GFI Network Security and PCI Compliance Power Tools


  • Brien Posey, Brien Posey is a freelance technical writer who has received Microsoft's MVP award four times. Over the last 12 years, Brien has published over 4,000 articles and whitepapers, and has written or contributed to over 30 books. In addition to his technical writing, Brien is the cofounder of Relevant Technologies and also serves the IT community through his own Web site. Prior to becoming a freelance author, Brien served as CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and healthcare facilities and as a network administrator for the Department of Defense at Fort Knox. He has also worked as a network administrator for some of the nation's largest insurance companies.

Today all companies, U.S. federal agencies, and non-profit organizations have valuable data on their servers that needs to be secured. One of the challenges for IT experts is learning how to use new products in a time-efficient manner, so that new implementations can go quickly and smoothly. Learning how to set up sophisticated products is time-consuming, and can be confusing. GFI's LANguard Network Security Scanner reports vulnerabilities so that they can be mitigated before unauthorized intruders can wreck havoc on your network. To take advantage of the best things that GFI's LANguard Network Security Scanner has to offer, you'll want to configure it on your network so that it captures key events and alerts you to potential vulnerabilities before they are exploited.
In this book Brien Posey has pinpointed the most important concepts with examples and screenshots so that systems administrators and security engineers can understand how to get the GFI security tools working quickly and effectively. His straightforward, no nonsense writing style is devoid of difficult to understand technical jargon. His descriptive examples explain how GFI's security tools enhance the security controls that are already built into your server's operating system.
* Secure Your Network Master the various components that make up the management console and prepare to use it for most tasks.
* Analyze Scan Results View detected vulnerabilities, save and print results, query open ports, and filter your results.
* Install and Use the ReportPack Learn how to build custom reports and schedule reports. See how filters allow you to control the information that is processed when a reports is run.
* Perform a Hardware Inventory and Compile a Software Inventory Use GFI to do your inventories and perform audits. See how to blacklist and whitelist applications to make your reports more meaningful.
* Manage Patches Effectively See how to deploy a specific patch, perform a scan comparison, uninstall a patch, and deploy custom software.
* Use GFI EndPointSecurity to Lock Down Hardware Be prepared for users trying to install unauthorized software, copy sensitive data onto removable media, or perform other actions to try and circumvent your network's security.
* Create Protection Policies Control the level of device access allowed on a system and create separate protection policies; one for servers, one for workstations, and one for laptops. Learn how to deploy agents.
* Regulate Specific Devices Master some of the advanced features of GFI: locking device categories, blacklisting and whitelisting devices, and using file type restrictions.
* Monitor Device Usage Keep tabs on your network by setting logging options, setting alerting options, and generating end point security reports.
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System administrators, security professionals, and security auditors and consultants.


Book information

  • Published: September 2008
  • Imprint: SYNGRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-59749-285-0

Table of Contents

ForewordAcknowlegmentsChapter 1: Installing GFI LANguard Network Security ScannerChapter 2: An Introduction to the GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner Management ConsoleChapter 3: Performing a Security ScanChapter 4: Analyzing the Scan ResultsChapter 5: Using the ReportPackChapter 6: Inventories and AuditingChapter 7: Patch ManagementChapter 8: Installing GFI EndPoint SecurityChapter 9: Defining Protection PoliciesChapter 10: Advanced Security ConfigurationsChapter 11: End Point ManagementChapter 12: Monitoring Device UsageChapter 13: Installing GFI EventsManagerChapter 14: Browsing the Event LogsChapter 15: Event Processing RulesChapter 16: Getting the Big PictureChapter 17: Installing and Configuring GFI Network Server MonitorChapter 18: Working With GFI Network Server Monitor’s Configuration ConsoleChapter 19: GFI Network Monitor’s Additional ComponentsIndex