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Hands-On Information Security Lab Manual, 4th Edition

  • Michael E. Whitman
  • Herbert J. Mattord
  • Andrew Green, M.S.I.S.
  • ISBN-10: 1285167570
  • ISBN-13: 9781285167572
  • 592 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2006
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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Overview

About the Product

HANDS-ON INFORMATION SECURITY LAB MANUAL, Fourth Edition, helps users hone essential information security skills by applying their knowledge to detailed, realistic exercises using Microsoft® Windows® 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, and Linux. This wide-ranging, non-certification-based lab manual includes coverage of scanning, OS vulnerability analysis and resolution, firewalls, security maintenance, forensics, and more. The Fourth Edition includes new introductory labs focused on virtualization techniques and images, giving users valuable experience with some of the most important trends and practices in information security and networking today. An ideal resource for introductory, technical, and managerial courses, this versatile manual is a perfect supplement to the PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY, SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS, and MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SECURITY texts.

Features

  • This proven, practical manual helps users hone key information security skills through hands-on exercises based on realistic challenges involving Microsoft® Windows® 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, and Linux.

  • This wide-ranging, non-certification-based lab manual includes coverage of scanning, OS vulnerability analysis and resolution, firewalls, security maintenance, forensics, and other topics important for modern information security and networking professionals.

  • Setting up and conducting lab sessions doesn't have to involve expensive software purchases and time-consuming preparation—detailed lab descriptions and free software included with the text make course planning and preparation easy.

  • The opening chapter provides a useful overview of technical functions typically performed by information security professionals, linking this valuable background information to laboratory exercises in the text through detailed workflows.

  • A chapter on theory provides an overview of each laboratory exercise to help users understand how the exercise works and consider its relation to key principles of information security.

  • Dedicated chapters focus on Windows (including Windows XP, Vista, and Microsoft Server 2003) and Linux (Novell® SUSE® 9.0, SUSE 9.0 Server, and SUSE 12), allowing users to target their efforts where they have a specific professional interest or need additional reinforcement.

  • Online resources include updates to Windows 8.

About the Author

Michael E. Whitman

Michael Whitman, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP, is the executive director of the Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development and a professor of information security at Kennesaw State University. In 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2015, under his direction the Center for Information Security Education spearheaded K.S.U.’s successful bid for the prestigious National Center of Academic Excellence recognitions (CAE/IAE and CAE IA/CDE), awarded jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. Dr. Whitman is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cybersecurity Education and Research and Practice, and he is director of the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Dr. Whitman is an active researcher and author in information security policy, threats, curriculum development and ethical computing. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in information security. Dr. Whitman has several information security textbooks currently in print, including PRINCIPLES OF INCIDENT RESPONSE AND DISASTER RECOVERY; PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY; MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SECURITY; READINGS AND CASES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SECURITY, VOLUMES I AND II; THE HANDS-ON INFORMATION SECURITY LAB MANUAL; THE GUIDE TO NETWORK SECURITY and THE GUIDE TO FIREWALLS AND NETWORK SECURITY. He has published articles in Information Systems Research, the Communications of the ACM, the Journal of International Business Studies, Information and Management and the Journal of Computer Information Systems. Dr. Whitman is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Information Systems Security Association, ISACA and the Association for Information Systems. Previously, Dr. Whitman served the U.S. Army as an armored cavalry officer with additional duties as the automated data processing system security officer (ADPSSO).

Herbert J. Mattord

Herbert Mattord, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP, completed 24 years of IT industry experience as an application developer, database administrator, project manager and information security practitioner before joining the faculty at Kennesaw State University, where he is a professor of information security and assurance. Dr. Mattord currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in information security and assurance as well as information systems. He is also a senior editor of the Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice. He and Dr. Michael Whitman have authored PRINCIPLES OF INCIDENT RESPONSE AND DISASTER RECOVERY, PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY, MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SECURITY, READINGS AND CASES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SECURITY, THE GUIDE TO NETWORK SECURITY and THE HANDS-ON INFORMATION SECURITY LAB MANUAL. Dr. Mattord is an active researcher, author and consultant in information security management and related topics. He has published articles in the Information Resources Management Journal, Journal of Information Security Education, the Journal of Executive Education and the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications and Networking. Dr. Mattord is a member of the Information Systems Security Association, ISACA and the Association for Information Systems. During his career as an IT practitioner, Dr. Mattord was an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, Austin Community College and Texas State University: San Marcos. He was formerly the manager of corporate information technology security at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, where he acquired much of the practical knowledge found in this and his other textbooks.

Andrew Green, M.S.I.S.

Andrew Green, M.S.I.S., is a lecturer of information security and assurance in the CSIS department at Kennesaw State University and a research associate with the KSU Center for Information Security Education and Awareness. He was also one of the principal designers of the Southeast Collegiate Cyberdefense Competition, hosted annually by KSU. Before entering academia full-time, Green worked for 10 years as an information security professional, primarily as a consultant to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as a healthcare IT specialist. In the latter role, he developed and supported transcription interfaces for medical facilities throughout the United States. Green is also a full-time Ph.D. student at Nova Southeastern University, where he is studying information systems with a concentration in information security, as well as the co-author of multiple books published by Course Technology.

Table of Contents

1. Information Security Process Flows.
2. Background and Theory for Lab Exercises.
3. Windows Labs.
4. Linux Labs.

New to this edition

  • Throughout the text, labs have been updated with relevant information to reflect operating system changes since the publication of the previous edition, including Microsoft® Windows® 7 and Novell® SUSE® 12 releases.
  • The Fourth Edition includes new introductory labs covering virtualization techniques and images, offering users an opportunity to gain experience with key trends and practices affecting today's information security and networking industry.
  • Several exercises in the Fourth Edition feature new and updated tools, giving users access to the best and most current resources to complete essential information security and networking tasks.