“My Message for Companies that think they haven’t been Attacked is: You are not looking Hard Enough” - James Snook
Imagine being an audience to a nail-biting, teeth-clenching thriller wherein a hacker solves an extraordinarily difficult encryption key.
I bet the thought of it would seem to be pretty exciting to all. Stories built around money, mystery, cyber crime, sextortion and so on; not only help in pushing the drama quotient of stories, but at times truly reflect the real dangers associated with the world of cyber crime. Some of the best Cyber Security Books include these real world cases of criminal stories.
Thus, these books on Cyber Security are at the same time a source of entertainment as well as profound knowledge.
By way of offering real-world examples as well as suggestions on possible precautionary measures, some of these Cyber Security Books can be your constant guide on how to save yourself in the face of regular spurt in cases of cyber attacks and crimes.
In this blog, we shall look at 10 Best Books on Cyber Security. There is no dearth of Cyber Security Books available in the market. However, one book that often appears on such lists is the "Web Application Hacker's Handbook," a must-read for every cyber security professional.
However, the given list of top Cyber Security Books has been carefully prepared on the basis of extensive research and includes only the best books to learn Cyber Security from.
Top 10 Cyber Security Books
The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
- Author: Kevin Mitnick
- This is one of the best Cyber Security Books which was penned down by the famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick, himself.
- As one of the classic books on Cyber Security, the author does an excellent job in informing its readers on ways to protect themselves in the given digital age, marked by the “Big Data” and “Big Brother”.
- The book is an exposition into the notorious ways in which companies whip up profit by spying on the moves of common individuals.
- As the name of the text suggests, the book teaches you the ‘art of invisibility’. This implies that readers can learn about easy cloaking measures which could help one to maintain an anonymous identity for protecting their sensitive information.
- The text emphasizes on some of the easy techniques that one can employ to maximise privacy.
Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World
- Author: Joseph Menn
- This is considered to be one of the best Cyber Security books for beginners.
- The text is a reference to one of the oldest, well-known and respected hacking groups in the U.S. The hacking group, “The Cult of the Dead Cow” did once again came in the limelight when Beto O’ Rourke (former candidate for Democratic Presidential Nominee) announced being a part of the group as a teenager.
- The book highlights the exploits of this group who is credited with inventing hacktivism and consequently influenced IT departments of most of the large companies in the U.S.
- The author elaborates on how the group was crucial in the development of TOR and in fact pushed many of the U.S. corporations towards buttressing their security protocols.
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
- Author: Simon Singh
- This is one of those books about Cyber Security which emphasizes upon the antiquity of the field. It is an interesting read as it traces the history of encryption right to the time of ancient Egypt.
- The author adopts a ‘looking-back’ approach as he tells his readers the way in which many of the existing security protocols can be traced back to the espionage tactics and scriptures found in the Egyptian culture.
- The book scans the history of encryption as it depicts the way in which it played a pivotal role in shaping the course of world events, right from influencing the defeat of Hitler as well as by rendering ecommerce possible.
- Unlike most of the conventional Cyber Security Books which solely focus on the technical aspects of the field; this book is unique in the sense that it provides just the right mixture of real world examples (Navajo Code Talkers, Queen of Scots), historical context as well as technical explanations.