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Overview

There are many books that detail tools and techniques of penetration testing, but none of these effectively communicate how the information gathered from tests should be analyzed and implemented. Until recently, there was very little strategic information available to explain the value of ethical hacking and how tests should be performed in order to provide a company with insight beyond a mere listing of security vulnerabilities. Now there is a resource that illustrates how an organization can gain as much value from an ethical hack as possible.

The Ethical Hack: A Framework for Business Value Penetration Testing explains the methodologies, framework, and "unwritten conventions" that ethical hacks should employ to provide the maximum value to organizations that want to harden their security. This book is unique in that it goes beyond the technical aspects of penetration testing to address the processes and rules of engagement required for successful tests. It examines testing from a strategic perspective, shedding light on how testing ramifications affect an entire organization.

Security practitioners can use this resource to reduce their exposure and deliver a focused, valuable service to customers. Organizations will learn how to align the information about tools, techniques, and vulnerabilities that they gathered from testing with their overall business objectives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849316098
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Perspectives of Value

SECURITY AND HACKING
Information Security
Security Architecture
Hacking Impacts

THE FRAMEWORK
Business Planning and Operations
Reconnaissance
Enumeration
Vulnerability Analysis
Exploitation
Final Analysis
Deliverable
Integration

INFORMATION SECURITY PROGRAM
Scope of Information Security Programs
The Process of Information Security
Component Parts of Information Security Programs

BUSINESS PLANNING AND OPERATIONS
Business Objectives
Security Policy
Previous Test Results
Business Challenges
The Business of Security
Reasoning
Overall Expectations
How Deep is Deep Enough?
Timing is Everything
Attack Type
Source Point
Required Knowledge
Inherent Limitations
Imposed Limitations
Multi-Phased Attacks
Teaming and Attack Structure
The Security Consultant
The Tester
Logistics
Technical Preparation
Managing of the Engagement
Scenario

RECONNAISSANCE
The Hacker
Reconnaissance Techniques

ENUMERATION
Technical Objective
Soft Objective
Scope of Effort
Looking Around or Attack?
Preparing for the Next Phase

VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS
Weighing the Vulnerability
Source Points
Reporting Dilemma

EXPLOITATION
Intuitive Testing
Evasion
War Dialing
Threads and Groups
Operating Systems
Password Crackers
Rootkits
Applications
Network
Services and Areas of Concern

FINAL ANALYSIS
Critical
Warning
Informational

DELIVERABLE
Overall Structure
Aligning Findings
Format

INTEGRATION
Mitigation
Defense Planning
Incident Management
Security Policy

CONCLUSION

APPENDIX-SPOOFING AND SEQUENCE ATTACK

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