Books to Read

Over the years, there have been specific books that have influenced my career in Cybersecurity and others that provide a good historical foundation to the cybersecurity field. Some of these books are technical in nature, but a majority of them are not. If you have any interest in computers, hacking, or cybersecurity in general, you may want to review one or more of the following books. Enjoy!

Ghost in the Wires (Kevin Mitnick)

The Art of Invisibility (Kevin Mitnick)

The Cuckoo’s Egg (Clifford Stoll)

Silicon Snake Oil (Clifford Stoll)

SPAM Nation (Brian Krebs)

Fatal System Error (Joseph Menn)

Cult of the Dead Cow (Joseph Menn)

Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War (Fred Kaplan)


Supplemental Reading Based on Your Needs

Linux Fundamentals

LINUX BASICS FOR HACKERS: Getting Started with Networking, Scripting, and Security in Kali by OccupyTheWeb

The Linux Command Line, 2nd Edition by William E. Shotts

A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux®, Third Edition: Fedora™ Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux by Mark G. Sobell

Kali Linux

Beginning Ethical Hacking with Kali Linux by Sanjib Sinha

Kali Linux – An Ethical Hacker’s Cookbook by Himanshu Sharma

Kali Linux Revealed – Mastering the Penetration Testing Distribution


Penetration Tester by 30Bird Media

Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking by Georgia Weidman

Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide

Social Engineering

No Tech Hacking by Kevin Mitnick & Johnny Long

The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security by Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon and Steve Wozniak

Password Cracking

Hash Crack: Password Cracking Manual by Joshua Picolet


Computer Security and Cryptography by Alan G. Konheim

Serious Cryptography: A Practical Introduction to Modern Encryption by Jean-Philippe Aumasson