“The Hacker Playbook” By Peter Kim, CEO of the infosec company SecurePlanet, is a must read for any penetration tester. It is the ins and outs of one man’s practice and its clearly told from experience and success. The book covers almost all areas of performing a penetration test, which can be a large breadth, in a concise and powerful way. I give this book 8 out of 10 stars because you can instantly tell the expertise of the author based on how tried-and-true the techniques are, as well as how he presents them in such a concise and straight forward manner. Throughout the book, Kim uses sports analogies to convey complex topics in a high level and practical way. The book can be used as a reference manual if you get stuck in a pen-test or read cover to cover in less than 300 pages. I highly recommend quickly reading through this book to all penetration testers, especially those who want to up their network penetration testing game. I’de say the book is split 20/80, in reference to theory vs practice. A large part of the book deals with the tools and walkthroughs to get the job done, however Kim constantly highlights important theories to live by, such as never becoming tool dependent to get a task accomplished, understand the vulnerability your exploiting, verify all of your tool findings independently, and draw all of your own reports and conclusions based on the findings. Having paid only $15 for the Amazon ebook, I’de say it was definitely worth it in value.
The book is largely based on modern security tools and techniques used by the open source info-sec community. Many of the techniques reference white papers written by other parties and there are lots of links and references to presentations at security conferences. The book is divided into 10 different sections, with odd sports reference names, but I will also give my interpretation of the sections along side. Each chapter covers a number of different tools, I will list them out, similar to my Penetration Testing with BackBox review:
Just as a professional athlete doesn’t show up without a solid game plan, ethical hackers, IT professionals, and security researchers should not be unprepared, either. The Hacker Playbook provides them their own game plans. Written by a longtime security professional and CEO of Secure Planet, LLC, this step-by-step guide to the “game” of penetration hacking features hands-on examples and helpful advice from the top of the field.
Through a series of football-style “plays,” this straightforward guide gets to the root of many of the roadblocks people may face while penetration testing—including attacking different types of networks, pivoting through security controls, privilege escalation, and evading antivirus software.
From “Pregame” research to “The Drive” and “The Lateral Pass,” the practical plays listed can be read in order or referenced as needed. Either way, the valuable advice within will put you in the mindset of a penetration tester of a Fortune 500 company, regardless of your career or level of experience.
This second version of The Hacker Playbook takes all the best “plays” from the original book and incorporates the latest attacks, tools, and lessons learned. Double the content compared to its predecessor, this guide further outlines building a lab, walks through test cases for attacks, and provides more customized code.
Whether you’re downing energy drinks while desperately looking for an exploit, or preparing for an exciting new job in IT security, this guide is an essential part of any ethical hacker’s library—so there’s no reason not to get in the game.
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The title of this book is The Hacker Playbook and it was written by Peter Kim. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. This books publish date is Mar 13, 2014 and it has a suggested retail price of $24.99. It was published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and has a total of 294 pages in the book.