Penetration Testing with The Hacker Playbook

Did you know 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 by Peter Kim, 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,” The Hacker Playbook by Peter Kim 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, 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.

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.

This book is written by a seasoned pentester and he shows you from start to finish how it is done and what he has seen in most penetration tests. Everything in the book is right to the point and laid out very clean. It is also very up to date and uses all the modern tools and distros (Kali Linux).

As an aspiring penetration tester, the knowledge gained from reading this book has been tremendous. From start to finish, it provides a thorough guide into how an experienced pentester moves through an assessment efficiently and methodologically.

The author shows enormous effort in this subject which is often difficult. Also the author has great examples of preference over bias due to the fact on the tools he has experience with, and till mention other tools that others may use. This book also does a great job of helping readers build a diverse toolkit.