AVIEN Malware Defense Guide for the Enterprise

AVIEN Malware Defense Guide for the Enterprise

1st Edition - August 3, 2007

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  • Authors: David Harley, Robert Vibert
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080558660

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Members of AVIEN (the Anti-Virus Information Exchange Network) have been setting agendas in malware management for several years: they led the way on generic filtering at the gateway, and in the sharing of information about new threats at a speed that even anti-virus companies were hard-pressed to match. AVIEN members represent the best-protected large organizations in the world, and millions of users. When they talk, security vendors listen: so should you. AVIEN’s sister organization AVIEWS is an invaluable meeting ground between the security vendors and researchers who know most about malicious code and anti-malware technology, and the top security administrators of AVIEN who use those technologies in real life. This new book uniquely combines the knowledge of these two groups of experts. Anyone who is responsible for the security of business information systems should be aware of this major addition to security literature.* “Customer Power” takes up the theme of the sometimes stormy relationship between the antivirus industry and its customers, and tries to dispel some common myths. It then considers the roles of the independent researcher, the vendor-employed specialist, and the corporate security specialist.* “Stalkers on Your Desktop” considers the thorny issue of malware nomenclature and then takes a brief historical look at how we got here, before expanding on some of the malware-related problems we face today.* “A Tangled Web” discusses threats and countermeasures in the context of the World Wide Web. * “Big Bad Bots” tackles bots and botnets, arguably Public Cyber-Enemy Number One.* “Crème de la CyberCrime” takes readers into the underworld of old-school virus writing, criminal business models, and predicting future malware hotspots.* “Defense in Depth” takes a broad look at DiD in the enterprise, and looks at some specific tools and technologies.* “Perilous Outsorcery” offers sound advice on how to avoid the perils and pitfalls of outsourcing, incorporating a few horrible examples of how not to do it.* “Education in Education” offers some insights into user education from an educationalist’s perspective, and looks at various aspects of security in schools and other educational establishments.* “DIY Malware Analysis” is a hands-on, hands-dirty approach to security management, considering malware analysis and forensics techniques and tools.* “Antivirus Evaluation & Testing” continues the D-I-Y theme, discussing at length some of the thorny issues around the evaluation and testing of antimalware software.* “AVIEN & AVIEWS: the Future” looks at future developments in AVIEN and AVIEWS.

Key Features



System and security administrators, and other information security professionals, law enforcement professionals with technological remit, public policy makers, and vendors of anti-malware and other security products.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 656
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2007
  • Published: August 3, 2007
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080558660

About the Authors

David Harley

David Harley has been researching and writing about malicious software and other security issues since the end of the 1980s. From 2001 to 2006 he worked in the UK's National Health Service as a National Infrastructure Security Manager, where he specialized in the management of malicious software and all forms of email abuse, as well as running the Threat Assessment Centre, and has worked since as an independent author and consultant for Small Blue-Green World. He joined ESET's Research team in January 2008. He was co-author of Viruses Revealed (McGraw-Hill) and lead author and technical editor of The AVIEN Malware Defense Guide for the Enterprise (Syngress), as well as a contributor to Botnets: the Killer Web App (Syngress). He has contributed chapters to many other books on security and education for publishers such as Wiley, Pearson and Vieweg, as well as a multitude of specialist articles and conference papers. In his copious free time he is Chief Operations Officer for AVIEN (the Anti-Virus Information Exchange Network) and administers the MAC Virus web site.

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly UK's National Health Service, National Infrastructure Security Manager, Independent author and consultant for Small Blue-Green World and Chief Operations Officer, AVIEN (the Anti-Virus Information Exchange Network)

Robert Vibert

Robert S. Vibert is the administrator and CDO of the Anti-Virus Information Exchange Network (AVIEN), the growing network of Security Professionals working in organizations with 1500 or more PCs who discuss Anti-Virus topics and keep each other informed about upcoming malware threats. He also acts as senior advisor to the administrator of AVIEWS (Anti-Virus Information & Early Warning System), AVIEN’s sister organization, which brings together security specialists and researchers at both vendor and customer organizations. Robert has worked for more than 25 years as a consultant, mentoring and helping companies and individuals get the most out of their resources. Author of five books and more than 200 articles on management, computer security and operations, Robert has also worked as a senior consultant for a major international consulting firm, is regularly interviewed by the media for his expert insights on computer security, and serves as an adviser to Canadian government departments. Currently, he acts as a mentor to several entrepreneurs and is developing the Missing Link series of books, workbooks, CDs and DVDs to provide practical information and processes to get the success you want in life in the areas of finance, relationships, emotional health, career and personal development.

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