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The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect
by , Dana Mackenzie

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English

Pages

432

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<div><b>A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>"Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality--the study of cause and effect--on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Pearl's work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence. Anyone who wants to understand either needs <i>The Book of Why</i>.<br /><br /></div><div><br /></div>
The Hacker Playbook 3: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing
by Peter Kim

Language

English

Pages

291

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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Back for the third season, The Hacker Playbook 3 (THP3) takes your offensive game to the pro tier. With a combination of new strategies, attacks, exploits, tips and tricks, you will be able to put yourself in the center of the action toward victory. <br /><br />The main purpose of this book is to answer questions as to why things are still broken. For instance, with all the different security products, secure code reviews, defense in depth, and penetration testing requirements, how are we still seeing massive security breaches happening to major corporations and governments? The real question we need to ask ourselves is, are all the safeguards we are putting in place working? This is what The Hacker Playbook 3 - Red Team Edition is all about.<br /><br />By now, we are all familiar with penetration testing, but what exactly is a Red Team? Red Teams simulate real-world, advanced attacks to test how well your organization's defensive teams respond if you were breached. They find the answers to questions like: Do your incident response teams have the right tools, skill sets, and people to detect and mitigate these attacks? How long would it take them to perform these tasks and is it adequate? This is where you, as a Red Teamer, come in to accurately test and validate the overall security program.<br /><br />THP3 will take your offensive hacking skills, thought processes, and attack paths to the next level. This book focuses on real-world campaigns and attacks, exposing you to different initial entry points, exploitation, custom malware, persistence, and lateral movement--all without getting caught! This heavily lab-based book will include multiple Virtual Machines, testing environments, and custom THP tools.<br /><br />So grab your helmet and let's go break things! For more information, visit http://thehackerplaybook.com/about/.
Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hack...
by Clint Watts

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<p>A former FBI Special Agent and leading cyber-security expert offers a devastating and essential look at the misinformation campaigns, fake news, and electronic espionage operations that have become the cutting edge of modern warfare—and how we can protect ourselves and our country against them.</p><p>Clint Watts electrified the nation when he testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. In <em>Messing with the Enemy,</em> the cyber and homeland security expert introduces us to a frightening world in which terrorists and cyber criminals don’t hack your computer, they hack your mind. Watts reveals how these malefactors use your information and that of your friends and family to work for them through social media, which they use to map your social networks, scour your world affiliations, and master your fears and preferences.</p><p>Thanks to the schemes engineered by social media manipulators using you and your information, business executives have coughed up millions in fraudulent wire transfers, seemingly good kids have joined the Islamic State, and staunch anti-communist Reagan Republicans have cheered the Russian government’s hacking of a Democratic presidential candidate’s e-mails. Watts knows how they do it because he’s mirrored their methods to understand their intentions, combat their actions, and coopt their efforts.</p><p>Watts examines a particular social media platform—from Twitter to internet Forums to Facebook to LinkedIn—and a specific bad actor—from al Qaeda to the Islamic State to the Russian and Syrian governments—to illuminate exactly how social media tracking is used for nefarious purposes. He explains how he’s learned, through his successes and his failures, to engage with hackers, terrorists, and even the Russians—and how these interactions have generated methods of fighting back. Shocking, funny, and eye-opening, <em>Messing with the Enemy</em> is a deeply urgent guide for living safe and smart in a super-connected world.</p>
CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
by Darril Gibson

Language

English

Pages

610

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b><font>Pass the First Time.</font></b><br /><p>The CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead SY0-501 Study Guide is an update to the top-selling SY0-201, SY0-301, and SY0-401 study guides, which have helped thousands of readers pass the exam the first time they took it. </p><br /><p>It covers all of the SY0-501 objectives and includes the same elements readers raved about in the previous two versions. Each of the eleven chapters presents topics in an easy to understand manner and includes real-world examples of security principles in action. The author uses many of the same analogies and explanations he’s honed in the classroom that have helped hundreds of students master the Security+ content. </p><br /><p>You’ll understand the important and relevant security topics for the Security+ exam, without being overloaded with unnecessary details. Additionally, each chapter includes a comprehensive review section to help you focus on what’s important.</p><br /><p>Over 300 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations will help you test your comprehension and readiness for the exam. The book includes a 75 question pre-test, a 75 question post-test, and practice test questions at the end of every chapter. Each practice test question includes a detailed explanation to help you understand the content and the reasoning behind the question. You'll also have access to free online resources including labs and additional practice test questions. Using all of these resources, you’ll be ready to take and pass the exam the first time you take it.</p><br /><p>If you plan to pursue any of the advanced security certifications, this guide will also help you lay a solid foundation of security knowledge. Learn this material, and you’ll be a step ahead for other exams. This SY0-501 study guide is for any IT or security professional interested in advancing in their field, and a must read for anyone striving to master the basics of IT systems security.</p><br /><p>The author supplements the book with blog posts here: http://blogs.getcertifiedgetahead.com/.</p><br /><p>This page provides a full listing of mobile device apps from the author: http://learnzapp.com/partners/darrilgibson/.</p>
Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and...
by , Gene Kim

