Beginner’s Guide to InfoSec: Peerlyst’s First E-Book on Amazon


The “Beginner’s Guide to Information Security,” crowdsourced from members of the Peerlyst InfoSec community, is now available on Amazon.

The Beginner’s Guide to Information Security offers insight and resources to help readers embark on a career in one of the 21st century’s most important—and potentially lucrative—fields. But even as the world comes to recognize how essential InfoSec is, it’s still a relatively new discipline, and the paths leading into it are many—and not always well defined. The first e-book from Peerlyst (, the Beginner’s Guide to Information Security aims to cut through some of the confusion about how and where to start, putting readers on the road to a successful career in the field.

The guide’s content has been crowdsourced from members of the Peerlyst online community of InfoSec professionals. Many are longtime experts in some of the sectors that make up this varied field, others are relative newcomers eager to share the advice and resources they’ve found most valuable during their own career journeys. The contributors include Cheryl Biswas, a cybersecurity consultant focused on threat Intel with KPMG; Kris Rides, who heads an information security recruitment agency; and network security specialist Dean Webb.

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“The Beginner’s Guide to Information Security aligns perfectly with the mission of, which is removing information and knowledge barriers so security professionals can work together and educate each other,” says Limor Elbaz, Peerlyst’s founder and CEO. “And if advice from experts helps more newbies get involved in InfoSec, that will ease the pressure on those who are currently in the field—without compromising on the quality of education.”

The Beginner’s Guide to Information Security begins with some chapters that cover ways readers can learn about information security, maybe pick up a certification or two, find out about job opportunities, and then, hopefully, snag a job. Then it delves deeper into the InfoSec field, offering perspective and resources that will help readers master key skills, like knowing how to protect a network, respond to a security incident, and educate users so they’re part of the security solution—not the problem. The last chapters focus on “big picture” issues such as women in security, and where InfoSec may be heading in the future.

The book’s chapters include:

  • Thirteen Steps for Starting Your InfoSec Journey
  • Starting a Career in Network Security
  • How to Prepare for an InfoSec Interview
  • Working with Recruiters
  • How to Get Started in Cryptography
  • How to Secure Your Data
  • Basic Network Security
  • Security Awareness: The “People Part” of Information Systems
  • How to Respond to a Security Incident
  • Women in Security
  • The Defender’s Changing Role

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