A focus on on methodology overtechnology. Hacker methods are relatively well known, so this book answers the desperate demand for details of how these processes workInterpretation of results. The author recommends expert integration of testing results into security practice, which is surprisingly uncommonProtecting the innocent. This book provides the framework for protecting security professionals and confidential information during testingPolitics and processes. The text highlights the need for proper communications, expectations, and metrics before testingTesting procedures. The book is unique in connecting reconnaissance, data collection, vulnerability analysis, exploitation, analysis, and other testing components to overall business objectives
There are many books that detail tools and techniques of penetration testing, but none of these effectively communicate how the information gathered from tests should be analyzed and implemented. Until recently, there was very little strategic information available to explain the value of ethical hacking and how tests should be performed in order to provide a company with insight beyond a mere listing of security vulnerabilities. Now there is a resource that illustrates how an organization can gain as much value from an ethical hack as possible.
The Ethical Hack: A Framework for Business Value Penetration Testing explains the methodologies, framework, and "unwritten conventions" that ethical hacks should employ to provide the maximum value to organizations that want to harden their security. This book is unique in that it goes beyond the technical aspects of penetration testing to address the processes and rules of engagement required for successful tests. It examines testing from a strategic perspective, shedding light on how testing ramifications affect an entire organization.
Security practitioners can use this resource to reduce their exposure and deliver a focused, valuable service to customers. Organizations will learn how to align the information about tools, techniques, and vulnerabilities that they gathered from testing with their overall business objectives.
Table of Contents
Perspectives of Value
SECURITY AND HACKING
Business Planning and Operations
INFORMATION SECURITY PROGRAM
Scope of Information Security Programs
The Process of Information Security
Component Parts of Information Security Programs
BUSINESS PLANNING AND OPERATIONS
Previous Test Results
The Business of Security
How Deep is Deep Enough?
Timing is Everything
Teaming and Attack Structure
The Security Consultant
Managing of the Engagement
Scope of Effort
Looking Around or Attack?
Preparing for the Next Phase
Weighing the Vulnerability
Threads and Groups
Services and Areas of Concern
APPENDIX-SPOOFING AND SEQUENCE ATTACK
"[I]n this comprehensive work author James Tiller explains not only why ethical hacks are viable, but also why they are critical. … [This] is one of the most complete books on penetration testing available."
- Security Management, August 2005
"Jim Tiller has created an outstanding book that describes in detail the right way to conduct a thorough penetration test. As more and more people offer penetration testing services, our industry needs a base line of solid practices to help separate the professionals from the charlatans. Jim's book describes such practices, including the policies, procedures, and technical insights that come from years of in-the-trenches experience."
Ed Skoudis, VP of Security Strategy, Global Integrity, from the Foreword
"This book differentiates itself by presenting a structured approach to testing an organization's security…Tiller's writing style makes the book easy to follow, and he uses plenty of real-world examples…the framework that Tiller describes will remain valid because security's fundamental aspects will change slowly."
-IEEE Security & Privacy, 2005