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When Ed Skoudis isn't explaining hacking techniques to U.S. Senate committees, he's busy helping major companies identify and resolve their most serious enterprise security vulnerabilities. And when he's not doing that, he's helping you. How, pray tell? By writing Counter Hack.
In this relentlessly hands-on book, Skoudis begins by identifying the most dangerous cracking tools -- the ones that are most popular and are causing the most damage. Then, he shows sysadmins exactly how to protect themselves from the havoc these tools can wreak in the wrong hands. There are techniques that respond to war dialers, port scanners, firewall scanners, sniffers, and session hijackers -- as well as practical countermeasures for IP spoofing, IP fragmentation, and even (to the extent possible) denial of service attacks.
Skoudis' solutions apply to UNIX and Windows environments, and are presented in relatively easy, step-by-step formats that ought to be usable by any competent sysadmin. There are five elements to cracking: reconnaissance and targeting, identifying vulnerabilities; gaining access; staying in once you're in, and avoiding detection. Unlike many security books, this one covers all five. It should go a long way towards helping you sleep at night. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.