How to Cheat at Securing Linux

How to Cheat at Securing Linux

1st Edition - October 30, 2007

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  • Author: James Stanger
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080558684

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Description

Linux servers now account for 33% of all networks servers running worldwide (Source: IDC). The top 3 market share holders in the network server space (IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell) all use Linux as their standard operating system. This book teaches Linux system administrators how to protect their servers from malicious threats.As with any technologies, increased usage results in increased attention from malicious hackers. For years a myth existed that Windows was inherently less secure than Linux, because there were significantly more attacks against Windows machines than Linux. This was a fallacy. There were more attacks against Windows machines because there were simply so many more Windows machines to attack. Now, the numbers tell the exact opposite story. Linux servers account for 1/3 of all servers worldwide, but in 2005 there were 3 times as many high-severity security vulnerabilities discovered on Linux servers (Source: IDC).This book covers Open Source security, implementing an intrusion detection system, unearthing Rootkits, defending against malware, creating Virtual Private Networks, and much more.

Key Features

The Perfect Reference for the Multitasked SysAdmin
* Discover Why "Measure Twice, Cut Once" Applies to Securing Linux
* Complete Coverage of Hardening the Operating System, Implementing an Intrusion Detection System, and Defending Databases
* Short on Theory, History, and Technical Data that Is Not Helpful in Performing Your Job

Readership

System administrators and security professionals running Linux Servers who use Snort, Nessus, and Wireshark in conjunction with other security tools to identify and stop potentially malicious traffic crossing networks ranging in size from fewer than 10 machines up to enterprise-class networks with tens of thousands of systems.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Open Source Security
    Chapter 2: Hardening the Operating System
    Chapter 3: System Scanning and Probing
    Chapter 4: Implementing an Intrusion Detection System
    Chapter 5: Troubleshooting the Network with Sniffers
    Chapter 6: Unearthing Rootkits
    Chapter 7: Defending Against Malware
    Chapter 8: Defending Databases
    Chapter 9: Network Authentication and Encryption
    Chapter 10: Avoiding Sniffing Attacks through Encryption
    Chapter 11: Creating Virtual Private Networks
    Chapter 12: Implementing and Maintaining a Firewall

Product details

  • No. of pages: 432
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2007
  • Published: October 30, 2007
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080558684

About the Author

James Stanger

Dr. James Stanger is a web technologist, security consultant, and open source advocate. He is currently President and Chief Certification Architect at Certification Partners, LLC, where he develops the Certified Internet Web Professional and the CTP+ certification programs. He is active in the open source movement as well as with the Linux Professional Institute. He is a contributing author of the LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition, author of How to Cheat at Securing Linux. He has Stanger has created certifications and courses of instruction for companies and organizations such as CIW, IBM, Symantec, and CompTIA. He currently is President and Chief Certification Architect of Certification Partners, LLC, and Chair of the Linux Professional Institute Advisory Council. He also sits on several boards and councils, including the CompTIA Network+ and Server+ advisory committees, as well as for Kaplan University, American Public University System, Mesa Community College, and Snow College. He is also a social networking and Web 2.0 consultant. A respected speaker, he has been invited to present at various forums in the United Kingdom, China, and North America. Dr. Stanger was an educator and consultant, holding teaching positions at the University of California at Riverside, the University of Redlands, and Crafton Hills College. Dr. Stanger earned a B.A. and a Masters degree from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside. He is a CIW Master Administrator, and also holds the Linux+, Security+, A+, and Convergence Technologies Professional (CTP) certifications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Member of CompTIA’s Linux+ Advisory Committee, Chair of Linux Professional Institute Advisory Council, Phoenix, AZ

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