7 Great Reads on Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Protecting Your Data

The 21st century has been rightly acclaimed as the era of digitalization. The Internet has become a crucial part of the lifestyle for personal as well as corporate living. Further, the introduction of social platforms has also resulted in an expansion of the network. It allows the people on the friends’ list to get a peek at people’s personal lives. Online shopping malls and many such services have increased the connection of personal lives with the web. This has also attracted quite a bit of unwanted attention from malicious groups. 

Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Protecting Your Data

Cyberpunks carrying out successful data breaches have become a modern world problem. However, to counter this, people have begun optimizing the safety measures, improving the cyber practices. 

Data security has become a prime concern, and several tools such as password generators, using a VPN, and 2-Factor-Authentication became mandatory.

There are several books available that could be used for gaining knowledge about the several ways of cybersafety for individuals. They also highlight how the bigger companies steal data. Recommended below are some such books on cybersecurity that will enlighten you about the ways to protect your data. 

The Art of Invisibility 

The author of ‘Art of Invisibility’ is widely acclaimed as the world’s most famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick. Taking leaves from his own experience, Kevin has highlighted the ways while issuing a warning to the big firms who steal data from users. The book includes several real-life instances where the firms, governmental agencies have been known to be caught stealing information without knowledge of the user. With its engaging tonality, the book will scare you and alert you to beware of your cyber practices. 

Hacking: The Art of Exploitation 

The author Jon Erickson in his work ‘ Hacking: The Art of Exploitation’ has presented the work from the viewpoint of a hacker’s mindset. The book is an absolute pick for anyone even slightly curious in the world of hacking, for it is written in a simple language with no much use of jargon. The book explains how professional hacking works, keeping the current programming techniques in mind. Further, the second edition of the work comprises a Live CD filled with a Linux environment. The book can be categorized as an easy read for IT individuals.

Cult of The Dead Cow

The ‘Cult of the Dead Cow’ by Joseph Menn has the protagonists in the form of the USA’s most notorious and oldest hacking groups. Beto’ O Rourke admitted to being a part of the group once hopeful of becoming president. The book puts this group by the name ‘Cult of the Dead Cow’ into the limelight and talks of how the several activities by the group compelled many governmental agencies of the USA to patch up their cybersecurity flaws. 

Ghost in The Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

The book ‘Ghost in The Wires’ is a definite cyber-thriller by the notorious hacker-turned author Kevin Mitnick. Unlike the previous one, this book focuses on real-life instances of hacking systems and disrupting powerful firms such as Motorola and Pacific Systems. The book can be termed a journal of the hacker at the peak of his game. He started his career as a typical IT worker and went non to be the notorious cyberpunk with the FBI at their heels. 

Practical Malware Analysis

A book by Michael Sikorski and Andrew Honig, the ‘Practical Malware Analysis’ is about the problem that the cyber world faces today. The book discusses ways how Malware and Viruses are a constant threat to Cyber users. The book comprises a case-based study, conclusion, and discussion on ways professionals handle malware issues. The book lists out the best practices as well as the tools that could be used to deal with malware attacks. It focuses on how companies are affected by cyber-attacks and the response techniques. 

Threat Modeling: Designing for Security 

The book ‘Threat Modeling’ by Adam Shostack is one book for IT professionals, aspirants, and company managers, rather than the just-curious readers. The book provides insights into the cases where certain tactics were effective against malware attacks. It highlights big firm names such as Microsoft and characterizes the idea of securing the system during design phases rather than at some after-end phase. It also advises the IT professionals and designers to secure the system in the early phases. 

The Cyber Effect 

The Cyber Effect by Mary Aiken draws attention towards the ever-changing cyberspace. It takes into account the psychology-based relations and changes occurring in the world of programming. Technology advancement has been put in the bracket in the book with questions such as, “Is there even a thing called Privacy anymore?” 

The author, who has been a part of several law enforcement agencies, has given even more amusing answers to the same. He was also the inspiration behind SCI: Cyber, a famous series that explains the book. 


As the world grapples with modern cyberspace and technological progress problems, knowledge on various ways to deal with such instances becomes essential. The information from these books could help in tight situations, especially for the IT professionals out there. These recommendations will guide you into the world of hacking and the science behind it, starting from the basics. Keep a lookout for prying eyes with this broad scope of knowledge. 

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