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

March 27, 2018

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<div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><span><span style="Times New Roman";"><strong>Accelerate your organization to win in the marketplace.</strong></span></span></div><div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><span><span style="Times New Roman";"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><span><span style="Times New Roman";">How can we apply technology to drive business value? For years, we've been told that the performance of software delivery teams doesn't matter―that it can't provide a competitive advantage to our companies. Through four years of groundbreaking research <span><span style=" font-weight: 400; text-decoration: none; white-space: pre-wrap;">to include data collected from the State of DevOps reports conducted with Puppet</span></span>, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim set out to find a way to measure software delivery performance―and what drives it―using rigorous statistical methods. This book presents both the findings and the science behind that research, making the information accessible for readers to apply in their own organizations.</span></span></div><div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><br /></div><div style="text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-"><span><span style="Times New Roman";">Readers will discover how to measure the performance of their teams, and what capabilities they should invest in to drive higher performance. This book is ideal for management at every level.</span></span></div></div>
(ISC)² CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional...
by , Darril Gibson

Language

English

Pages

1104

Publication Date

April 11, 2018

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<b>CISSP Study Guide -  fully updated for the 2018 CISSP Body of Knowledge<br /></b> <p><i>CISSP (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional Official Study Guide, 8</i><i>th Edition</i> has been completely updated for the latest 2018 CISSP Body of Knowledge. This bestselling Sybex study guide covers 100% of all exam objectives. You'll prepare for the exam smarter and faster with Sybex thanks to expert content, real-world examples, advice on passing each section of the exam, access to the Sybex online interactive learning environment, and much more. Reinforce what you've learned with key topic exam essentials and chapter review questions.</p> <p>Along with the book, you also get access to Sybex's superior online interactive learning environment that includes:</p> <ul> <li>Four unique 250 question practice exams to help you identify where you need to study more. Get more than 90 percent of the answers correct, and you're ready to take the certification exam.</li> <li>More than 650 Electronic Flashcards to reinforce your learning and give you last-minute test prep before the exam</li> <li>A searchable glossary in PDF to give you instant access to the key terms you need to know for the exam</li> </ul> <p>Coverage of all of the exam topics in the book means you'll be ready for:</p> <ul> <li>Security and Risk Management</li> <li>Asset Security</li> <li>Security Engineering</li> <li>Communication and Network Security</li> <li>Identity and Access Management</li> <li>Security Assessment and Testing</li> <li>Security Operations</li> <li>Software Development Security</li> </ul>
Machine Learning For Absolute Beginners: A Plain English Introduc...
by Oliver Theobald

