These recommended cybersecurity books are highly rated and often talked about in their space. Pick what you need from each category or simply stick to one category to start with.
You aren’t expected to know everything about security but having a passing familiarity, especially if you are a leader, can’t hurt.
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Table of Contents
Building a Comprehensive IT Security Program by Jeremy Wittkop
Liars & Outliers by Bruce Schneier
Secrets and Lies by Bruce Schneier
NIMS Incident Command System Field Guide by Informed
Surviving a HIPAA Audit: Jump Start Guide by Dave Sweigert
PCI DSS 3.2 – A Comprehensive Understanding to Effectively Achieve PCI DSS Compliance by Haseen Usman Ahmed
PCI Compliance, Version 3.2: The Latest on PCI DSS Compliance by Branden Williams
Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick
The Art of Deception by Kevin Mitnick
No-Tech Hacking by Johnny Long
Social Engineering by Christopher Hadnagy
TCP/IP Guide by Charles Kozierok
Red Team Field Manual by Ben Clark
The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing by Patrick Engebretson
Unauthorised Access by Wil Allsopp
The Code Book by Simon Singh
Cryptography Engineering by Niels Ferguson
Hacking, The Art of Exploitation by Jon Erickson
The Shellcoder’s Handbook by Chris Anley, John Heasman, Felix Lindner, Gerardo Richarte
The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook by Dafydd Suttard, Marcus Pinto
Malware Analyst’s Cookbook and DVD by Michael Ligh, Steven Adair, Blake Hartstein, and Matthew Richard
Practical Reverse Engineering by Bruce Dang
The Linux Command Line by William Shotts Jr.
Blue Team Field Manual by Alan White and Ben Clark
Blue Team Handbook: Incident Response Edition by Don Murdoch
The Art of Memory Forensics by Michael Ligh, Andrew Case, Jamie Levy, and Aaron Walters
Security Engineering by Ross Anderson
Threat Modeling by Adam Shostack
What books or categories do you recommend that aren’t listed in this post? Sound off in the comments below!