Beautiful Security: Leading Security Experts Explain How by John Viega, Andy Oram

By John Viega, Andy Oram

"This selection of considerate essay catapults the reader well past deceptively glossy protection FUD towar the extra sophisticated great thing about protection performed right. appealing protection [/i]demonstrates the yin and yang of defense, and the elemental inventive pressure among the spectaculary damaging and the bright constructive."[/i] -- grey McGraw, CTO of Cigital, writer of software program safety and 9 different books

Although most folks don't supply defense a lot realization till their own or enterprise structures are attacked, this thought-provoking anthology demonstrates that electronic protection isn't just worthy take into consideration, it's additionally a desirable subject. Criminals be triumphant via excersising huge, immense creativity, and thos protecting opposed to them needs to do the same.

Beautiful Security explores this demanding topic with insightful essays and research on subject matters that include:

* The underground economic climate for private details: the way it works, the connection between criminals, and a few of the hot methods they pounce on their prey

* How social networking, cloud computing, and different renowned traits support or harm our on-line security

* How metrics, specifications amassing, layout, and legislation can take safeguard to the next level

* the true, little-publicized histoy of PGP

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The answer was a resounding yes, because the company would view this as an opportunity to realize more revenue rather than just as an operational expense associated with security posturing. I learned from this that I—along with the vast majority of practitioners in my field—suffered from the functional fixation that security was its own entity and could not be viewed as a byproduct of a different goal. As so often proves to be the case, architecting for efficiency and well-defined requirements can result in enhanced security as well.

However, the scanning software had a classic problem in one of its security tests: the program did not check the length of the returned information and blindly copied it into a fixed-size buffer. This resulted in a garden-variety buffer overflow on the program’s stack. Knowing this about the scanner, and knowing the architecture of the system the scanner was running on, I set up malicious servers to exploit this opportunity. When the company I was employed by would receive their annual audit, as a part of evaluation the auditors would run network vulnerability scans from laptops they brought in and connected to the internal network.

The study revealed that 25% of the devices were not using any encryption at all, and another quarter of the rest were using only the old, vulnerable WEP connection protocol. It’s frightening to still find such sloppy security years after the well-publicized TJX case. One quarter of the stores tested had less security than TJX, while a quarter of the remaining stores mustered only an easily bypassed security matching that of TJX. Organizations that decide to take advantage of the convenience of wireless need to make sure they not only understand all the risks involved, but also diligently maintain the security necessary to support these devices.

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