Amazon.com just posted my four star review of Security Monitoring by Chris Fry and Martin Nystrom. From the review:
I must start this review by noting that the authors of Security Monitoring (SM) cite my blog and books several times, which is appreciated. I must also mention that their boss Gavin Reid, who posted a review below, has offered to sponsor my company's application to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST). O'Reilly kindly provided a review copy of SM.
I think SM should be positioned as an Introduction to Basic Security Monitoring. At just over 200 pages, it's not written to be much more than that. I'm not sure I will change the mind of the reviewer who considers my first book to be "introductory," but it might help to remember that my first book is just shy of 800 pages and covers every aspect of Network Security Monitoring.
SM is technically correct, but its approach to incident detection will fall far short of what is needed in the real world. SM concentrates on a paradigm it calls "policy-based monitoring," (abbreviated PBM here) with this goal: "to compare events discovered on the network to ensure that they are approved and acceptable... PBM is practical where acceptable conditions can be documented as policies... [Y]ou must codify acceptable behavior as policies, providing a reference point against which to survey" (pp 16-17) This sounds great, but it has several real flaws...
Please read the rest of the review for the whole story.
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