Permanent link: [Article]-Book Review: BackTrack 4: Assuring Security by Penetration Testing
by Jason Haddix
Don’t have the cash for a $2000 - 3000 penetration testing course? Don’t know which tools are outdated or relevant? Lost in the sea of Backtrack options? You learn better on your own anyway?
BackTrack 4: Assuring Security by Penetration Testing (BASPT), authored by Shakeel Ali and Tedi Heriyanto, is a 12-chapter compendium on everyone’s favorite hacking distribution, Backtrack 4. Filling the need for a refresher to older titles on abandoned projects like Knoppix or Auditor (see somewhat outdated: Penetration Tester’s Open Source Toolkit, Vol. 2), BASPT gives syntax and usage tips on a plethora of different tools included in the suite and is broken down into the generic pentesting methodology with which most people today are familiar. Not only that, but also the book itself reads like some of those intro to penetration testing classes we have all been to costing many more times the cost of a single book.
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