Capitol Bookshelf: Cyber AnalyticsJune 28, 2018
Cyber analytics is a new and emerging field in the world of cyber and information security. It combines the skills of the data analyst with those of the cybersecurity professional to help protect and prevent attacks on a company’s digital assets.
If you’re interested in learning more about cyber analytics, security, big data, and what it’s all about, we have some great reads for you to check out!
There aren’t a lot of books out there yet that cover all the principal concepts that combine to create cyber analytics. Written in 2014, this book was ahead of its time and is one of those rare exceptions. Work with statistics, data mining, and computer science to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of using cyber analytics to fight cybercrime.
Praised for it’s detailed descriptions and instructions, Practical Malware Analysis is about practicing safe and effective cybersecurity techniques when analyzing malware. It includes hands on labs and walks readers through using popular analysis tools like IDA Pro, OllyDbg, and WinDbg. It also looks at malware with Windows internals, C++, shellcode, and 64 bit code. Recommended by cyber professionals like Liam O’Murchu, Symantec’s director of development in the Symantec Security Response team, this book is a must-have guide for analysts working with malware.
A book geared more towards readers who already have at least a bit of cybersecurity knowledge, Cyber Security: Analytics, Technology, and Automation explores the impact of technology on everything from governments to personal computers. Subjects covered include telecommunications, network security, applied mathematics, mobile systems, security, engineering, and data analytics. “This wonderfully documented text explores the mechanics and methods of digital security and the steps necessary to ensure privacy. … For the professional who is mathematically literate, the book is a must-read. The reference sections that follow each chapter rival that of any PhD thesis ever written. It is magnificent in its scholarship,” (James Van Speybroeck, Computing Reviews, October, 2015).
Although not specifically dealing with analytics, we couldn’t pass up this quintessential read for any aspiring cyber expert. Awarded BookAuthority’s “best books of all time” title, this informative book was written by Capitol Technology University graduate, Dr. Mansur Hasib. Dr. Hasib holds CISSP, PMP, and CPHIMS certifications and has over a decade’s worth of experience as a Chief Information Officer.
This text has won multiple awards for its approachable insight on leadership, governance, and people in cybersecurity. Writes David Bickel, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, State of Maryland. "Hasib has really captured and exposes the common faults with which we are all struggling in this industry. It's humorous (I think I was laughing at my own experiences here), engaging, and I feel helps a reader question their own approaches. I was originally looking for a compendium that works as collateral reading for Cyber Security training courses, and I found it. I genuinely recommend this work tool."
Want to learn more about the internet of things? This book is a good beginner read for anyone interested in cloud computing and data analytics, especially as they relate to IoT. While not necessarily from the perspective of a cybersecurity expert, these are still important concepts to learn as the IoT can be vulnerable to cyber attacks. "This book is a great way to quickly introduce yourself to IoT methodologies and vision," (IEEE, Oct 2017).
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