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Computer Network Security

Digital Signatures and Certificates
The construction of the Digital Signature entails applying a hash function to the message by concatenation of the message with a known secret key and then applying a mathematical function which will produce a fixed length output known as the digest. 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 ...

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 ...

Wireless Network Security
Before the IEEE completed the 802.11i standard the Wi-Fi Alliance released WPA. After the release of the IEEE 802.11i standard, the Wi-Fi Alliance released WPA2 which is compatible with both the 802.11i standard and WPA. More ...

Man in the Middle Attack
In a Man in the Middle (MIM) attack the hacker places eavesdropping equipment between the sending device and the receiving device. He intercepts the data, records it and possibly modifies it, then sends it on to the intended receiving device. More ...

Remote Access Authentication Protocols
A remote access authentication protocol is the method by which remote users will be authenticated when they log on the network. Some options are EAP, CHAP, and PAP, explined here. More ...

Design a Network Security Policy
A security policy is a statement of what your systems' users are and are not allowed to do. Make sure that the policy is consistent and clearly-written. More ...

Network Security by Filtering
Filtering allows network administrators to control which packets are permitted or denied in or out of a network. It can be used to control how much bandwidth can be used by parts of a network, but is more often used to provide security for a network. More ...

How a Firewall Provides Network Security
A firewall provides security by controlling access between a network and an untrusted network. A firewall can be a hardware device, software, or combination of hardware and software. More ...

Understanding the Different Classes of Firewalls
A firewall is able to achieve its functions through the capabilities it is able to provide. These are the capabilities determine the type of firewall to needed to meet a certain and specific set of security needs. More ...

Network Security Across the Enterprise
Today's business networks consist of numerous remote access connections from employees and outsourcing firms. Often, the security risks from connections outside the network are overlooked. The proper security solution for your organization will neutralize virtually all of these threats to your network. More ...

How to Secure Your Small Business Network
Automated scanning techniques and botnets don't care whether your company is big or small, they're only looking for holes in your network security to exploit. Here are 10 of the most critical steps you can take to keep your data secure, and none of them take much time or effort to accomplish. 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 ...