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CMS Security Handbook: The Comprehensive Guide for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone

ISBN: 978-0-470-91621-6
432 pages
April 2011
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Learn to secure Web sites built on open source CMSs

Web sites built on Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal, or Plone face some unique security threats. If you’re responsible for one of them, this comprehensive security guide, the first of its kind, offers detailed guidance to help you prevent attacks, develop secure CMS-site operations, and restore your site if an attack does occur. You’ll learn a strong, foundational approach to CMS operations and security from an expert in the field.

  • More and more Web sites are being built on open source CMSs, making them a popular target, thus making you vulnerable to new forms of attack
  • This is the first comprehensive guide focused on securing the most common CMS platforms: Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal, and Plone
  • Provides the tools for integrating the Web site into business operations, building a security protocol, and developing a disaster recovery plan
  • Covers hosting, installation security issues, hardening servers against attack, establishing a contingency plan, patching processes, log review, hack recovery, wireless considerations, and infosec policy

CMS Security Handbook is an essential reference for anyone responsible for a Web site built on an open source CMS.

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Chapter 1 Introduction to CMS Security and Operations.

Chapter 2 Choosing the Right Hosting Company.

Chapter 3 Preventing Problems Before They Start.

Chapter 4 Baselining Your Existing Website.

Chapter 5 Hardening the Server Against Attack.

Chapter 6 Establishing a Workable Disaster Recovery Plan.

Chapter 7 Patching Process.

Chapter 8 Log Review.

Chapter 9 Hack Recovery.

Chapter 10 Wireless Networks.

Chapter 11 Information Security Policy and Awareness.

Appendix A Security Tools, Port Vulnerabilities, and Apache Tips.

Appendix B Acronyms and Terminology.


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Tom Canavan is a computer industry professional whose career goes from the mainframe era to the cloud. He is recognized as one of the very few top security experts in the CMS space, and was a keynote speaker and featured presenter at CMS Expo 2010 on CMS security.

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