Share those critical books with us in the comments — you'll be helping your peers build a better bookshelf for their security libraries.

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