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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.
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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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mrmarks001
mrmarks001,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/17/2019 | 12:57:43 PM
Additional books I recommend
  • @War by Shane Harris
  • The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age by David E. Sanger
  • Messing with the enemy
  • Kingpin
  • Zero Day
  • Ghost in the Wires
  • The Art of * series by Kevin Mitnick

 

cbear42
cbear42,
User Rank: Strategist
12/13/2018 | 12:39:57 PM
Another Great Cybersecurity Books Resource
The Cybersecurity Canon of Books is maintained by Palo Alto Networks with this goal:

"To identify a list of must-read books for all cybersecurity practitioners – be they from industry, government or academia — where the content is timeless, genuinely represents an aspect of the community that is true and precise, reflects the highest quality and, if not read, will leave a hole in the cybersecurity professional's education that will make the practitioner incomplete.

Some great reads and Palo Alto takes it all quite seriously. The have an entire committee set up to review the books, and anyone can submit a book for their review and possible inclusion.

cybercanon.paloaltonetworks.com

 
enhayden1321
enhayden1321,
User Rank: Author
12/13/2018 | 12:16:20 AM
One More Book Suggestion
One more book to add to this collection is THE VICTORIAN INTERNET.
BrianN060
BrianN060,
User Rank: Ninja
12/12/2018 | 11:35:18 PM
Re: Great picks
I'm sure I recommended The Cuckoo's Egg here before. 

One compelling aspect of the story is that it took place when events transpired over longer time periods - one closer to our human experience.  Stoll was able to follow the attacker's activities in real time, as most progressed no faster than a person can type.  
SimonB1262125
SimonB1262125,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/12/2018 | 4:16:38 PM
Good list
Obviously everyones version will be slightly different but personally I would have to have Mitnick's Art of Deception. Read it many uears ago, around the same time as Cuckoos Egg, and totally blew me away as I was fairly new to the industry at the time and never come across social engineering before.
REISEN1955
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
12/12/2018 | 3:14:39 PM
Great picks
The Cuckoo's Egg is a wonderful if terrifying book - if only for the complacency so many military sites and sys admins felt about their passwords, user accounts and walls.  Incredible and fun read but full of lessons that still apply. 
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