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Slashdot: Review: Network Intrusion Detection: An Analysis Handbook [Book Review]

Sep 28, 1999, 15:55 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by D. Henning)

"Recently published, this book is designed for those of you trying to keep people outside of your machines..."

"To me the field of computer network security seems like a blossoming flower. Yes, people have been hacking, cracking, and fixing systems since the dawn of computing. However, I firmly believe once the we have recovered from the Y2K hangover, security will be the big buzz. You can already see it happening in the media with the attention certain incidents have had."

"So where does Northcutt's book fit in? If you are an admin charged with securing the way your company interacts with other companies, the internet, your internal employees, e-mail, etc. this book can be an excellent resource. Keep in mind that Intrusion Detection is not a starting point. It is an integrated part to the overall picture. Having cool intrusion detection at your site does little good if you don't even have a decent firewall, acceptable use policies, e-mail filters, safe CGI's on your web, and current patch levels to your systems. Yes, you will be able to know where you were cracked from but you will have still been cracked. Likewise, if you don't understand networking and protocols to an advanced admin level this book may be a bit intimidating."

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