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  1. Introduction to z/OS and IBM mainframes world and security

    Published: Sun 01 October 2017 in Library.
    They run our economy and critical infrastructures all over the world, yet remain mostly unknown.

    Mainframes are often designated as “legacy platforms”. This triggers the mental image of those old 80’s era enormous bulky computers which can be found in any good computers museum and vintage videos, and leaves a mixed feeling about the place of such machines in todays computing world.

    However, nothing could be such wrong:

    1. A lot of the technologies which made today’s computing what it is actually owe to the mainframe world.

      Things like non-executable memory, process isolation, virtualization and symmetric multiprocessing to name just a few are all technologies that were first developed for mainframes environments, and only then ported onto other architectures.

    2. Today’s mainframes hardware has nothing in common with antique computers, they evolved as the rest of the computer world did.

      They are bulky but not as much as one may imagine, the size of a large fridge to give a rough idea. They remains …

  2. SELinux System Administration & SELinux Cookbook (Sven Vermeulen)

    Published: Wed 06 September 2017 in Library.
    The best book to discover SELinux and learn how to take the most out of it.

    Sven Vermeulen, the author of these two books, is deeply involved in the Gentoo community.

    Quoting his biography from the book introduction:

    In 2003, he joined the ranks of the Gentoo Linux project as a documentation developer and has since worked in several roles, including Gentoo Foundation trustee, council member, project lead for various documentation initiatives, and (his current role) project lead for Gentoo Hardened SELinux integration and the system integrity project.

    He is both knowledgeable technically, pedagogically and in SELinux. In these books, he uses his talent to spread the light on a domain which is often conceived as obscure and daunting, explaining in a clear and effective way how and why the things are the way they are so everything finally takes its place into our minds.

    Don’t let the affiliation with the Gentoo project let you think that these books are only about Gentoo. These books …

  3. Professional Penetration Testing (Thomas Wilhelm)

    Published: Sat 19 August 2017 in Library.
    Penetration testing not seen as a technical operation but as a business activity: what changes when a hobby becomes a real job?

    This book does not teach you penetration testing technically, it teaches you penetration testing professionally. Here, the pentest is not a technical exercise anymore, it becomes a paid service delivered to a customer to satisfy a business need. This requires more than throwing a bunch of tools and lines of code toward a target. This requires things like planning, methodology, quality and risks management, and communication. This is what this book is about.

    This book target mainly three kind of audiences:

    • People who are already familiar with the technical side of pentesting and are wondering if making it a career would be interesting for them (doing something as a hobby and as a job is not the same) and, if so, how to proceed and what to expect.

    • Pentesters already in the field but who would-like to have a broader view of their current job.

    • Project managers who are already …

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