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Too many network administrators depend on the "big sky" principle of network security--they believe that the large number of Internet-connected machines out there will keep black-hat hackers away. Hack Proofing Your Network: Internet Tradecraft points out that statistics are no defense, and that such an attitude is irresponsible. The book shows steps that you can take to harden your resources against attack. Although most of the material in this book isn't up-to-the-minute (how could it be, when the tactics of attackers change daily), you can discourage hackers by implementing the strategies that it describes. Many antihacking texts assume a fair bit... Rest of this review on the detail page
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You may think this is just another book about computer and network security, but this one is different. This book starts at basic questions like "What do you want to secure" and "What are the threatening factors". Understanding security is an important part in security. Bruce Schneier writes an interesting book which is both good as a book to read and as a guide-book to help you think about security as part of the total process. This is a book the system administrator can give to the manager to read to help him understand that just buying a firewall is not going to solve the real problems. Recommended.
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Incident response has, in the past, received short shrift in security literature. It is also a rather vague term: what type of an incident are we talking about? how big? What type of response are we considering? protective? defensive? offensive? The authors have provided us a starting point for consideration and the benefit of some years of experience, but this work is, unfortunately, less detailed than it might have been. Chapter one does not do a good job of defining incident response: the examples are instructive, but the material wanders through a number of topics without developing any central focus. There is an examination of the strengths and shortcomings of various types of response teams, such as those internal to compani... Rest of this review on the detail page
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As the Internet and other international and national information infrastructures become larger, more complex, and more interdependent, the frequency and severity of unauthorized intrusions into systems connected to these networks are increasing. Therefore, to the extent possible and practical, it is critical to secure the networked systems of an organization that are connected to public networks. The CERT© Guide to System and Network Security Practices is a practical, stepwise approach to protecting systems and networks against malicious and inadvertent compromise. The practices are primarily written for mid level system and network administrators--the people whose day-to-day activities include installation, configuration, operation, ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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