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Cloud Penetration Testing for Red Teamers

By Kim Crawley
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    Part 1:Today’s Cloud Networks and Their Security Implications
About this book
With AWS, Azure, and GCP gaining prominence, mastering their unique features, ecosystems, and penetration testing protocols has become an indispensable skill, which is precisely what this pentesting guide for cloud platforms will help you achieve. As you navigate through the chapters, you’ll explore the intricacies of cloud security testing and gain valuable insights into how pentesters and red teamers evaluate cloud environments effectively. In addition to its coverage of these cloud platforms, the book also guides you through modern methodologies for testing containerization technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes, which are fast becoming staples in the cloud ecosystem. Additionally, it places extended focus on penetration testing AWS, Azure, and GCP through serverless applications and specialized tools. These sections will equip you with the tactics and tools necessary to exploit vulnerabilities specific to serverless architecture, thus providing a more rounded skill set. By the end of this cloud security book, you’ll not only have a comprehensive understanding of the standard approaches to cloud penetration testing but will also be proficient in identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities that are unique to cloud environments.
Publication date:
November 2023
Publisher
Packt
Pages
298
ISBN
9781803248486

 

Part 1:Today’s Cloud Networks and Their Security Implications

Pentesters and red teams test the security of computer systems. In this book, the types of computer systems you will learn how to pentest are cloud applications and networks. Before you start testing something, you should understand what it is that you’re testing in the first place! So, in this part, we will learn all about the different types of cloud services and applications, why organizations use them, and how they’re configured and deployed. We will also learn about the basics of pentesting and red teams. This knowledge will set a foundation for everything else that you’ll learn in this book.

This section has the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1, How Do Enterprises Utilize and Implement Cloud Networks?
  • Chapter 2, How Are Cloud Networks Cyber Attacked?
  • Chapter 3, Key Concepts for Pentesting Today’s Cloud Networks
About the Author
  • Kim Crawley

    Kim Crawley is a thought leader in cybersecurity, from pentesting to defensive security, and from policy to cyber threat research. For nearly a decade, she has contributed her research and writing to the official corporate blogs of AT&T Cybersecurity, BlackBerry, Venafi, Sophos, CloudDefense, and many others. She has been an internal employee of both Hack The Box and IOActive, a leading cybersecurity research firm. With the hacker mindset, she hacked her way into various information security subject matters. She co-authored one of the most popular guides to pentester careers on Amazon, The Pentester Blueprint, with Philip Wylie for Wiley Tech. She wrote an introductory guide to cybersecurity for business, 8 Steps to Better Security, which was also published by Wiley Tech. She also wrote Hacker Culture: A to Z for O'Reilly Media. To demonstrate her knowledge of cybersecurity operations, she passed her CISSP exam in 2023. In her spare time, she loves playing Japanese RPGs and engaging in social justice advocacy. She's always open to new writing, research, and security practitioner opportunities.

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