Cracking the Cybersecurity Interview

Karl Gilbert, Sayanta Sen

SKU: 9789355518941



ISBN: 9789355518941
eISBN: 9789355516701
Authors: Karl Gilbert, Sayanta Sen
Rights: Worldwide
Edition: 2024
Pages: 550
Dimension: 7.5*9.25 Inches
Book Type: Paperback

This book establishes a strong foundation by explaining core concepts like operating systems, networking, and databases. Understanding these systems forms the bedrock for comprehending security threats and vulnerabilities. The book gives aspiring information security professionals the knowledge and skills to confidently land their dream job in this dynamic field.

This beginner-friendly cybersecurity guide helps you safely navigate the digital world. The reader will also learn about operating systems like Windows, Linux, and UNIX, as well as secure server management. We will also understand networking with TCP/IP and packet analysis,  master SQL queries, and fortify databases against threats like SQL injection. Discover proactive security with threat modeling, penetration testing, and secure coding. Protect web apps from OWASP/SANS vulnerabilities and secure networks with pentesting and firewalls. Finally, explore cloud security best practices using AWS to identify misconfigurations and strengthen your cloud setup.

The book will prepare you for cybersecurity job interviews, helping you start a successful career in information security. The book provides essential techniques and knowledge to confidently tackle interview challenges and secure a rewarding role in the cybersecurity field.


  • Grasp the core security concepts like operating systems, networking, and databases.
  • Learn hands-on techniques in penetration testing and scripting languages.
  • Read about security in-practice and gain industry-coveted knowledge.


  • Understand the fundamentals of operating systems, networking, and databases.
  • Apply secure coding practices and implement effective security measures.
  • Navigate the complexities of cloud security and secure CI/CD pipelines. 
  • Utilize Python, Bash, and PowerShell to automate security tasks.
  • Grasp the importance of security awareness and adhere to compliance regulations.


If you are a fresher or an aspiring professional eager to kickstart your career in cybersecurity, this book is tailor-made for you.

  1. UNIX, Linux, and Windows
  2. Networking, Routing, and Protocols
  3. Security of DBMS and SQL
  4. Threat Modeling, Pentesting and Secure Coding
  5. Application Security
  6. Network Security
  7. Cloud Security
  8. Red and Blue Teaming Activities
  9. Security in SDLC
  10. Security in CI/CD
  11. Firewalls, Endpoint Protections, Anti-Malware, and UTMs
  12. Security Information and Event Management
  13. Spreading Awareness
  14. Law and Compliance in Cyberspace
  15. Python, Bash, and PowerShell Proficiency

Karl Gilbert is a seasoned cybersecurity professional with over a decade of experience in securing systems and applications from both offensive and defensive perspectives. Currently employed by a leading technology and hardware company, he plays a vital role in safeguarding their online and physical retail space against cyber attacks. With a keen interest in security research, he has uncovered multiple zero-day vulnerabilities in widely used libraries and software, earning him several Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs). His prior roles have also seen him deeply involved in red teaming and hardware security. Beyond this, he is also extremely passionate about mentoring and sharing his knowledge with the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Co-author Sayanta Sen has dedicated the past seven years to working with numerous corporations, helping them fortify their networks, systems, and cloud infrastructure against malicious actors and cyber-attacks. As an application and cloud security engineer, his unwavering commitment to protecting his clients' digital assets has earned him a reputation as a reliable and skilled professional. He has recently turned his focus towards security research and has already made his mark by obtaining a CVE for a widely used network library, with many more on the horizon.

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