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Hack Proofing Linux : A Guide to Open Source Security

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Hack Proofing Linux: A Guide to Open Source Security is designed to help you deploy a Linux system on the Internet in a variety of security roles.This book provides practical instructions and pointers concerning the open source security tools that we use every day.

First, we show you how to obtain the software; and then, how to use the Bastille application to “harden” your Linux operating system so that it can function securely as it fulfills a specific role of your choice (e.g., as a Web server, as an E-mail server, and so forth).You will also learn how to use your Linux system as an auditing tool to scan systems for vulnerabilities as well as create an Intrusion Detection System (IDS), which enables your Linux system to log and respond to suspicious activity. From virus protection to encrypting transmissions using Gnu Privacy Guard and FreeSWAN, you will be able to configure your system to secure local data as well as data that will be passed along the network. After reading this book, you will be able to identify open source and “for-fee” tools that can help you further secure your Linux system.

The Linux operating system continues to gain market share, based largely on its reputation as the most secure operating system available. The challenge faced by system administrators is that Linux is secure only if installed and configured properly, constantly and meticulously updated, and carefully integrated with a wide variety of Open Source security tools. Hack Proofing Linux provides the system administrator with coverage of the most popular Linux operating systems and Open Source security tools, along with the techniques necessary to properly configure and maintain Linux systems and to counter malicious attacks.

About the Author
James Stanger (Ph.D., MCSE, MCT) directs the Linux, Security, and Server Administrator certification tracks for ProsoftTraining.com. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1997, he has focused on auditing Internet servers and writing courseware, books, and articles about administering and securing Internet servers.He specializes in troubleshooting firewall, intrusion detection, DNS, e-mail and Web server implementations.

Patrick T. Lane (MCSE, MCP+I, MCT, Network+, i-Net+, CIW) is a Content Architect for ProsoftTraining.com, a leading Internet skills training and curriculum development company. He is the author of more than 20 technical courses and is the director of the CIW Foundations and CIW Internetworking Professional series. While at ProsoftTraining.com, he has helped create the Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) program and the i-Accelerate program for Intel, Novell, and Microsoft professionals.

Edgar Danielyan (CCNA) is currently self-employed. Edgar has a diploma in company law from the British Institute of Legal Executives, and is a certified paralegal from the University of Southern Colorado. He has been working as a network administrator and manager of a top-level domain of Armenia. He has also worked for the United Nations, the Ministry of Defense, a national telco, a bank, and has been a partner in a law firm.

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