Hacking and electronic crimes sophistication has grown at an exponential rate in recent years. In fact, recent
reports have indicated that cyber crime already surpasses the illegal drug trade! Unethical hackers, better known
as black hats, are preying on information systems of government, corporate, public, and private networks and
are constantly testing the security mechanisms of these organizations to the limit with the sole aim of exploiting
them and profiting from the exercise. High-profile crimes have proven that the traditional approach to computer
security is simply not sufficient, even with the strongest perimeter, properly configured defense mechanisms such
as firewalls, intrusion detection, and prevention systems, strong end-to-end encryption standards, and anti-virus
software. Hackers have proven their dedication and ability to systematically penetrate networks all over the
world. In some cases, black hats may be able to execute attacks so flawlessly that they can compromise a system,
steal everything of value, and completely erase their tracks in less than 20 minutes!
The EC-Council Press is dedicated to stopping hackers in their tracks.
The EC-Council | Press Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures Series is comprised of five books covering a broad base of topics in offensive network security, ethical hacking, and network defense and countermeasures. The content of this series is designed to immerse the reader into an interactive environment where they will be shown how to scan, test, hack and secure information systems. With the full series of books, the reader will gain in-depth knowledge and practical experience with essential security systems, and become prepared to succeed on the Certified Ethical Hacker, or C|EH, certification from EC-Council. This certification covers a plethora of offensive security topics ranging from how perimeter defenses work, to scanning and attacking simulated networks. A wide variety of tools, viruses, and malware is presented in this and the other four books, providing a complete understanding of the tactics and tools used by hackers. By gaining a thorough understanding of how hackers operate, an Ethical Hacker will be able to set up strong countermeasures and defensive systems to protect an organization's critical infrastructure and information.