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  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 448
  • Edition: 3rd
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-447055-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-447055-9


Clearly explains core concepts, terminology, challenges, technologies, and skills

Covers today’s latest attacks and countermeasures

The perfect beginner’s guide for anyone interested in a computer security career

Chuck Easttom brings together complete coverage of all basic concepts, terminology, and issues, along with all the skills you need to get started.

Drawing on 20+ years of experience as a security instructor, consultant, and researcher, Easttom helps you take a proactive, realistic approach to assessing threats and implementing countermeasures. Writing clearly and simply, he addresses crucial issues that many introductory security books ignore, while addressing the realities of a world where billions of new devices are Internet-connected.

This guide covers web attacks, hacking, spyware, network defense, security appliances, VPNs, password use, and much more. Its many tips and examples reflect new industry trends and the state-of-the-art in both attacks and defense. Exercises, projects, and review questions in every chapter help you deepen your understanding and apply all you’ve learned.

Whether you’re a student, a professional, or a manager, this guide will help you protect your assets—and expand your career options.

Learn how to

·         Identify and prioritize potential threats to your network

·         Use basic networking knowledge to improve security

·         Get inside the minds of hackers, so you can deter their attacks

·         Implement a proven layered approach to network security

·         Resist modern social engineering attacks

·         Defend against today’s most common Denial of Service (DoS) attacks

·         Halt viruses, spyware, worms, Trojans, and other malware

·         Prevent problems arising from malfeasance or ignorance

·         Choose the best encryption methods for your organization

·         Compare security technologies, including the latest security appliances

·         Implement security policies that will work in your environment

·         Scan your network for vulnerabilities

·         Evaluate potential security consultants

·         Master basic computer forensics and know what to do if you’re attacked

·         Learn how cyberterrorism and information warfare are evolving

Sample Content

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to Computer Security


How Seriously Should You Take Threats to Network Security?

Identifying Types of Threats


    Compromising System Security

    DoS Attacks

    Web Attacks

    Session Hijacking

    Insider Threats

    DNS Poisoning

    New Attacks

Assessing the Likelihood of an Attack on Your Network

Basic Security Terminology

    Hacker Slang

    Professional Terms

Concepts and Approaches

How Do Legal Issues Impact Network Security?

Online Security Resources


    Microsoft Security Advisor


    SANS Institute


Test Your Skills

Chapter 2: Networks and the Internet


Network Basics

    The Physical Connection: Local Networks

    Faster Connection Speeds

    Data Transmission

How the Internet Works

    IP Addresses


    Uniform Resource Locators

    What Is a Packet?

    Basic Communications

History of the Internet

Basic Network Utilities






Other Network Devices

Advanced Network Communications Topics

    The OSI Model

    Media Access Control (MAC) Addresses


Test Your Skills

Chapter 3: Cyber Stalking, Fraud, and Abuse


How Internet Fraud Works

    Investment Offers

    Auction Frauds

Identity Theft


Cyber Stalking

    Real Cyber Stalking Cases

    How to Evaluate Cyber Stalking

    Crimes Against Children

    Laws About Internet Fraud

Protecting Yourself Against Cyber Crime

    Protecting Against Investment Fraud

    Protecting Against Identity Theft

    Secure Browser Settings


Test Your Skills

Chapter 4: Denial of Service Attacks



Illustrating an Attack

    Common Tools Used for DoS

    DoS Weaknesses

    Specific DoS Attacks

    Land Attack



Test Your Skills

Chapter 5: Malware



    How a Virus Spreads

    Types of Viruses

    Virus Examples


    Gameover ZeuS

    CryptoLocker and CryptoWall





    The Sobig Virus

    The Mimail Virus

    The Bagle Virus

    A Nonvirus Virus


    Rules for Avoiding Viruses

Trojan Horses

The Buffer-Overflow Attack

The Sasser Virus/Buffer Overflow


    Legal Uses of Spyware

    How Is Spyware Delivered to a Target System?

    Obtaining Spyware Software

Other Forms of Malware


    Malicious Web-Based Code

    Logic Bombs


    Advanced Persistent Threats

Detecting and Eliminating Viruses and Spyware

    Antivirus Software

    Antispyware Software

    Remediation Steps


Test Your Skills

Chapter 6: Techniques Used by Hackers


Basic Terminology

The Reconnaissance Phase

    Passive Scanning Techniques

    Active Scanning Techniques

Actual Attacks

    SQL Script Injection

    Cross-Site Scripting

    Password Cracking

Malware Creation

    Windows Hacking Techniques

Penetration Testing

    NIST 800-115

    National Security Agency Information Assessment Methodology

    PCI Penetration Testing Standard


Test Your Skills

Chapter 7: Industrial Espionage in Cyberspace


What Is Industrial Espionage?