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English

Pages

157

Publication Date

June 21, 2017

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<b>Please note that this book is not a sequel to the First Edition but rather a restructured and revamped version of the First Edition.</b> <br /><br /><h2>Ready to spin up a virtual GPU instance and smash through petabytes of data? Want to add 'Machine Learning' to your LinkedIn profile?</h2><br /><br /><h2>Well, hold on there...</h2><br /><br /><h2>Before you embark on your epic journey into the world of machine learning, there is some high-level theory and statistical principles to march through first.</h2> <br /><br />But rather than spend $30-$50 USD on a dense long textbook, you may want to read this book first. As a clear and concise alternative to a textbook, this book provides a practical and high-level introduction to the practical components and statistical concepts found in machine learning. <br /><br /><em>Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners Second Edition</em> has been written and designed for <b><i>absolute beginners</i></b>. This means plain-English explanations and no coding experience required. Where core algorithms are introduced, <b>clear explanations</b> and <b>visual examples</b> are added to make it easy and engaging to follow along at home.<br /><br />This major <b>new edition</b> features many topics not covered in the First Edition, including Cross Validation, Ensemble Modeling, Grid Search, Feature Engineering, and One-hot Encoding. <b>Please note that this book is not a sequel to the First Edition but rather a restructured and revamped version of the First Edition.</b> Readers of the First Edition should not feel compelled to purchase this Second Edition.<br /><br /><b>Disclaimer:</b> If you have passed the 'beginner' stage in your study of machine learning and are ready to tackle coding and deep learning, you would be well served with a long-format textbook. If, however, you are yet to reach that <b>Lion King moment</b> - as a fully grown Simba looking over the Pride Lands of Africa - then this is the book to gently hoist you up and offer you a clear lay of the land.<br /><br /><h2>In this step-by-step guide you will learn:</h2><br />- How to <b>download free datasets</b><br />- What <b>tools</b> and <b>machine learning libraries</b> you need<br />- <b>Data scrubbing</b> techniques, including <b>one-hot encoding</b>, <b>binning</b> and dealing with <b>missing data</b><br />- Preparing data for analysis, including <b><i>k</i>-fold Validation</b><br />- <b>Regression analysis</b> to create trend lines<br />- <b>Clustering</b>, including <b><i>k</i>-means</b> and <b><i>k</i>-nearest Neighbors</b><br />- The basics of <b>Neural Networks</b><br />- <b>Bias/Variance</b> to improve your machine learning model<br />- <b>Decision Trees</b> to decode classification<br />- How to build your first <b>Machine Learning Model</b> to predict house values using Python<br /><br /><b>Frequently Asked Questions</b><br />Q: Do I need programming experience to complete this e-book?<br />A: This e-book is designed for absolute beginners, so no programming experience is required. However, two of the later chapters introduce Python to demonstrate an actual machine learning model, so you will see programming language used in this book. <br /><br />Q: I have already purchased the First Edition of Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners, should I purchase this Second Edition?<br />A: As many of the topics from the First Edition are covered in the Second Edition, you may be better served reading a more advanced title on machine learning.<br /><br />Q: Can I loan this book to friends and family?<br />A: Yes. Under Amazon’s Kindle Book Lending program, you can lend this e-book to friends and family for a duration of 14 days.<br /><br />Q: Does this book include everything I need to become a machine learning expert?<br />A: Unfortunately, no. This book is designed for readers taking their first steps in machine learning and further learning will be required beyond this book to master machine learning.<br /><br /><h3><b>Please feel welcome to join this introductory course by buying a copy, or sending a free sample to your preferred device.</b></h3><br />
Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and In...
by Gary Vaynerchuk

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English

Pages

293

Publication Date

January 30, 2018

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<p>Four-time <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.</p><p>In his 2009 international bestseller <em>Crush It,</em> Gary insisted that a vibrant personal brand was crucial to entrepreneurial success, In <em>Crushing It!,</em> Gary explains why that’s even more true today, offering his unique perspective on what has changed and what principles remain timeless. He also shares stories from other entrepreneurs who have grown wealthier—and not just financially—than they ever imagined possible by following <em>Crush It</em> principles. The secret to their success (and Gary’s) has everything to do with their understanding of the social media platforms, and their willingness to do whatever it took to make these tools work to their utmost potential. That’s what <em>Crushing It</em>! teaches readers to do.</p><p>In this lively, practical, and inspiring book, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each. He offers both theoretical and tactical advice on how to become the biggest thing on old standbys like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat; podcast platforms like Spotify, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, and iTunes; and other emerging platforms such as Musical.ly. For those with more experience, <em>Crushing It!</em> illuminates some little-known nuances and provides innovative tips and clever tweaks proven to enhance more common tried-and-true strategies.</p><p><em>Crushing It!</em> is a state-of-the-art guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it’s not about getting rich. It’s a blueprint to living life on your own terms.</p>
Ahead in the Cloud: Best Practices for Navigating the Future of E...
by Stephen Orban

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English

Pages

315

Publication Date

April 04, 2018

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Cloud computing is the most significant technology development of our lifetimes. It has made countless new businesses possible and presents a massive opportunity for large enterprises to innovate like startups and retire decades of technical debt. But making the most of the cloud requires much more from enterprises than just a technology change.<br /> <br />Stephen Orban led Dow Jones’s journey toward digital agility as their CIO and now leads AWS’s Enterprise Strategy function, where he helps leaders from the largest companies in the world transform their businesses. As he demonstrates in this book, enterprises must re-train their people, evolve their processes, and transform their cultures as they move to the cloud. By bringing together his experiences and those of a number of business leaders, Orban shines a light on what works, what doesn’t, and how enterprises can transform themselves using the cloud.
Initializing (Somnia Online Book 1)
by K.T. Hanna

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English

Pages

562

Publication Date

May 14, 2018

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<i>Discover the class you were born to play.</i><br /><br />Wren, a seasoned healer, is dismayed when Somnia Online automatically assigns her character, Murmur, to the Enchanter class. Determined to overcome the unexpected setback, she assembles her guild, intent on the coveted #1 spot. Twelve keys stand between her and victory, but finding them is only part of the puzzle.<br /><br />Armed with telepathic abilities, Murmur rises to the challenge. However, old rivals have followed her to Somnia Online desperate for revenge. Intricate quest lines become more dangerous as NPCs absorb powerful artifacts, and Murmur begins to wonder just what sort of AI controls the world. <br /><br />Murmur questions her sanity as the real and virtual worlds mesh together. Everyone is keeping secrets from her, even the AI, and Murmur’s determined to uncover them.<br />

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