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Online Security Resources

As you read this book, and when you move out into the professional world, you will have frequent need for additional security resources. Appendix A, “Resources,” includes a more complete list of resources, but this section highlights a few of the most important ones you may find useful now.


The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT; www.cert.org) is sponsored by Carnegie-Mellon University. CERT was the first computer incident-response team, and it is still one of the most respected in the industry. Anyone interested in network security should visit the site routinely. On the website you will find a wealth of documentation, including guidelines for security policies, cutting-edge security research, and more.

Microsoft Security Advisor

Because so many computers today run Microsoft operating systems, another good resource is the Microsoft Security Advisor website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/msrc?rtc=1. This site is a portal to all Microsoft security information, tools, and updates. If you use any Microsoft software, you should visit this website regularly.


The F-Secure corporation maintains a website at www.f-secure.com. This site is, among other things, a repository for detailed information on virus outbreaks. Here you will find not only notifications about a particular virus but detailed information about the virus, such as how the virus spreads, and ways to recognize the virus, and, possibly, specific tools for cleaning an infected system of a particular virus.

SANS Institute

The SANS Institute website (www.sans.org) is a vast repository of security-related documentation. On this site you will find detailed documentation on virtually every aspect of computer security you can imagine. The SANS Institute also sponsors a number of security research projects and publishes information about those projects on its website.

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