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Network Security Model - Defining an Enterprise Security Strategy
These are the five primary security groups that should be considered with any enterprise security model. These include security policy, perimeter, network, transaction and monitoring security. These are all part of any effective company security strategy. More ...

Designing Physical Network Security
Network security covers a multitude of issues. The first issue to address is physical access to your network. 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Firewall Perimeter Network (DMZ)
A DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) or Perimeter Network is the area between the firewall that protects the network from untrusted external networks (the Internet) and the firewall that protects the internal network. 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 ...

Methods to Combat Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks
DDOS attacks are costly in terms of lost revenue and added costs. DDoS attack protection plays a fundamental role in keeping businesses online. Here are some strategies that can be used to protect against a DDoS attack. More ...

Wireless Network Security - The Basics of Securing a Wireless LAN
This article discusses how to secure your home and business wireless network. The process of a client associating and authenticating to an access point is standard. The security requirements vary from a home network, small business network and government departments requiring stringent network security. 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 ...

What's the Difference Between Sniffing, Snooping, and Spoofing?
Network sniffing and snooping involve tapping into network traffic for the purpose extracting usernames, passwords, account numbers, and other information. Spoofing is when a hacker creates an email or a website that appears to genuine but is designed for the purpose extracting usernames, passwords, account numbers. 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 ...


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