REVIEW - Maximum Security - A Hacker's Guide to Protecting Your Internet Site and Network

Title:

Maximum Security - A Hacker's Guide to Protecting Your Internet Site and Network

Author:

Anonymous

ISBN:

1575212684

Publisher:

Sams (1997)

Pages:

885pp

Reviewer:

Francis Glassborow

Reviewed:

February 1998

Rating:

★★☆☆☆

Like the previous book this is about Internet security. The author has elected to remain anonymous on the grounds that he is an experienced hacker (to be relevant that should be cracker, and internal evidence suggests that is his qualification). Like the previous book this is a combination of printed text and CD.

The book covers Windows (all versions), Unix (all main flavours) and Macintosh with separate collections of relevant programs for each on the CD. The CD is set up as a WWW site and can easily be navigated with your browser. There are links to the sites of the providers of the software so that you can easily update it, register shareware etc.

This book is aimed more at the manager of a small intranet or small commercial Web site rather than the private user who just wants to surf the web. This means that much of the software is aimed at your need for supervising other users. Therefore you will find utilities for things such as validating the security of your users' passwords.

The focus of this book is less about awareness of dangers (leading to better user habits) and more about how to protect those in your care. While still not at the level of the genuine network expert it expects a degree of computer literacy coupled with a greater level of need than would be common among computer hobbyists. If you are going to give advice (even informally) to others about security issues you would be well advised to have read and understood this book or one like it.

One reason that I have reviewed this book is that I am becoming increasingly concerned that someone is going to get their fingers legally burned. You may know that your expertise is limited to programming but are you sure that those that talk to you understand this? Are you sure that the law courts will accept that your liability to your client was strictly limited to programming issues? It is worth thinking about this and if you are the kind of person who is free with their advice make sure that you are well informed.


Book cover image courtesy of Open Library.