Python for Cybersecurity
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Python for Cybersecurity

Automated Cybersecurity for the beginner

About the Book

Python for Cybersecurity is an introductory book designed to help teach Python scripting, Cybersecurity principles, Linux, and automation. This book is designed for learners who have little or no experience in these areas, and builds on we learn through the book with scripts and activities.

Using a learn-by-doing process, the goal of this book is to provide working examples that can be built on and extended. Don't get stuck needing to learn the basics of programming languages before having something useable. Build quickly off what you see.

About the Author

Edrick Goad
Edrick Goad

Ed Goad is an IT / Cybersecurity instructor that has been working in various roles in the IT field for over 20 years. He first became interested in scripting and automation when presented with a task to uninstall software from over 1,000 systems with limited time and resources. He has worked with scripting and automation on multiple platforms and languages including Python, PowerShell, VBscript, C#, and BASH scripting.


Ed currently holds multiple IT and security related certifications. These include the ISC2 CISSP, EC-Council CEH, EC-Council CHFI, CompTIA Security+, Cisco DevNet and many more from Microsoft, Cisco, RedHat and others.


Ed is currently teaching networking, cybersecurity, scripting, and operating systems at Green River College in Auburn, WA.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Additional resources
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Linux and Version Control
    • Introduction
    • Introduction to the Raspberry Pi
    • Introduction to Linux
    • Common Linux commands to know
    • Absolute vs. Relative paths
    • Introduction to Version Control
    • Working with Git and GitHub
    • Introduction to Python
  • Chapter 2: Python and IDEs
    • Introduction
    • Installing Python
    • Installing Visual Studio Code
    • Visual Studio Code and GitHub
    • Interactive Python
    • Our first Python Script
    • Variables
    • Our Second Python Script
    • Debugging
    • Simple Calculator
  • Chapter 3: Ping
    • Introduction
    • Importing modules into Python
    • Pinging devices in a network
    • Pinging in Python
    • First Ping
    • Python Conditionals
    • Second Ping
    • Introduction to Python Loops
    • Third Ping
    • Python Functions
    • Fourth Ping
  • Chapter 4: More Ping
    • Introduction
    • Reading Files in Interactive mode
    • Reading Files
    • Fifth Ping
    • Writing Files
    • Last Ping
    • Scanner Example
  • Chapter 5: Cryptography
    • Introduction
    • Introduction to Cryptography
    • Simple cryptography - Caesar Cipher
    • Creating your own ASCII table
    • Rot13.py
    • Pseudo-Encryption - Encoding Data
    • Why you shouldn’t create your own encryption scheme
    • Using Encryption Libraries
  • Chapter 6: Hacking Passwords
    • Introduction
    • How Linux passwords work
    • Hashing passwords for Linux
    • Creating the same hash twice
    • Dictionary Attacks
    • Brute-Force Attacks
  • Chapter 7: Log Files
    • Introduction
    • Local web server
    • Download sample files from Internet
    • Simple evaluations - read line-by-line
    • Intro to Regular Expressions
    • Using Regex to filter Apache logs
    • Find most frequent client
    • Find status codes
    • Finding potential hacking
  • Chapter 8: Intro to APIs
    • Introduction
    • Intro to APIs
    • Using PostMan
    • Introduction to JSON
    • First API script
    • Second API script
    • HaveIBeenPwned
    • Automating Passwords
    • Authenticating to APIs
    • Viewing GitHub repositories
  • Chapter 9: Cybersecurity APIs
    • Introduction
    • VirusTotal
    • Manually Scanning for Viruses
    • Scanning for Viruses with Python
    • Safe browsing on the internet
    • Scanning URLs with Python
  • Appendix - Using Git
    • Creating a Personal Access Token
    • Cloning GitHub locally
    • Pushing changes to GitHub
  • Thank You

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