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OK, you know enough about network security to be terrified. But here’s what you don’t know: What to do first. What to do next. That’s where Network Security: A Beginner’s Guide, Second Edition comes in. This surprisingly simple, project-based book walks you through implementing very solid security in your company.
Leading security consultant Eric Maiwald first gives you the lay of the land. You’ll learn what to watch out for, what tools are available to help you, what laws you’d better know about, and what goals you need to accomplish: ensuring confidentiality, integrity, availability, and accountability. Next, you’ll lay the groundwork -- establishing intelligent policies and processes that reflect technical and administrative best practices.
He then moves on to the nuts-and-bolts: deploying firewalls and virtual private networks, using encryption and digital signatures, and even deploying intrusion detection. The effectiveness of IDSes has increasingly come under question lately: Maiwald does a nice job of flagging the issues so you can decide if they’re right for you. You’ll also find chapters on securing Windows servers (2000 and 2003) and Unix servers (including key tasks like finding SUID and SGID files).
While this is called a “beginner’s guide,” Maiwald gets into some reasonably advanced areas -- for instance, architecting your ISP connection for security. (What services should go in your “DMZ”? How do you design secure partner networks?) No security program is ever perfect, but if you follow the steps outlined here, you’ll have done enough to send most hackers after easier prey. 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.