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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 ...

What is a Botnet Attack and How to Identify It?
Attacks against networks are increasing because attackers find many networks are not properly patched and secured behind a firewall. Once attackers have compromised a machine, they simply install a bot on it to establish communication. The botnet is then controlled by the attacker. More ...

Difference Between Network Firewall and Web Application Firewall
A Network Firewall acts as a security barrier between a trusted network, such as the local network (LAN), and an untrusted network, such as the Internet. A >Web Application Firewall (WAF) monitors and allows or blocks data packets as they travel to and from a Web application. 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 ...

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 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 ...

Prevent Hacking with Password-Cracking Countermeasures
Taking some general countermeasures can prevent hacking of your important passwords. Many people use the same passwords on every system they use. For this reason, you might instructg users to create different passwords especially on the systems that protect information that's more sensitive. 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 ...

How to Use the Open Source Intrusion Detection System SNORT
In terms of raw power and features, SNORT, the most commonly used Open Source Intrusion Detection System, (IDS) has begun to eclipse many expensive proprietary IDSes. In terms of documentation or ease of use, however, SNORT can seem overwhelming. More ...

Avoid Hacks by Rogue Wireless Devices
Watch out for hacking from unauthorized routers and wireless clients that are attached to your network. By using NetStumbler or your client manager software, you can test for access points (APs) and ad-hoc devices that don't belong on your network. 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 ...

Public Key Infrastructure
PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) uses a public and private key pair obtained and shared through a trusted authority. Public and private keys are used to lock (encrypt) and unlock (decrypt) data. Certificates are the cornerstones of the PKI. More ...

How Snort's Stealth TCP Port Scanning Works
Snort is an open source network intrusion detection system, capable of performing real-time traffic analysis and packet logging on IP networks. It can perform protocol analysis, content searching and matching, and can be used to detect a variety of attacks and probes. More ...


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