Halting the Hacker: A Practical Guide to Computer Security (2nd Edition)

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Halting the Hacker: A Practical Guide to Computer Security, Second Edition combines unique insight into the mind of the hacker with practical, step-by-step countermeasures for protecting any HP-UX, Linux, or UNIX system. Fully updated for today's key threats, tools, and solutions, this book shows you how hackers work and the best ways to respond: not just what to do, but why. Through dozens of real-world examples, you'll master the skills and mindset to protect yourself against today's attacks -- and tomorrow's.

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  • Get into the hacker's mind—and outsmart him!
  • Fully updated for the latest threats, tools, and countermeasures
  • Systematically covers proactive, reactive, and preemptive security measures
  • Detailed, step-by-step techniques for protecting HP-UX, Linux, and UNIX systems
"Takes on even more meaning now than the original edition!"

—Denny Georg, CTO, Information Technology, Hewlett-Packard

Secure your systems against today's attacks—and tomorrow's.

Halting the Hacker: A Practical Guide to Computer Security, Second Edition combines unique insight into the mind of the hacker with practical, step-by-step countermeasures for protecting any HP-UX, Linux, or UNIX system.

Top Hewlett-Packard security architect Donald L. Pipkin has updated this global bestseller for today's most critical threats, tools, and responses. Pipkin organizes this book around the processes hackers use to gain access, privileges, and control—showing you exactly how they work and the best ways to respond. Best of all, Pipkin doesn't just tell you what to do, but why. Using dozens of new examples, he gives you the skills and mindset to protect yourself against any current exploit—and attacks that haven't even been imagined yet.

  • How hackers select targets, identify systems, gather information, gain access, acquire privileges, and avoid detection
  • How multiple subsystems can be used in harmony to attack your computers and networks
  • Specific steps you can take immediately to improve the security of any HP-UX, Linux, or UNIX system
  • How to build a secure UNIX system from scratch—with specifics for HP-UX and Red Hat Linux
  • Systematic proactive, reactive, and preemptive security measures
  • Security testing, ongoing monitoring, incident response, and recovery—in depth
  • Legal recourse: What laws are being broken, what you need to prosecute, and how to overcome the obstacles to successful prosecution
About the CD-ROM

The accompanying CD-ROM contains an extensive library of HP-UX and Linux software tools for detecting and eliminating security problems and a comprehensive information archive on security-related topics.

About the Author:

DONALD L. PIPKIN, CISSP, is an Information Security Architect for the Internet Security Division of Hewlett-Packard who consults with many of HP's largest customers. An internationally renowned security expert with over 15 years of experience, Pipkin is a frequent speaker and presenter on security issues in regional, national, and international conferences. His areas of expertise include policy, procedures, and intrusion response. He is author of Information Security: Protecting the Global Enterprise.

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