"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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