Who doesn’t love a book that involves criminals, mystery, money, and technology? We bet most of you would be fascinated by one. Good cybersecurity books catch your attention and drive you through pages filled with relevant real-world information that both entertains and educates you.
Today, we want to share with you the top 6 cybersecurity books anyone must read, from masterminds in the field, to people that love dedicating a few hours to some great reading.
1- The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
Kevin Mitnik, also known as the world’s most famous hacker, explains how governments and companies are tracking your online activity without your knowledge. He offers essential advise on how to be “invisible” and protect you and your family. From password protection to smart-WiFi usage, Mitnik entangles you in a story filled with real-life experiences that will teach you how to keep your data safe.
Author: Kevin Mitnik
Release Date: February 2014
Goodreads rating: 4/5
eBook Price: $8.69
2- Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World
The Cult of the Dead Cow is the oldest and most respected hacking group in the country. Joseph Menn, was a teenage member of this group, and he explains its creation, how they introduced the word “hacktivism,” some of their exploits, and how they forced large corporations to improve their security protocols.
Author: Joseph Menn
Release Date: June 2019
Goodreads rating: 4/5
eBook Price: 8,69$
3- Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
Kevin Mitnik does it again, this time he shares his personal story in what seems to be a thriller novel. Mitnik explains how he hacked into the world’s largest corporations´ computers and networks, and how he outran the FBI over and over again. In this book you will learn how he went from being an entry-level IT worker to becoming the world’s most wanted hacker.
Author: Kevin Mitnik
Release Date: August 2011
Goodreads rating: 3.9/5
eBook Price: $9.27
4- Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
Jon Erickson gives a complete picture of how programming, network communications, and hacking techniques work. It’s a book mostly made for IT and cybersecurity students and professionals. The second edition of this book includes the fundamentals of C programming from a hacker’s perspective, giving you the delightful experience of getting your hands dirty with programming and debugging.
Author: Jon Erickson
Release Date: February 2008
Goodreads rating: /5
eBook Price: $29.99
5- The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats
There are four known domains of warfare: land, air, sea and space. Now the Pentagon has introduced the fifth one: cyber. In this book, two former presidential cybersecurity officials, Richard Clarke and Robert Knake, explain the different efforts that are ongoing in this warfare and explore past incidents. They go deep into cyber resiliency and how corporations should build it to fight against cyber-attacks. They end with some advice on how to safely use the internet for organizations and individuals.
Author: Richard A. Clarke and Robert Knake
Release Date: July 2019
Goodreads rating: 4.1/5
eBook Price: 14.99$
6- The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behaviour Changes Online
Mary Aiken, from her experience as a forensic cyber-psychologist, explains in this book how cyberspace is changing the way humans act. She goes from analyzing the impact screens have in children to teenage sexting, and the addictive online behaviors. It is filled with statistics and case-studies that will forever change the way you think about technology.
Author: Mary Aiken
Release Date: June 2017
Goodreads rating: 3.7/5
eBook Price: 5.82$
The order of these cybersecurity books does not reflect our preference, we tried to give you a broad selection for those who want to deep dive into the world of hacking, for those who want to better understand the effects of technology and for those who want to understand what is happening in cyberwarfare.