A review of Cybersecurity The Beginner’s Guide
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A review of Dr. Erdal Ozkaya’s book Cybersecurity: The Beginner’s Guide
The book Cybersecurity: The Beginner’s Guide, authored by Dr. Erdal Ozkaya, covers a broad scope of topics, from the importance of cybersecurity, to its evolution, to attackers’ mindset, to operational security. It also includes the author’s insights on current and future technological tools and transformations and their impact on cybersecurity.
This book provides a treasure trove of information that any beginner interested in a career in cybersecurity should know. The author has a way of reaching the crux of many attackers’ modus operandi by emphasizing how the attack must have come about, be it a user’s lack of awareness or the shrewd mind of the attacker. He provides benefits to his readers by specifying techniques for preventing, identifying, and mitigating such attacks in the future.
It is not just the content that deserves appreciation but the author’s style of writing too. Ozkaya writes in a way that is easy to understand, yet its impact carries the power of a punch. His bold writing style makes his readers take notice, and the truth in his words entrances them. This is evidenced by the way he begins the preface, “There are two types of organizations: those who know they have been hacked and those who don’t.” So, right from the get-go, Ozkaya captures his readers’ attention.
However, while reading the book it becomes apparent that the author wrote this book for readers of a specific target group. Though he mentions that this book is meant for anyone looking to venture into cybersecurity, his writing targets readers who are focused on beginning or switching their careers to cybersecurity. That is not to say that it is irrelevant for beginners who wish to learn cybersecurity concepts, but it would be more prudent for them to do some basic groundwork on all things cyber before they begin this book.
As the book does not have a glossary, and the author expects his readers to know some basic concepts, such as networking, cloud computing, and programming, beginners who lack this knowledge may benefit from doing a little prior research on these concepts. If a reader has sound basic knowledge in these concepts, it is safe to say that they have stumbled across a veritable gold mine of information that will help them secure a career in cybersecurity.
The author has sequenced every chapter in such a way that one concept naturally flows into the other. In every topic, he provides his insights on which vulnerabilities are being exploited to carry out an attack, and how readers would be expected to identify and secure against such vulnerabilities should they choose to become cybersecurity professionals. Ozkaya describes the skills that are required in the profession of cybersecurity and also specifies the requisite skill set for each role.
He further provides useful resources in the form of links and suitable course suggestions, which will help readers begin and succeed in their chosen profession. So, if a reader is truly motivated in beginning a career in cybersecurity, this book is a must-read for them. Happy learning, folks!
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Cybersecurity The Beginner’s Guide
It’s not a secret that there is a huge talent gap in the cybersecurity industry. Everyone is talking about it including the prestigious Forbes Magazine, Tech Republic, CSO Online, DarkReading, and SC Magazine, among many others. Additionally, Fortune CEO’s like Satya Nadella, McAfee’s CEO Chris Young, Cisco’s CIO Colin Seward along with organizations like ISSA, research firms like Gartner too shine light on it from time to time.
This book put together all the possible information with regards to cybersecurity, why you should choose it, the need for cybersecurity and how can you be part of it and fill the cybersecurity talent gap bit by bit. Starting with the essential understanding of security and its needs, we will move to the security domain changes and how artificial intelligence and machine learning are helping to secure systems.
Later, this book will walk you through all the skills and tools that everyone who wants to work as a security personal needs to be aware of. Then, this book will teach readers how to think like an attacker and explore some advanced security methodologies. Lastly, this book will dive deep into how to build practice labs, explore real-world use cases, and get acquainted with various security certifications.
By the end of this book, readers will be well-versed with the security domain and will be capable of making the right choices in the cybersecurity field
Things you will learn
- Get an overview of what cybersecurity is, learn about the different faces of cybersecurity and identify the domain that suits you best
- Plan your transition into cybersecurity in an efficient and effective way
- Learn how to build upon your existing skills and experience in order to prepare for your career in cybersecurity
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- ISBN : 978 1 78588 533 2
- ASIN: 1789616190
- ISBN-13: 978-1789616194
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Date: May 24, 2019
Number of Pages: 390
To my family, my real friends, my mentors, I cannot thank you enough. Yes, I am a doctor and yes I lead a big team and yes, I have a career; but none of those would be the case without YOU. I would like to thank everyone who gave me feedback for being honest, allowing me to focus on my goals; to ignore people who gave negative vibes; to work hard with a positive attitude and always look forward.
Dr. Erdal Ozkaya
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