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Network Security Foundations: Technology Fundamentals for IT Success

ISBN: 978-0-7821-5136-7
315 pages
February 2006
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The world of IT is always evolving, but in every area there are stable, core concepts that anyone just setting out needed to know last year, needs to know this year, and will still need to know next year. The purpose of the Foundations series is to identify these concepts and present them in a way that gives you the strongest possible starting point, no matter what your endeavor.

Network Security Foundations provides essential knowledge about the principles and techniques used to protect computers and networks from hackers, viruses, and other threats. What you learn here will benefit you in the short term, as you acquire and practice your skills, and in the long term, as you use them. Topics covered include:

  • Why and how hackers do what they do
  • How encryption and authentication work
  • How firewalls work
  • Understanding Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
  • Risks posed by remote access
  • Setting up protection against viruses, worms, and spyware
  • Securing Windows computers
  • Securing UNIX and Linux computers
  • Securing Web and email servers
  • Detecting attempts by hackers
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Security Principles.

Chapter 2: Understanding Hacking.

Chapter 3: Encryption and Authentication.

Chapter 4: Managing Security.

Chapter 5: Border Security.

Chapter 6: Virtual Private Networks.

Chapter 7: Securing Remote and Home Users.

Chapter 8: Malware and Virus Protection.

Chapter 9: Creating Fault Tolerance.

Chapter 10: Windows Security.

Chapter 11: Securing Unix Servers.

Chapter 12: Unix Network Security.

Chapter 13: Web Server Security.

Chapter 14: E-mail Security.

Chapter 15: Intrusion Detection.

Appendix A Answers to Review Questions.



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Author Information

Matthew Strebe is the best-selling author of numerous books, including Firewalls: 24seven from Sybex. He is the Chief Technology Officer of Connetic, an IT outsourcing firm headquartered in San Diego, and wastes his scant spare time writing www.slashnot.com. Matt's long history of networking includes installing the US Navy's first fiber-optic local area network on a ship.
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