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Posted February 12, 2007
Andrew Whitaker has a gift for teaching
Andrew Whitaker was an instructor of mine when I was first getting serious about networking. He trained me for my CCNA and CCDA exams through 'The Training Camp' in Austin Texas a few years ago. Andrew has a unique gift for making the difficult seem simple and helping those around him feel good about learning. The methods he uses to explain things leaves you with lightbulbs coming on everywhere. Although I have not read his book, I am anxious to do so when my unit gets back from deployment in Iraq sometime this summer. Andrew if you read this, I'd love to hear from you if you can find the time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2006
Paranoia with a Purpose
Andrew Whitaker and Daniel Newman show how to protect a network by showing how to attack it. Penetration Testing and Network Defense, written for network security professionals, has strong disclosures that warn against the temptation to try some of the techniques taught in the book without written permission from those who own target systems. If you have been administering a network or consulting, you will already be familiar with much of the contents of the book. However, the authors present the material very well. The book saves the reader the time of going many places to acquire all this information. There are a few non-technical parts to the book. Chapter 4, Performing Social Engineering, should be ready by practically everyone who works with computers or lives in the information age for that matter. This was the scary part for me. The authors almost had me thinking like a criminal. But this is a necessary exercise to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. There is apparently an emotional high for some to see what they can get away with. And then there is financial incentive as well. Appendix A walks the reader through preparing a security policy. Most of the book is written directly to those who already have a working knowledge of networking and the TCP/IP protocol. For over 10 chapters the authors cover many techniques for stealing data or taking down a network. The perspective of this guide flips flops from hacker to security administrator, showing both how to defend and how to get around that defense. There is mention of many of the newer features available in systems today, such as Flood Defender for Cisco PIX firewall. All of the best tools are listed, both free and commercial, for evaluating the security of a network. I give Penetration Testing and Network Defense five stars because it is easy to read and has excellent real world examples. I learned several new things and got some old questions answered. The book reinforces one of life¿s most important lessons I try to teach my kids. Respect other people: respect other people¿s things.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2009
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