Network and System Security

Network and System Security

2nd Edition - August 26, 2013

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  • Editor: John Vacca
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124166899
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124166950

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Network and System Security provides focused coverage of network and system security technologies. It explores practical solutions to a wide range of network and systems security issues. Chapters are authored by leading experts in the field and address the immediate and long-term challenges in the authors’ respective areas of expertise. Coverage includes building a secure organization, cryptography, system intrusion, UNIX and Linux security, Internet security, intranet security, LAN security; wireless network security, cellular network security, RFID security, and more.

Key Features

  • Chapters contributed by leaders in the field covering foundational and practical aspects of system and network security, providing a new level of technical expertise not found elsewhere
  • Comprehensive and updated coverage of the subject area allows the reader to put current technologies to work
  • Presents methods of analysis and problem solving techniques, enhancing the reader’s grasp of the material and ability to implement practical solutions


Network and security IT practitioners, as well as other security technologists working with or interested in network and systems security. Job titles include network administrator, System administrator, system analyst, etc.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication


    About the Editor



    Organization of this Book

    Chapter 1. Detecting System Intrusions

    1 Introduction

    2 Monitoring Key Files in the System

    3 Security Objectives

    4 0day Attacks

    5 Good Known State

    6 Rootkits

    7 Low Hanging Fruit

    8 Antivirus Software

    9 Homegrown Intrusion Detection

    10 Full-Packet Capture Devices

    11 Out-of-Band Attack Vectors

    12 Security Awareness Training

    13 Data Correlation

    14 SIEM

    15 Other Weird Stuff on the System

    16 Detection

    17 Network-Based Detection of System Intrusions (DSIs)

    18 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises



    Chapter 2. Preventing System Intrusions

    1 So, What is an Intrusion?

    2 Sobering Numbers

    3 Know Your Enemy: Hackers versus Crackers

    4 Motives

    5 The Crackers’ Tools of the Trade

    6 Bots

    7 Symptoms of Intrusions

    8 What Can You Do?

    9 Security Policies

    10 Risk Analysis

    11 Tools of Your Trade

    12 Controlling User Access

    13 Intrusion Prevention Capabilities

    14 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises


    Chapter 3. Guarding Against Network Intrusions

    1 Traditional Reconnaissance and Attacks

    2 Malicious Software

    3 Defense in Depth

    4 Preventive Measures

    5 Intrusion Monitoring and Detection

    6 Reactive Measures

    7 Network-Based Intrusion Protection

    8 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises


    Chapter 4. Securing Cloud Computing Systems

    1 Cloud Computing Essentials: Examining the Cloud Layers

    2 Software as a Service (SaaS): Managing Risks in the Cloud

    3 Platform as a Service (PaaS): Securing the Platform

    4 Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

    5 Leveraging Provider-Specific Security Options

    6 Achieving Security in a Private Cloud

    7 Meeting Compliance Requirements

    8 Preparing for Disaster Recovery

    9 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises



    Chapter 5. Unix and Linux Security

    1 Unix and Security

    2 Basic Unix Security Overview

    3 Achieving Unix Security

    4 Protecting User Accounts and Strengthening Authentication

    5 Limiting Superuser Privileges

    6 Securing Local and Network File Systems

    7 Network Configuration

    8 Improving the Security of Linux and Unix Systems

    9 Additional Resources

    10 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises


    Chapter 6. Eliminating the Security Weakness of Linux and Unix Operating Systems

    1 Introduction to Linux and Unix

    2 Hardening Linux and Unix

    3 Proactive Defense for Linux and Unix

    4 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises


    Chapter 7. Internet Security

    1 Internet Protocol Architecture

    2 An Internet Threat Model

    3 Defending against Attacks on the internet

    4 Internet Security Checklist

    5 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises


    Chapter 8. Intranet Security

    1 Smartphones and Tablets in the Intranet

