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CMS Security Handbook: The Comprehensive Guide for WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone [Paperback]

Tom Canavan

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April 26 2011
Learn to secure Web sites built on open source CMSs

Web sites built on Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal, or Plone face some unique security threats. If you’re responsible for one of them, this comprehensive security guide, the first of its kind, offers detailed guidance to help you prevent attacks, develop secure CMS-site operations, and restore your site if an attack does occur. You’ll learn a strong, foundational approach to CMS operations and security from an expert in the field.

  • More and more Web sites are being built on open source CMSs, making them a popular target, thus making you vulnerable to new forms of attack
  • This is the first comprehensive guide focused on securing the most common CMS platforms: Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal, and Plone
  • Provides the tools for integrating the Web site into business operations, building a security protocol, and developing a disaster recovery plan
  • Covers hosting, installation security issues, hardening servers against attack, establishing a contingency plan, patching processes, log review, hack recovery, wireless considerations, and infosec policy

CMS Security Handbook is an essential reference for anyone responsible for a Web site built on an open source CMS.


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Protect your business. Protect your customers. Here's how:

Websites built on open source Content Management Systems (CMSs) are uniquely vulnerable. If you are responsible for maintaining one, or if you are the executive or business owner in charge of approving IT budgets, you need to know what's in this book. Here's the lowdown on very real security threats, how attacks are carried out, what security measures you need to take, and how to compile a disaster recovery plan. Don't wait. Your business may depend on the action you take.

  • Learn what to look for in a hosting company

  • Examine your website through the eyes of a hacker

  • Explore the many tools that help you assess system vulnerabilities

  • Discover ways to prevent problems before they start

  • Know what steps you can take to protect your server from attack

  • Create a workable disaster recovery plan

  • Develop an IT security policy that can be implemented and followed

About the Author

Tom Canavan is a computer industry professional whose career goes from the mainframe era to the cloud. He is recognized as one of the very few top security experts in the CMS space, and was a keynote speaker and featured presenter at CMS Expo 2010 on CMS security.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Not very good April 17 2014
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This book isn't aimed at security professionals. It's aimed at end users. I read this because I was thinking of recommending it to my mother. I will not be doing so. The idea was good but the execution is sadly lacking. I found it to be contradictory in its advice. It uses a lot of industry jargon which is confusing to those who are not well-versed in digital security concepts. It over-simplifies other things to the point of being useless, possibly even detrimental.

Unfortunately, this field moves fast enough that by the time a book is published, it is already obsolete. The versions of Joomla, Plone and WordPress he covers in this book are now dangerous to run and much of the advice he offers is now obsolete, as well.

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