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The best way to attract Winnie-the-Pooh is also the best way to attract, observe, and understand hackers: a honeypot. Over the past year, interest in honeypots has exploded. Now the field’s No. 1 expert covers all you need to know about them -- from selection to deployment, from management to legal issues.
Lance Spitzner founded the seminal Honeynet Project, moderates the honeypots maillist, and has presented on honeypots at the NSA, the FBI, and the Pentagon. He’s definitely the right author. And this is the right coverage.
Spitzner begins with an honest assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of honeypots (they’re relatively simple to deploy but have a narrow field of view -- and some are susceptible to discovery). Next, he offers chapter-length assessments of four leading honeypots -- Back Officer Friendly, Specter, Honeyd, and Mantrap -- plus a look at rolling your own.
You’ll find invaluable implementation guidance, including where to place honeypots for prevention, detection, response, and research; how to capture the right data; and how to mitigate risks and evade detection. There’s even a full chapter on the legal issues associated with honeypots -- a chapter written with the guidance of the U.S. Justice Department. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.