Book Review: Network Security Hacks: Tips & Tools for Protecting Your Privacy
Having time on my hands while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner (the turkey is slowly smoking on the barbecue as I write this), I pulled 'Network Security Hacks' from the stack and went to work.
The first thing I noticed was Contributors section in the book's front matter. While Andrew Lockhart's name is on the cover as the author, a rather lengthy list of names, all having very impressive credentials appears here. I've said before (in the Acknowledgments section of one of my works) that no one writes a book alone. This seems especially true in Lockhart's case and his mining of so many highly technical 'ores' can only enhance the quality and accuracy of this text.
I had a blast in the first chapter 'Unix Host Security'. I fired up one of my Linux machines, opened a terminal session and started 'hacking' away. I suppose you have to be somewhat 'geeky' to do this sort of thing on Thanksgiving day when most other people are watching football games, but that's the audience this book is written for.
I was pleased that the second chapter covered Windows Hosts Security. Yes, I know I'm writing this review for a Linux-centric site, but the reality is that any security newbie or guru is likely working in a heterogeneous environment which includes Unix, Linux, and Windows hosts.