Cyber Attacks - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123918550, 9780123918673

Cyber Attacks

1st Edition

Protecting National Infrastructure, STUDENT EDITION

Authors: Edward Amoroso
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123918550
eBook ISBN: 9780123918673
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 17th February 2012
Page Count: 336
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This textbook offers a technical, architectural, and management approach to solving the problems of protecting national infrastructure and includes practical and empirically-based guidance for students wishing to become security engineers, network operators, software designers, technology managers, application developers, Chief Security Officers, etc.. This approach includes controversial themes such as the deliberate use of deception to trap intruders. In short, it serves as an attractive framework for a new national strategy for cyber security. Each principle is presented as a separate security strategy, along with pages of compelling examples that demonstrate use of the principle. A specific set of criteria requirements allows students to understand how any organization, such as a government agency, integrates the principles into their local environment.

The STUDENT EDITION features several case studies illustrating actual implementation scenarios of the principals and requirements discussed in the text. It also includes helpful pedagogical elements such as chapter outlines, chapter summaries, learning checklists, and a 2-color interior. And it boasts a new and complete instructor ancillary package including test bank, IM, Ppt slides, case study questions, and more.

Key Features

  • Provides case studies focusing on cyber security challenges and solutions to display how theory, research, and methods, apply to real-life challenges
  • Utilizes, end-of-chapter case problems that take chapter content and relate it to real security situations and issues
  • Includes instructor slides for each chapter as well as an instructor’s manual with sample syllabi and test bank


Security practitioners, military personnel

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

National Cyber Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Attacks

Botnet Threat

National Cyber Security Methodology Components











Implementing the Principles Nationally

Protecting the Critical National Infrastructure Against Cyber Attacks


Chapter Review Questions/Exercises

2. Deception

Scanning Stage

Deliberately Open Ports

Discovery Stage

Deceptive Documents

Exploitation Stage

Procurement Tricks

Exposing Stage

Interfaces Between Humans and Computers

National Deception Program

The Deception Planning Process Against Cyber Attacks


Chapter Review Questions/Exercises

3. Separation

What Is Separation?

Functional Separation

National Infrastructure Firewalls

DDOS Filtering

SCADA Separation Architecture

Physical Separation

Insider Separation

Asset Separation

Multilevel Security (MLS)

Protecting the Critical National Infrastructure Through Use of Separation


Chapter Review Questions/Exercises

4. Diversity

Diversity and Worm Propagation

Desktop Computer System Diversity

Diversity Paradox of Cloud Computing

Network Technology Diversity

Physical Diversity

National Diversity Program

Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Diversity Initiative


Chapter Review Questions/Exercises

5. Commonality

Meaningful Best Practices for Infrastructure Protection

Locally Relevant and Appropriate Security Policy

Culture of Security Protection

Infrastructure Simplification

Certification and Education

Career Path and


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About the Author

Edward Amoroso

Edward Amoroso is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of AT&T, where he has worked in cyber security for the past twenty-five years. He has also held the adjunct professor position in the computer science department at the Stevens Institute of Technology for the past twenty years. Edward has written four previous books on computer security, and his writings and commentary have appeared in major national newspapers, television shows, and books. He holds a BS degree in physics from Dickinson College, and the MS/PhD degrees in computer science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the Columbia Business School.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of AT&T


"Dr. Amoroso must be commended for his effort in trying to build a national strategy document...The material is worthy of being debated in public policy circles…"--Security Management, June 2013

"The book puts forward a good set of high-level principles for protecting enterprise scale assets against cyber-attack, which provide the necessary formal, rigorous approach for anyone holding ultimate responsibility in this area. The treatment of these topics is conceptual rather than technical with minimal discussion of implementation, although this is understandable enough as there will be considerable variation between different enterprises and systems in practice...[T]his is an excellent introduction or high-level guide for anyone involved in the management of infrastructure security or learning the basic principles of enterprise information security."

"Cyber Attacks Protecting National Infrastructure is a very readable and engaging book on one of the most important topics the US is currently facing. While Amoroso lays out the technical issues, he also notes that the only way to remediate them is via a commitment to infrastructure protection; based on a top-down approach from management. If management is supportive of information security, and understands its significant, the security teams ability to secure the infrastructure will be inordinately easier. For those looking for a reference that provides both the breadth and depth on the topic, Cyber Attacks Protecting National Infrastructure is an invaluable resource written by one of the smartest minds in the industry"--RSA Conference’s Security Reading Room