The Perfect Reference for the Multitasked SysAdmin
This is the perfect guide if network security tools is not your specialty. It is the perfect introduction to managing an infrastructure with freely available, and powerful, Open Source tools. Learn how to test and audit your systems using products like Snort and Wireshark and some of the add-ons available for both. In addition, learn handy techniques for network troubleshooting and protecting the perimeter.
* Take Inventory
See how taking an inventory of the devices on your network must be repeated regularly to ensure that the inventory remains accurate.
* Use Nmap
Learn how Nmap has more features and options than any other free scanner.
* Implement Firewalls
Use netfilter to perform firewall logic and see how SmoothWall can turn a PC into a dedicated firewall appliance that is completely configurable.
* Perform Basic Hardening
Put an IT security policy in place so that you have a concrete set of standards against which to measure.
* Install and Configure Snort and Wireshark
Explore the feature set of these powerful tools, as well as their pitfalls and other security considerations.
* Explore Snort Add-Ons
Use tools like Oinkmaster to automatically keep Snort signature files current.
* Troubleshoot Network Problems
See how to reporting on bandwidth usage and other metrics and to use data collection methods like sniffing, NetFlow, and SNMP.
* Learn Defensive Monitoring Considerations
See how to define your wireless network boundaries, and monitor to know if they're being exceeded and watch for unauthorized traffic on your network.
Michael Gregg is the President of Superior Solutions, Inc. and has more than 20 years' experience in the IT field.
He holds two associate's degrees, a bachelor's degree, and a master's degree and is certified as CISSP, MCSE, MCT, CTT+, A+, N+, Security+, CNA, CCNA, CIW Security Analyst, CCE, CEH, CHFI, CEI, DCNP, ES Dragon IDS, ES Advanced Dragon IDS, and TICSA. Michael's primary duty is to serve as project lead for security assessments, helping businesses and state agencies secure their IT resources and assets. Michael has authored four books, including Inside Network Security Assessment, CISSP Prep Questions, CISSP Exam Cram2, and Certified Ethical Hacker Exam Prep2. He has developed four high-level security classes, including Global Knowledge's Advanced Security Boot Camp, Intense School's Professional Hacking Lab Guide, ASPE's Network Security Essentials, and Assessing Network Vulnerabilities. He has written over 50 articles featured in magazines and Web sites, including Certification Magazine, GoCertify, The El Paso Times, and SearchSecurity. Michael is also a faculty member of Villanova University and creator of Villanova's college-level security classes, including Essentials of IS Security, Mastering IS Security, and Advanced Security Management. He also serves as a site expert for four TechTarget sites, including SearchNetworking, SearchSecurity, SearchMobileNetworking, and SearchSmallBiz. He is a member of the TechTarget Editorial Board.