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In today's interconnected world, the protection of digital assets and sensitive information is of paramount importance. "Mastering Cyber Security" equips you with the essential knowledge, practical insights, and proven strategies needed to defend against cyber threats and secure critical systems.


Authored by esteemed expert Kris Hermans, this definitive guide covers a wide range of topics, from fundamental principles to advanced techniques, providing a holistic understanding of cyber security. Through real-world examples, case studies, and hands-on exercises, you'll gain the skills and confidence required to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats.

Mastering Cyber Security

  • 1.Introduction to Cybersecurity
    1.1.Understanding Cybersecurity
    1.2.Importance of Cybersecurity in the Digital Age
    1.3.Evolution of Cyber Threats
    1.4.Cybersecurity Frameworks and Standards

    2.Fundamentals of Information Security
    2.1.Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA) Triad
    2.2.Risk Management and Threat Modeling
    2.3.Security Policies, Procedures, and Controls
    2.4.Security Awareness and Training

    3.Network Security
    3.1.Network Architecture and Components
    3.2.Network Protocols and Encryption
    3.3.Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)
    3.4.Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
    3.5.Wireless Network Security

    4.Operating System Security
    4.1.Securing Different Operating Systems (Windows, Linux, macOS)
    4.2.User Authentication and Access Control
    4.3.Patch Management and Vulnerability Scanning
    4.4.Host-based Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS)
    4.5.Disk Encryption and Secure Boot

    5.Application Security
    5.1.Secure Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
    5.2.Web Application Security
    5.3.Mobile Application Security
    5.4.Secure Coding Practices
    5.5.Application Penetration Testing

    6.Cryptography and Encryption
    6.1.Basics of Cryptography
    6.2.Symmetric and Asymmetric Encryption
    6.3.Hash Functions and Digital Signatures
    6.4.Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
    6.5.Cryptographic Attacks and Countermeasures

    7.Cloud Security
    7.1.Cloud Computing Concepts
    7.2.Cloud Service Models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
    7.3.Cloud Deployment Models (Public, Private, Hybrid)
    7.4.Cloud Security Risks and Mitigation Strategies
    7.5.Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM)

    8.Incident Response and Forensics
    8.1.Incident Response Planning and Execution
    8.2.Digital Forensics and Evidence Collection
    8.3.Malware Analysis and Reverse Engineering
    8.4.Incident Handling and Reporting
    8.5.Post-Incident Lessons Learned and Continuous Improvement

    9.Social Engineering and Human Factors
    9.1.Understanding Social Engineering Techniques
    9.2.Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing Attacks
    9.3.Insider Threats and Employee Awareness
    9.4.Security Culture and Behavioral Change
    9.5.Building a Resilient Human Firewall

    10.Emerging Trends in Cybersecurity
    10.1.Internet of Things (IoT) Security
    10.2.Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in Security
    10.3.Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrencies
    10.4.Quantum Computing and its Impact on Security
    10.5.Cybersecurity in a Hyperconnected World

    11.Governance, Risk, and Compliance
    11.1.Cybersecurity Governance
    11.2.Risk Assessment and Management
    11.3.Regulatory Compliance (GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSS)
    11.4.Security Audits and Assessments
    11.5.Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery

    12.Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
    12.1.Understanding Ethical Hacking
    12.2.Penetration Testing Methodologies
    12.3.Tools and Techniques for Penetration Testing
    12.4.Reporting and Remediation of Vulnerabilities
    12.5.Continuous Security Testing and Improvement

    13.Securing Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
    13.1.Overview of Industrial Control Systems
    13.2.Security Challenges in ICS Environments
    13.3.Securing SCADA Systems
    13.4.ICS Network Segmentation and Monitoring
    13.5.Best Practices for ICS Security

    14.Cybersecurity for Small Businesses
    14.1.Cybersecurity Challenges for Small Businesses
    14.2.Cost-Effective Security Measures
    14.3.Vendor and Third-Party Risk Management
    14.4.Incident Response Planning for Small Businesses
    14.5.Employee Training and Security Awareness Programs

    15.Privacy and Data Protection
    15.1.Personal Data Protection Laws and Regulations
    15.2.Privacy by Design and Default
    15.3.Data Breach Notification and Response
    15.4.Data Privacy Compliance in the Cloud
    15.5.Data Anonymization and De-Identification

    16.Future Perspectives on Cybersecurity
    16.1.Security in a Hyperconnected World
    16.2.AI and Automation in Cybersecurity
    16.3.Quantum-Resistant Cryptography
    16.4.Cybersecurity Workforce and Skills Gap
    16.5.Ethical and Legal Considerations in Cybersecurity

    17.About the author

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