Computer and Information Security Handbook, 2nd Edition

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Author: John R. Vacca
Pub Date: 2013
ISBN: 978-0123943972
Pages: 1200
Language: English
Format: PDF
Size: 64 Mb

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The Computer and Information Security Handbook, 2nd Edition provides the most complete view of computer security and privacy available. It offers in-depth coverage of security theory, technology, and practice as they relate to established technologies as well as recent advances. It explores practical solutions to many security issues. Individual chapters are authored by leading experts in the field and address the immediate and long-term challenges in the authors’ respective areas of expertise.
The book is organized into 10 parts comprised of 70 contributed chapters by leading experts in the areas of networking and systems security, information management, cyber warfare and security, encryption technology, privacy, data storage, physical security, and a host of advanced security topics. New to this edition are chapters on intrusion detection, securing the cloud, securing web apps, ethical hacking, cyber forensics, physical security, disaster recovery, cyber attack deterrence, and more.

  • Chapters by leaders in the field on theory and practice of computer and information security technology, allowing the reader to develop a new level of technical expertise
  • Comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of security issues allows the reader to remain current and fully informed from multiple viewpoints
  • Presents methods of analysis and problem-solving techniques, enhancing the reader’s grasp of the material and ability to implement practical solutions
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Intranet Security

The onus of preventing such embarrassing security gaffes falls squarely on the shoulders of the IT security chiefs (Chief Information Security Officer and security officers), who are sometimes hobbled by unclear mandates from government regulators and lack of sufficient budgeting to tackle the mandates. However, federal governments across the world are not taking breaches of personal data lightly (see sidebar, TJX: Data Breach with 45 Million Data Records Stolen). In view of a massive plague of publicized data thefts in the past decade, recent mandates such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley, and the Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) Act within the United States now have teeth. These laws even spell out stiff fines and personal jail sentences for CEOs who neglect data breach issues.

As seen in the TJX case, intranet data breaches can be a serious issue, impacting a company’s goodwill in the open marketplace as well as spawning class-action lawsuits. Gone are the days when intranet security was a superficial exercise; security inside the firewall was all TJX: Data Breach with 45 Million Data Records Stolen The largest-scale data breach in history occurred in early 2007 at TJX, the parent company for the TJ Maxx…

SMARTPHONES AND TABLETS IN THE INTRANET

The proliferation of mobile devices for personal and business usage has gained an unprecedented momentum, which only reminds one of the proliferation of personal
computers at the start of the 1980s. Back then the rapid proliferation of PCs was rooted in the wide availability of common PC software and productivity packages such as
Excel or Borland. Helping with kids’ homework and spreadsheets at home was part of the wide appeal. A large part of the PC revolution was also rooted in the change in interactivity patterns. Interaction using GUIs and mice had made PCs widely popular compared to the DOS character screen. The consumer PC revolution did not really take off until Windows PCs and Mac Classics brought along mice starting in the early 1990s. It was a quantum leap for ordinary people unfamiliar with DOS commands.

Today, which some now call the post-PC era,14 the interaction between people and computers has again evolved. The finger (touch) has again replaced keyboards and mice as an input device in smartphones and tablets — which invariably use a mobile-oriented OS like Android or iOS as opposed to MAC OS, Linux, or Windows. Android and iOS were built from the ground up with the “touch interface” in mind.

Firewalls

NETWORK FIREWALLS

Network firewalls (see checklist: “An Agenda For Action For Network Firewalls”) are a vital component for maintaining a secure environment and are often the first line
of defense against attack. Simply stated, a firewall is responsible for controlling access among devices, such as computers, networks, and servers. Therefore the most
common deployment is between a secure and an insecure network.

However, in response to the richer services provided over modern networks (such as multimedia and encrypted connections), the role of the firewall has grown over time. Advanced firewalls may also perform Network Address Translation (NAT), which allows multiple computers to share a limited number of network addresses (explained later in this chapter). Firewalls may provide service differentiation, giving certain traffic priority to ensure that data is received in a timely fashion. Voice over IP (VoIP) is one type of application that needs differentiation to ensure proper operation. This idea is discussed several times in this chapter, since the use of multimedia services will only continue to increase. Assuming that email and VoIP packets arrive at the firewall at the same time, VoIP packets should be processed first because the application is more susceptible to delays.

Firewalls may also inspect the contents (the data) of packets. This can be done to filter other packets (learn new connections), block packets that contain offensive information, and/or block intrusion attempts. Using the mail analogy again, in this case you open letters and determine what to accept based on what is inside. For example, you unfortunately have to accept bills, but you can deny credit-card solicitations.