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Computer Network Security

Top Ways to Prevent Data Loss
Data loss is crippling for any business, especially in the age of big data where companies rely on digital information to refine their marketing, contact prospects, and process transactions. The first goal should be to prevent data loss from occurring in the first place. More ...

Handling Rogue Access Points
A Rogue access point is any wireless access points that exist on your network without the consent of the business. If an insider were to use a laptop to act as an access point, regardless of the intent, it poses a security risk. More ...

Data Encryption
There are two kinds of key encryption: private key and public key. In private key encryption a single key is used. Public key encryption uses two keys. One key, called the private key can only be used to decrypt a document. The other key, called the public key, can only encrypt a document. 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 ...

What is Penetration Testing?
This book serves as an introduction to the steps required to complete a penetration test or perform an ethical hack. You learn how to properly utilize and interpret the results of modern day hacking tools; which are required to complete a penetration test. 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nessus Network Vulnerability Scanner
Nessus is a network vulnerability scanning program that scans network hosts for vulnerabilities and generates reports on its findings. More ...

Firewall Rules
The purpose of a network firewall is to protect computer and IT resources from malicious sources while allowing internal network users to access the Internet. For this purpose it uses an Access Control List (ACL). 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 ...

Multi-Layered Approach to Cyber Security
A multi-layered approach can be tailored to different levels of security. Not every asset needs to be completely secure; instead, only the most business critical assets, such as proprietary and confidential information, need be protected by the most restricted settings. 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 ...