Programming for security

rampagerampage Member Posts: 48 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi guys icon_thumright.gif
I searched to find the same topic but I didn't find anything.
I have been told many times,even several posts here, that programming is very important in security.If I wanna learn programming for security purposes,which language and how should I start to learn that?Any opinion is appreciated bowing.gif

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  • docricedocrice Member Posts: 1,706 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I think this depends on which aspect of information security you're interested in. Software development knowledge is helpful, but more so in certain disciplines than others.
    Hopefully-useful stuff I've written: http://kimiushida.com/bitsandpieces/articles/
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 11,661 Admin
    Programming skills and experience are necessary for understanding how software works inside. The vast majority of IT security problems are poorly designed, badly implemented, or mis-configured software. Therefore, it helps to understand how software works if you want to fix and protect it. Learning programming (software engineering, software development, etc.) is how to learn how software works.
  • dbrinkdbrink Member Posts: 180
    Do you want to write security tools or are you looking at just writing business-type applications in a secure manner?
    Currently Reading: Learn Python The Hard Way
    http://defendyoursystems.blogspot.com/
  • YFZbluYFZblu Member Posts: 1,462 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I started with something easy - HTML/CSS. I then moved to Python which is pretty friendly to beginners. There are various books on programming for beginners. CodeAcademy.com has also been a good resource for me.
  • rampagerampage Member Posts: 48 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thank you all for this great information.
    I think the problem is I look at every aspect of security and I am interested in all of them .I don't know which one is exactly my cup of tea .However in most of them I see that programming is a major part.
  • Master Of PuppetsMaster Of Puppets Member Posts: 1,210
    If you want a specific language to start, I'd say Python. It's pretty big on the security scene.
    Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
  • dbrinkdbrink Member Posts: 180
    I would suggest starting with Python also because it is a pretty easy language to pick up and it is also use a lot in the Infosec scene.
    Currently Reading: Learn Python The Hard Way
    http://defendyoursystems.blogspot.com/
  • the_Grinchthe_Grinch Member Posts: 4,164 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Yup, Python is the way to begin. Great for security and for automation, plus with so many modules you can get far very quickly.
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  • MrAgentMrAgent Member Posts: 1,309 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Any recommended books on Python?
  • dbrinkdbrink Member Posts: 180
  • Master Of PuppetsMaster Of Puppets Member Posts: 1,210
    It depends on your level and if you are new to programming or new to python.

    To get a good start - Coursera has a great course on python from Rice university. This is for a total beginner. Plus it's free.

    edx.org has a more advanced Python class from MIT. That's also free.


    As for books:

    I really enjoyed Think Python 2012. If you are new to programming Head First Python might be helpful.

    Core Python Programming is also a good one.

    If this is not your first clash with programming - you might like Python bible 2.1. It does start with basic python and explaining the syntax but dives deeper after that. A nice thing about this one is that it includes a lot of examples which are quite helpful.

    I got a few more but no need to get carried away. There are also a few that I haven't personally checked out yet.
    Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
  • beantownmpbeantownmp Member Posts: 29 ■□□□□□□□□□
    These two FREE courses will set you up very well with a strong foundation in Python. The second course is co-instructed by the creator of Reddit.

    https://www.udacity.com/course/cs101

    &

    https://www.udacity.com/course/cs253
  • rampagerampage Member Posts: 48 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Great posts guys.I really appreciate them icon_thumright.gif
    I think I'm gonna start by Coursera .Their courses are great.
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