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Security Portal: Using Security White Papers Effectively

Mar 20, 2001, 08:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ronald Mendell)

"Documenting what we know remains a challenge in the computer security profession. Various resources exist: the Internet, web pages on intranets, articles, email, and technical white papers. White papers are probably the most formal method, and they have the advantage of wide dissemination. These documents usually speak to a specific issue in depth. The range varies though with respect to the quality of coverage...."

"When facing a new challenge - perhaps you are new to Unix and Unix security issues - reading "Unix Password Security" saves a great deal of time. Cutting straight to the main issues eliminates much tedious introductory material found in textbooks. Or, if you are installing say a bastion host for the first time, a paper may provide step-by-step instructions."

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