The Practice of Network Security Monitoring by Richard Bejtlich
Understanding Incident Detection and Response

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Network security is not simply about building impenetrable walls — determined attackers will eventually overcome traditional defenses. The most effective computer security strategies integrate network security monitoring (NSM): the collection and analysis of data to help you detect and respond to intrusions.

In The Practice of Network Security Monitoring, Mandiant CSO Richard Bejtlich shows you how to use NSM to add a robust layer of protection around your networks — no prior experience required. To help you avoid costly and inflexible solutions, he teaches you how to deploy, build, and run an NSM operation using open source software and vendor-neutral tools.

You'll learn how to:

Determine where to deploy NSM platforms, and size them for the monitored networksDeploy stand-alone or distributed NSM installationsUse command line and graphical packet analysis tools, and NSM consolesInterpret network evidence from server-side and client-side intrusionsIntegrate threat intelligence into NSM software to identify sophisticated adversaries

There's no foolproof way to keep attackers out of your network. But when they get in, you'll be prepared. The Practice of Network Security Monitoring will show you how to build a security net to detect, contain, and control them. Attacks are inevitable, but losing sensitive data shouldn't be.


About Richard Bejtlich

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Richard Bejtlich is Chief Security Officer at Mandiant and was previously Director of Incident Response for General Electric, where he built and led the 40-member GE Computer Incident Response Team (GE-CIRT). He is a graduate of Harvard University and the United States Air Force Academy. Bejtlich's previous works include The Tao of Network Security Monitoring, Extrusion Detection, and Real Digital Forensics (all from Addison-Wesley). He writes on his blog ( and on Twitter as @taosecurity.
Published July 26, 2013 by No Starch Press. 376 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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