Help from a Beginner

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by privateson, May 1, 2007.

  1. privateson

    privateson Guest


    I am a computer science student.
    I am trying to learn network security.
    I am a totally beginner.
    So, where and how should I begin my study?
    What kind of book or topics should I study first?

    Thanks for your suggestions.
    privateson, May 1, 2007
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  2. When I was teaching, I had my students use a book called "Hacking
    Exposed" by McClure, Scambray, and Kurtz. It is a good overview of
    the way a hacker approaches a network compromise attempt. It also
    talks about some ways that attacks are initiated on different levels
    of the OSI model. I would also suggest one of the CCNA prep books to
    get a good handle on the parts of a packet and the handshake process
    (i.e. ACK, SYN, FIN, etc.). Once you have a solid grasp of the packet
    initiation process, take a look at one of the security "cookbooks"
    such as the "Linux Security Cookbook" (O'Reilly's) or packet filtering
    methods such as IPTables (Linux) or ISA Server (Microsoft).

    Hope this helps!

    Brian Crittenden, MS
    TheSailingNut, May 2, 2007
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