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.
Covers the top 10 most popular open source security tools including Snort, Nessus, Wireshark, Nmap, and Kismet
Follows Syngress' proven "How to Cheat" pedagogy providing readers with everything they need and nothing they don't
How to Cheat at Configuring Open Source Security Tools
Angela Orebaugh is an information security technologist, scientist, and author with a broad spectrum of expertise in information assurance. She synergizes her 15 years of hands-on experiences within industry, academia, and government to advise clients on information assurance strategy, management, and technologies.
Ms. Orebaugh is involved in several security initiatives with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), including technical Special Publications (800 series), the National Vulnerability Database (NVD), Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) project, and secure eVoting.
Ms. Orebaugh is an Adjunct Professor for George Mason University where she performs research and teaching in intrusion detection and forensics. She developed and teaches the Intrusion Detection curriculum, a core requirement for the Forensics program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her current research interests include peer-reviewed publications in the areas of intrusion detection and prevention, data mining, attacker profiling, user behavior analysis, and network forensics.
Ms. Orebaugh is the author of the Syngress best seller's Nmap in the Enterprise, Wireshark and Ethereal Network Protocol Analyzer Toolkit, and Ethereal Packet Sniffing. She has also co-authored the Snort Cookbook, Intrusion Prevention and Active Response, and How to Cheat at Configuring Open Source Security Tools. Angela is a frequent speaker at a variety of security conferences and technology events, including the SANS Institute and The Institute for Applied Network Security.
Ms. Orebaugh holds a Masters degree in Computer Science and a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University. She is currently completing her dissertation for her Ph.D. at George Mason University, with a concentration in Information Security.