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HackNotes(tm) Network Security Portable Reference 1st Edition

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"Surprisingly complete. I have found this book to be quite useful and a great time-saver. There is nothing more irritating than thrashing in a search engine trying to remember some obscure tool or an obscure tool's obscure feature. A great reference for the working security consultant."
- Simple Nomad - Renowned Security Researcher and Author of The Hack FAQ

"While a little knowledge can be dangerous, no knowledge can be deadly. HackNotes: Network Security Portable Reference covers an immense amount of information readily available that is required for network and system administrators, who need the information quickly and concisely. This book is a must-have reference manual for any administrator."
- Ira Winkler - Chief Security Strategist at HP, security keynote speaker and panelist

"HackNotes puts readers in the attacker's shoes, perhaps a little too close. Security pros will find this reference a quick and easily digestible explanation of common vulnerabilities and how hackers exploit them. The step-by-step guides are almost too good and could be dangerous in the wrong hands. But for those wearing white hats, HackNotes is a great starting point for understanding how attackers enumerate, attack and escalate their digital intrusions."
- Lawrence M. Walsh - Managing Editor, Information Security Magazine

"A comprehensive security cheat sheet for those short on time. This book is ideal for the consultant on a customer site in need of a robust reference manual in a concise and easy to parse format."
- Mike Schiffman - CISSP, Researcher, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Group, Cisco Systems, creator of the Firewalk tool and author of Hacker's Challenge 1 & 2

"Heavy firepower for light infantry; Hack Notes delivers critical network security data where you need it most, in the field."
- Erik Pace Birkholz - Principal Consultant, Foundstone, and Author of Special Ops: Host and Network Security for Microsoft, UNIX, and Oracle.

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Product Details

  • Series: Hacknotes
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (July 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072227834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072227833
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,583,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now, let me disclaim that I am not a big fan of thin books claiming to be "comprehensive". In fact, I was deeply suspicious while getting this "Hacknotes" thing. Was I up for a pleasant surprise!! This book does deliver what it promises. It walks a fine line of being both wide and deep, which I am still amazed about. From risk assessment methodologies to "find / -perm 0400" in just 200 pages is no small feat.
I liked that the book and the entire series have a clearly stated goal, and readers can judge for themselves how well it delivered and there is no confusion as to "what should be there". The book is incredibly useful within those stated goals. Obviously, the book is not optimal for actually learning those methods and technologies, but it is an awesome reference in case you forget a thing or two or want to get an overview of a subject within network security. Unfortunately, the book will also benefit "script kiddies" by helping them to "hack without knowing how".
This includes high-level security principles, risk assessment (covering assets, threats and risks), hacking methodology (same as in "hacking Exposed") with details on all the attack stages (Discover, Scan, Enum, Exploit - split along the platform lines, Escalate, etc), wireless security, incident response (identification and recovery), pen testing and hardening. Amazing, but that is not all. It also covers web application security, social engineering, software flaws overview, war dialing and PBX hacking. Of course, all of the above is covered briefly, but thoroughly. Tools are mentioned where needed, and there is no excessive "tool obsession".
Yet another great component is several checklists.
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A comprehensive security cheat sheet for those short on time. This book is ideal for the consultant on a customer site in need of a robust reference manual in a concise and easy to parse format...
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While a little knowledge can be dangerous, no knowledge can be deadly. HackNotes Network Security Portable Reference covers an immense amount of readily available information that is required for network and system administrators, who need the information quickly and concisely. This book is a must-have reference manual for any administrator.
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