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By John Viega, Andy Oram

"This choice of considerate essay catapults the reader well past deceptively glossy defense FUD towar the extra sophisticated great thing about defense performed right. attractive defense [/i]demonstrates the yin and yang of protection, and the basic inventive pressure among the spectaculary damaging and the bright constructive."[/i] -- grey McGraw, CTO of Cigital, writer of software program protection and 9 different books

Although most folks don't supply safeguard a lot recognition until eventually their own or company platforms are attacked, this thought-provoking anthology demonstrates that electronic defense is not just worthy take into consideration, it's additionally a desirable subject. Criminals be successful by way of excersising huge, immense creativity, and thos protecting opposed to them needs to do the same.

Beautiful Security explores this not easy topic with insightful essays and research on issues that include:

* The underground economic system for private info: the way it works, the connection between criminals, and a few of the hot methods they pounce on their prey

* How social networking, cloud computing, and different renowned traits support or harm our on-line security

* How metrics, standards accumulating, layout, and legislation can take safeguard to the next level

* the genuine, little-publicized histoy of PGP

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So why doesn’t every administrator do this? The main reason is that whatever passphrase you choose for your access point needs to be typed into the wireless client on every computer that will be connecting. The support costs for a really crazy passphrase become a nightmare, as people mistype characters or forget the passphrase altogether. So instead, administrators go to the opposite extreme and make the passphrase as easy as possible. Although there is no perfect solution, my suggestion is to find a happy medium.

In addition, wireless access points can allow for major security breaches when not properly secured, as TJX discovered the hard way. If you are going to use newer technologies, you must be aware of all potential ramifications. WIRELESS NETWORKING: FERTILE GROUND FOR SOCIAL ENGINEERING 31 CHAPTER THREE Beautiful Security Metrics Elizabeth A. Nichols When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the state of science.

Odds are, if you have even casually caught the mainstream news over the past two years, the first thing you think of is the department store credit card numbers that were stolen from this company. 7 million credit card numbers—and there is speculation that the number is probably closer to 200 million. (The TJX breach is covered in detail in Chapter 3, Beautiful Security Metrics, by Elizabeth A. ) While TJX continues to lick its wounds 30 CHAPTER TWO from the fallout and experts are predicting that the total cleanup costs will tip the scales at a billion dollars, it turns out that many more organizations are operating day to day with the exact same security flaws: unprotected wireless access points.

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