Saturday, September 29, 2007

Three Prereviews

I am fairly excited by several new books which arrived at my door last week. The first is Security Data Visualization by Greg Conti. I was pleased to see a book on visualization, but also a book in visualization in color! I expect to learn quite a bit from this book and hope to apply some of the lessons to my own work. The next book is End-to-End Network Security: Defense-in-Depth by Omar Santos. This book seems like a Cisco-centric approach to defending a network, but I decided to take a look when I noticed sections on forensics, visibility, and telemetry. The author includes several diagrams which show how to get information from a variety of devices in a manner similar to NSM. I hope to be able to operationalize this information as well. The last new book is LAN Switch Security: What Hackers Know About Your Switches by Eric Vyncke and Christopher Paggen. This book looks really interesting. It is probably going to be my favorite of these three. I don't spend much time in my classes talking about layer 2 defenses, so it is cool to see a modern book just about that topic. I believe most enterprises do little with layer 2 security, so perhaps this book can improve that situation.

3 comments:

Adam said...

I'm really looking forward to your review of Security Data Visualization, although I might not be able to wait for it. It definitely has the potential to be a great book so I might take my chances.

I also have my eye on Linux Firewalls: Attack Detection and Response with iptables, psad, and fwsnort, which is on Amazon now, but costs $50 which is at my limit. Hopefully by the time you or others write reviews for that one the price will be more reasonable.

Michael Rash said...

Hi Adam -

I wanted to mention that you can purchase the Linux Firewalls book for $35.00 if you go through my site. Just browse to this link, and then click the first link (the book title, which will take you to the No Starch discount page).

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