Information as an Asset

Real-World Examples of Industrial Espionage

    Example 1: Houston Astros

    Example 2: University Trade Secrets

    Example 3: VIA Technology

    Example 4: General Motors

    Example 5: Bloomberg, Inc.

    Example 6: Interactive Television Technologies, Inc.

    Trends in Industrial Espionage

    Industrial Espionage and You

How Does Espionage Occur?

    Low-Tech Industrial Espionage

    Spyware Used in Industrial Espionage

Steganography Used in Industrial Espionage

Phone Taps and Bugs

Protecting Against Industrial Espionage

Industrial Espionage Act

Spear Phishing


Test Your Skills

Chapter 8: Encryption


Cryptography Basics

History of Encryption

    The Caesar Cipher


    Multi-Alphabet Substitution

    Rail Fence


    Binary Operations

Modern Methods

    Single-Key (Symmetric) Encryption

    Modification of Symmetric Methods

Public Key (Asymmetric) Encryption


Legitimate Versus Fraudulent Encryption Methods

Digital Signatures






    Rainbow Tables


    Historical Steganography

    Methods and Tools


    Frequency Analysis

    Modern Methods

Cryptography Used on the Internet


Test Your Skills

Chapter 9: Computer Security Technology


Virus Scanners

    How Does a Virus Scanner Work?

    Virus-Scanning Techniques

    Commercial Antivirus Software


    Benefits and Limitation of Firewalls

    Firewall Types and Components

    Firewall Configurations

    Commercial and Free Firewall Products

    Firewall Logs



    IDS Categorization

    Identifying an Intrusion

    IDS Elements


    Honey Pots

    Database Activity Monitoring

    Other Preemptive Techniques


Digital Certificates


Virtual Private Networks

    Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol

    Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol


Wi-Fi Security

    Wired Equivalent Privacy

    Wi-Fi Protected Access



Test Your Skills

Chapter 10: Security Policies


What Is a Policy?

Defining User Policies


    Internet Use

    Email Usage

    Installing/Uninstalling Software

    Instant Messaging

    Desktop Configuration

    Bring Your Own Device

    Final Thoughts on User Policies

Defining System Administration Policies

    New Employees

    Departing Employees

    Change Requests

    Security Breaches

    Virus Infection

    DoS Attacks

    Intrusion by a Hacker

Defining Access Control

Developmental Policies

Standards, Guidelines, and Procedures

Data Classification

    DoD Clearances

Disaster Recovery

    Disaster Recovery Plan

    Business Continuity Plan

    Impact Analysis?

    Fault Tolerance

Important Laws



    Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards


Test Your Skills

Chapter 11: Network Scanning and Vulnerability Scanning


Basics of Assessing a System







Securing Computer Systems

    Securing an Individual Workstation

    Securing a Server

    Securing a Network

Scanning Your Network



Getting Professional Help


Test Your Skills

Chapter 12: Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare


Actual Cases of Cyber Terrorism

    The Chinese Eagle Union

    China’s Advanced Persistent Threat

    India and Pakistan

    Russian Hackers

Weapons of Cyber Warfare



    StopGeorgia.ru Malware



    NSA ANT Catalog

Economic Attacks

Military Operations Attacks

General Attacks

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions (SCADA)

Information Warfare


    Information Control


Actual Cases

Future Trends

    Positive Trends

    Negative Trends

Defense Against Cyber Terrorism

Terrorist Recruiting and Communication

TOR and the Dark Web


Test Your Skills

Chapter 13: Cyber Detective


General Searches

Court Records and Criminal Checks

    Sex Offender Registries

    Civil Court Records

    Other Resources



Test Your Skills

Chapter 14: Introduction to Forensics


General Guidelines

    Don’t Touch the Suspect Drive

    Image a Drive with Forensic Toolkit

    Can You Ever Conduct Forensics on a Live Machine?

    Document Trail

    Secure the Evidence

    Chain of Custody

    FBI Forensics Guidelines

    U.S. Secret Service Forensics Guidelines

    EU Evidence Gathering

    Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence

    Locard’s Principle of Transference


Finding Evidence on the PC

    Finding Evidence in the Browser

Finding Evidence in System Logs

    Windows Logs

    Linux Logs

Getting Back Deleted Files

Operating System Utilities

    Net Sessions




The Windows Registry

    Specific Entries

Mobile Forensics: Cell Phone Concepts

    Cell Concepts Module

    Cellular Networks




    What You Should Look For

The Need for Forensic Certification

Expert Witnesses

    Federal Rule 702


Additional Types of Forensics

    Network Forensics

    Virtual Forensics


Test Your Skills

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Resources

Appendix C: Answers to the Multiple Choice Questions

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