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Network Security
Network security starts with physical security. Network components such as servers, hubs, and routers should be located in a secure equipment room. Part of physical security is protecting your cable plant from damage and electronic eavesdropping. More ...

What is a Password Hash and Salt?
Never store a user's password as plain-text. A Hashing algorithm is similar to encryption. To increase the security of a hashed password, a random value called salt is added to the hash. More ...

Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
"Most organizations use both IDS and an IPS. The IPS automatically blocks attacks where it is accurate, while the IDS logs and notifies network administrators of suspicious activity so they can use their judgment as to what countermeasures to take. More ...

How SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Works
SSL is a security protocol standard that encrypts communication between a web browser and a web server. Any organization that uses their website to transmit, receive, store, or display confidential or sensitive information such as passwords, credit card or bank account numbers, social security numbers, and so on, needs to use an SSL Connection. More ...

How to Tell if Someone is Lurking on Your Wireless Network
Have you ever wondered if someone else is on your wireless network, with out your knowledge, watching every site you visit or stealing account information? More ...

Cyber Security Tips for Small and Medium Business (SMB)
When it comes to small or medium enterprise the impact of security threat is even more severe. Cyber criminals love to target small business largely due to the fact that SMBs cannot afford to implement strong security protocols. More ...

What is Network AAA (Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting)?
The acronym AAA stands for three network procedures and processes that help to make a network more secure and reliable. The A's stand for Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting. The difference between authentication, authorization, and accounting is described here. More ...

What Roles Do Firewalls and Proxy Servers Play in Network Security?
A firewall can detect specific application protocol content and filter out any applications that exhibits certain characteristics. A proxy server sits between hosts and server that filters requests by checking IP Addresses, Protocol and application content. More ...

Difference Between Rule and Role Based Access Control
Access control is the method used to block or allow access to a network or network resources. Two types of access control are rule-based and role-based. The difference between rule-based and role-based access control is explained here. More ...

How to Stop Hackers from Invading Your Network
Large corporations, banks, financial institutions, security establishments are particularly favorite targets for hackers. However, this menace can be prevented to a great extent if proper security measures are taken. More ...

ARP, MAC, Poisoning, and WiFi Security
In this article we cover the basics on Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), Media Access Control Addresses (MAC), Wireless (WiFi), and layer 2 communications. I explain how a 'Man in the Middle Attack' works. The common name for this is ARP poisoning, MAC poisoning, or Spoofing. More ...

Denial of Service Attack (DoS) Detection and Mitigation
A Denial of Service Attack is when a hacker attempts to consume such a large amount of a server's resources that it's services will be unavailable to its intended users. For example a DoS attack against a web server attempts to prevent it from serving web pages to legitimate Internet clients. More ...

The Role of Security Penetration Testers
An ethical hacker is a person who performs most of the same activities a hacker does but with the owner or company's permission. Ethical hackers are usually contracted to perform penetration tests or security tests. More ...


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