Item description for Security Sage's Guide to Hardening the Network Infrastructure by Erik Pace Birkholz Brian Kenyon...
Security Sage's Guide to Hardening the Network Infrastructure will be the only publication that provides security and Information Technology (IT) professionals an in-depth and comprehensive view of network devices, protocols and architectures. It provides detailed guidance on real-world network threats and exposures. While most network security books focus on ancillary topics---such as operating systems, RDBMS, groupware, and other applications---this book will concentrate strictly on the nuts and bolts of networks, such as routers, firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and the networking protocols that work in congress with them.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 7" Height: 1" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2004
ISBN 1931836019 ISBN13 9781931836012
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independent vendor analysis Mar 13, 2005
The book gives a tour of how to protect your computer network from intrusion. As you might expect, the authors devote substantial space to how you might design the network; often with a firewall and DMZ. Inevitably the firewall will be attacked, so there's a lengthy foray into the various attack vectors and your countermeasures. Variants of a Denial of Service are perhaps the most common attacks. However, there's no analysis of the most virulent form, a Distributed DoS.
I found the best strength of the book was its analysis of the various vendors offering products in this field. It's an up to date study of many key vendors. Cisco, Symantec and Novell, of course. But also much smaller entities like Tero and Net Continuum. The authors furnish an independent assessment of each company's main products.
Other chapters talk about things like routing protocols and network switching. Important certainly. But you can find this material in other networking books. If you are considering this book, go for its comparative advantage of the vendor studies
Excellent! Dec 7, 2004
Every sys admin should read this. Every network admin should read this.
Microsoft should read this :)
Seriously, great book, w/ great info!
The base knowledge you need to have for security Oct 13, 2004
This is the minimum every network administrator should know about network security and is an excellent guide for administrators at the intermediate level of security knowledge. One of the things I really liked about the book was that it not only tells the reader how to secure their network but also tells them how to test the system using specific techniques and tools. This includes footprinting a network with tools like whois and DNS interrogation, monitoring traffic, and sniffing. The other great feature of the book is that it includes vendor specific attacks and defenses - the things the vendor won't be telling you. Some of the vendors mentioned include Check Point, PIX, Microsoft ISA Server, NetScreen, and Novell.
The authors also examine routing devices and protocols, network management and security, IPSec, VPNs, and security software. In addition to the internal network considerations the authors look at the items on the edge of the local network. These items include network switches and routers, including attacks and defenses by brand. They complete the book with a good discussion of internal network design including the importance of firewall selection and placement, Intrusion Detection Systems, and segmentation. Security Sage's Guide to Hardening the Network Infrastructure is highly recommended for people interested more in how to secure a network than how to hack one as well as how to test that security.
Excellent text for the 21st century network/security admins Aug 25, 2004
Todays's network administrator needs to be armed with more knowledge than just Microsoft GUI management skills. This text discusses firewalls, routers, switches and intrusion detection networks, their importance in the enterprise, and how to deploy them in a secure fashion. While directed towards the large enterprise, this book can also help the small and mid size businesses to maintain a secure network. My only reason for 4 stars is Chapter 4 on Firewall Attacks and Defenses. The conclusions at the end of the chapter are great, but I would have placed the chapter at the end or as an appendix.
Plain English but not "Dummies" Jul 6, 2004
Why is it that when you need a good technical book it written way over your head or one of those "dummies" or "idiots guide" books? i'm not a rocket scientist but I graduated college and dont have time to read and re-read pages because they are written for other geeks to understand. whats great about the Sage guide is that it's not a "manual" -- it's like a conversation. the author talks to you like you are a human being and then when you're done you can do your job. other books (my boss bought me this one and the one with the bald biker gang guy on the cover) leave you with no "action" or thing that you can apply in real life. after reading this book, i immediately followed three of their suggestions and i have logs to prove that i've been stopping some attacks. Even better, our deputy director is now investigating buying vulnerability software for our unit based on the examples shown in the first part of the book. I think everyone that is looking to get a hold on the security of their own network needs to read this just once.