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Network Security For Dummies [Paperback]

Chey Cobb
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Oct. 15 2002 For Dummies
CNN is reporting that a vicious new virus is wreaking havoc on the world’s computer networks. Somebody’s hacked one of your favorite Web sites and stolen thousands of credit card numbers. The FBI just released a new report on computer crime that’s got you shaking in your boots. The experts will tell you that keeping your network safe from the cyber-wolves howling after your assets is complicated, expensive, and best left to them. But the truth is, anybody with a working knowledge of networks and computers can do just about everything necessary to defend their network against most security threats.

Network Security For Dummies arms you with quick, easy, low-cost solutions to all your network security concerns. Whether your network consists of one computer with a high-speed Internet connection or hundreds of workstations distributed across dozens of locations, you’ll find what you need to confidently:

  • Identify your network’s security weaknesses
  • Install an intrusion detection system
  • Use simple, economical techniques to secure your data
  • Defend against viruses
  • Keep hackers at bay
  • Plug security holes in individual applications
  • Build a secure network from scratch

Leading national expert Chey Cobb fills you in on the basics of data security, and he explains more complex options you can use to keep your network safe as your grow your business. Among other things, you’ll explore:

  • Developing risk assessments and security plans
  • Choosing controls without breaking the bank
  • Anti-virus software, firewalls, intrusion detection systems and access controls
  • Addressing Unix, Windows and Mac security issues
  • Patching holes in email, databases, Windows Media Player, NetMeeting, AOL Instant Messenger, and other individual applications
  • Securing a wireless network
  • E-Commerce security
  • Incident response and disaster recovery

Whether you run a storefront tax preparing business or you’re the network administrator at a multinational accounting giant, your computer assets are your business.  Let Network Security For Dummies provide you with proven strategies and techniques for keeping your precious assets safe.


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"A great starting point for developing a comprehensive endpoint security strategy."
-Gregor Freund, CEO and Founder of Zone Labs

Protect any size network with these easy, economical solutions

Speedy ways to set up security, defeat hackers, and guard your important assets

Worried about worms, vexed by viruses, or hassled by hackers? Find all the solutions in this do-it-yourself guide to auditing and securing a network. Security expert Chey Cobb walks you step by step through basic ways to protect your data right now, and then explains more complex options you can use to keep your network safe as your business grows.

Praise for Network Security For Dummies

"Corporate assets have long been at risk from generalized attacks, but now face the risk of targeted attacks, particularly through customizable malicious software, Trojan horses, and spyware. This book is a great starting point for developing a comprehensive endpoint security strategy."
- Gregor Freund, CEO and Founder of Zone Labs

About the Author

Chey Cobb, CISSP, has trained CIA and NSA personnel in computer security, held a Top Secret clearance for the U.S. intelligence community, and helped develop government security policies and procedures.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Second Hand April 22 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Second hand was right, it looked as if it had gone through the wringer !!
Originally came from Chicago Library according to the stamps.
My advice when it comes to on-line books, Buy New !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real situations explained Dec 30 2002
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Format:Paperback
This book is a great place to find everything in one place. This is the first book I've ever read that gives you step by step instructions on securing servers. Most of the other books I've read tell you to do it, but they don't tell you how. I especially liked the chapter on wireless networks. My company just installed one and we didn't know that it was open to the public. I've heard that a lot of computer security has to do with basic rules or common sense, but I've never seen it put all in one place and explained so well before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE This Book!! Dec 19 2002
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Format:Paperback
This is absolutely the best book I've ever read about networks and security. It isn't a "dumb" book and it's not too simplistic, either. It's perfect for network people who are supposed to be doing security, but don't know where to start. There's lots of stuff in there I never thought about - like your computers being used to attack other computers. There are a lot of checklists and hints to help out companies who don't have a computer security expert on board. Thank you, Ms Cobb for writing such a neat book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Security Book for the Rest of Us Nov. 30 2002
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Format:Paperback
I bought this Network Security for Dummies after spending two frustrating hours in a large bookstore looking at one security text after another and finding that they were all written for people who already know a lot about networks. I suppose the assumption is that you won't get into network security until you have experience running a network, but the small company where I work only just set up a network and we need security right away. We can't afford to pay someone to run the network or be in charge of security. To my relief, the author of Network Security for Dummies understands this. It is obvious that she is just as knowledgeable about protecting networks as the authors of the other books I looked at (I was pretty amazed at what I found when I searched the web for the NRO, which the cover says is where she used to work). But she has taken the time to explain things to those of us who don't live and breathe computers. And she does so without talking down to you. At work we have already used some of the techniques she suggests and I feel confident we can make our network a lot more secure than it was, without spending a lot of money, but with the added advantage of really understanding what we are doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Intelligent! Nov. 14 2002
Format:Paperback
I really liked this book! All the others I picked up on the subject turned out to be about hacking and/or were deeply technical. This book hits just the right balance of basic explanations (without being condescending) and intro-level technical advice. My wireless network was wide open and I didn't realize it until I read this book. I also know how to secure my computers with security patches - which always seemed like a black magic to me before. This writer really knows her stuff! I hope she does more books!
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