The Top 7 Network Security Books You Need to Read in 2020

The Top 7 Network Security Books You Need to Read in 2020

For network engineers and administrators that focus on network security, books are an excellent resource for learning how to effectively design and operate network security solutions. To that end, we’ve listed the top seven network security books that you should add to your reading list below. These books are intended for beginners and experts alike and are written by authors with proficiency and/or recognition in building and running wireless networks.

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Applied Network Security Monitoring

by Chris Sanders and Jason Smith

“Applied Network Security Monitoring is the essential guide to becoming an NSM analyst from the ground up. This book takes a fundamental approach, complete with real-world examples that teach you the key concepts of NSM. Network security monitoring is based on the principle that prevention eventually fails. In the current threat landscape, no matter how much you try, motivated attackers will eventually find their way into your network.”


Cryptography and Network Security

by William Stallings

“Stallings’ Cryptography and Network Security, Seventh Edition, introduces the reader to the compelling and evolving field of cryptography and network security. In an age of viruses and hackers, electronic eavesdropping, and electronic fraud on a global scale, security is paramount. The purpose of this book is to provide a practical survey of both the principles and practice of cryptography and network security.”


Defensive Security Handbook

by Amanda Berlin and Lee Brotherston

“Despite the increase of high-profile hacks, record-breaking data leaks, and ransomware attacks, many organizations don’t have the budget to establish or outsource an information security program, forcing them to learn on the job. For companies obliged to improvise, this pragmatic guide provides a security-101 handbook with steps, tools, processes, and ideas to help you drive maximum-security improvement at little or no cost.”


Network Monitoring and Analysis

by Ed Wilson

“Ever wonder what’s actually happening inside your network? Why multi-tier applications suddenly slow down, print jobs fail, network elements suddenly disappear? […] That’s where Ed Wilson’s Network Monitoring and Analysis comes in. It’s your complete, hands-on guide to monitoring and analyzing Windows NT-based networks-and using the information to maximize performance, plan for growth-even identify intruders!”

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Network Security Essentials

by William Stallings

“Network Securities Essentials: Applications and Standards introduces readers to the critical importance of internet security in our age of universal electronic connectivity. Amidst viruses, hackers, and electronic fraud, organizations and individuals are constantly at risk of having their private information compromised. This creates a heightened need to protect data and resources from disclosure, guarantee their authenticity, and safeguard systems from network-based attacks.”


Network Security Monitoring: Basics for Beginners

by Robert Collins

“The author begins by explaining some of the basics of computer networking and the basic tools which can be used for monitoring a computer network. The process of capturing and analyzing the packets of a network is discussed in detail. This is a good technique which can help network security experts identify anomalies or malicious attacks on the packets transmitted over a network. You are also guided on how to monitor the network traffic for the Heartbleed bug, which is very vulnerable to network attackers.”


Network Security with pfSense

by Manuj Aggarwal

“While connected to the internet, you’re a potential target for an array of cyber threats, such as hackers, keyloggers, and Trojans that attack through unpatched security holes. A firewall works as a barrier (or ‘shield’) between your computer and cyberspace. pfSense is highly versatile firewall software. With thousands of enterprises using pfSense, it is fast becoming the world’s most trusted open source network security solution.”


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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