    2 Security Considerations

    3 Plugging the Gaps: NAC and Access Control

    4 Measuring Risk: Audits

    5 Guardian at the Gate: Authentication and Encryption

    6 Wireless Network Security

    7 Shielding the Wire: Network Protection

    8 Weakest Link in Security: User Training

    9 Documenting the Network: Change Management

    10 Rehearse the Inevitable: Disaster Recovery

    11 Controlling Hazards: Physical and Environmental Protection

    12 Know Your Users: Personnel Security

    13 Protecting Data Flow: Information and System Integrity

    14 Security Assessments

    15 Risk Assessments

    16 Intranet Security Implementation Process Checklist

    17 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises


    Chapter 9. Local Area Network Security

    1 Identify Network Threats

    2 Establish Network Access Controls

    3 Risk Assessment

    4 Listing Network Resources

    5 Threats

    6 Security Policies

    7 The Incident-Handling Process

    8 Secure Design Through Network Access Controls

    9 IDS Defined

    10 NIDS: Scope and Limitations

    11 A Practical Illustration of NIDS

    12 Firewalls

    13 Dynamic NAT Configuration

    14 The Perimeter

    15 Access List Details

    16 Types of Firewalls

    17 Packet Filtering: IP Filtering Routers

    18 Application-Layer Firewalls: Proxy Servers

    19 Stateful Inspection Firewalls

    20 NIDS Complements Firewalls

    21 Monitor and Analyze System Activities

    22 Signature Analysis

    23 Statistical Analysis

    24 Signature Algorithms

    25 Local Area Network Security Countermeasures Implementation Checklist

    26 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises


    Chapter 10. Wireless Network Security

    1 Cellular Networks

    2 Wireless Ad Hoc Networks

    3 Security Protocols

    4 WEP

    5 Secure Routing

    6 ARAN

    7 SLSP

    8 Key Establishment

    9 ING

    10 Management Countermeasures

    11 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises



    Chapter 11. Cellular Network Security

    1 Introduction

    2 Overview of Cellular Networks

    3 The State of the Art of Cellular Network Security

    4 Cellular Network Attack Taxonomy

    5 Cellular Network Vulnerability Analysis

    6 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises



    Chapter 12. RFID Security

    1 RFID Introduction

    2 RFID Challenges

    3 RFID Protections

    4 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises



    Chapter 13. Optical Wireless Security

    1 Optical Wireless Systems Overview

    2 Deployment Architectures

    3 High Bandwidth

    4 Low Cost

    5 Implementation

    6 Surface Area

    7 Summary

    Chapter Review Questions/Exercises



Product details

  • No. of pages: 432
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2013
  • Published: August 26, 2013
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124166899
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124166950

About the Editor

John Vacca

John Vacca
John Vacca is an independent information technology consultant and researcher, professional writer, editor, reviewer, and author based in Pomeroy, Ohio, USA. Since 1982, John has authored, edited, and published more than 85 books, including Smart Cities Policies and Financing: Approaches and Solutions, Elsevier; Cloud Computing Security: Foundations and Challenges, Taylor and Francis/CRC Press; Solving Urban Infrastructure Problems Using Smart City Technologies: Handbook on Planning, Design, Development, and Regulation, Elsevier; Online Terrorist Propaganda, Recruitment, and Radicalization, Taylor and Francis/CRC Press; Nanoscale Networking and Communications Handbook, Taylor and Francis/CRC Press; Handbook of Sensor Networking: Advanced Technologies and Applications, Taylor and Francis/CRC Press; Network and System Security 2/e, Elsevier/Syngress; Cyber Security and IT Infrastructure Protection, Elsevier/Syngress; and Managing Information Security 2/e, Elsevier/Syngress; among many others. John was a Configuration Management Specialist, Computer Specialist, and the Computer Security Official (CSO) for NASA’s space station program (Freedom) and the International Space Station Program from 1988 until his retirement from NASA in 1995. John has also been a security consultant for major motion pictures, including AntiTrust, Collateral, and Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story. He received his M.Sc. from Kansas State University and an MBA from Emporia State University and served in the United States Air Force from 1967-1971.

Affiliations and Expertise

Information Technology Consultant and Researcher, Pomeroy, OH, USA.

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