Sans Giac Certification: Security Essentials Toolkit Eric Cole

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Published: March 18th 2002

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Sans Giac Certification: Security Essentials Toolkit  by  Eric Cole

Sans Giac Certification: Security Essentials Toolkit by Eric Cole
March 18th 2002 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: | 7.58 Mb

The best way to develop a working knowledge of anything is to actually work with it--see it work, see it fail, and see what happens when variables are adjusted. Under the guise of an exam-preparation aid, SANS GIAC Certification: Security EssentialsMoreThe best way to develop a working knowledge of anything is to actually work with it--see it work, see it fail, and see what happens when variables are adjusted.

Under the guise of an exam-preparation aid, SANS GIAC Certification: Security Essentials Toolkit guides its readers through a series of carefully designed experiments that collectively illustrate how attackers go about breaking into (or just plain breaking) their targets. The authors assume little background knowledge on the readers part and take care to show you what you need to do in order to see the effects theyre trying to demonstrate.

This is, above all, a laboratory manual, and the authors deserve kudos for their effort to ensure that you can reproduce their results. A highly graphical design and wide, lay-flat binding make this book all the more useful as a hands-on companion. The authors dedication to standardization is evident from the first exercise (this book consists almost entirely of exercises), in which they show how to build a dual-boot system with both Linux and Windows 2000 installed.

The idea is that you can build this system once, make an image of it, and then be able to repeatedly break and rebuild your system without wasting time. Subsequent exercises deal with different types of attacks and the defenses that are effective against each. Each exercise has an explicitly illustrated procedure--usually illustrating a successful attack and a failed one (i.e., one that was defended against).

You learn not only to install defensive software and trust it, but also to recognize evidence of attacks in log files and in behavioral symptoms. More security books--and technical books in general--should be like this one. --David WallTopics covered: The kinds of attacks--against Windows 2000 and Linux systems--that are covered on the SANS Institutes Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) exam, as well as the software tools and configuration strategies that you can use to protect your systems against them.

The authors cover many attacks--including Trojans, host spoofs, and others--and many defensive weapons (like firewalls and intrusion detection systems).



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