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1st Edition

Cyberspace and Cybersecurity

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ISBN 9781466517578
Published August 23, 2012 by Auerbach Publications
236 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Based on related courses and research on the cyber environment in Europe, the United States, and Asia, Cyberspace and Cybersecurity supplies complete coverage of cyberspace and cybersecurity. It not only emphasizes technologies but also pays close attention to human factors and organizational perspectives.

Detailing guidelines for quantifying and measuring vulnerabilities, the book also explains how to avoid these vulnerabilities through secure coding. It covers organizational-related vulnerabilities, including access authorization, user authentication, and human factors in information security. Providing readers with the understanding required to build a secure enterprise, block intrusions, and handle delicate legal and ethical issues, the text:

  • Examines the risks inherent in information system components, namely hardware, software, and people
  • Explains why asset identification should be the cornerstone of any information security strategy
  • Identifies the traits a CIO must have to address cybersecurity challenges
  • Describes how to ensure business continuity in the event of adverse incidents, including acts of nature
  • Considers intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDPS), focusing on configurations, capabilities, selection, management, and deployment

Explaining how to secure a computer against malware and cyber attacks, the text’s wide-ranging coverage includes security analyzers, firewalls, antivirus software, file shredding, file encryption, and anti-loggers. It reviews international and U.S. federal laws and legal initiatives aimed at providing a legal infrastructure for what transpires over the Internet. The book concludes by examining the role of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in our country’s cyber preparedness.

Exercises with solutions, updated references, electronic presentations, evaluation criteria for projects, guidelines to project preparations, and teaching suggestions are available upon qualified course adoption.

Table of Contents

Vulnerabilities in Information Systems
Measuring Vulnerability
Avoiding Vulnerabilities through Secure Coding
Mistakes Can Be Good
Threats Classification
Threat Modeling Process
Security Starts at Home
Security in Applications
International Awareness

Vulnerabilities in the Organization
Common Organizational Vulnerabilities
Access Authorization and Authentication
Human Factors
Security Services
External Technologies
Wireless Networks
     Passive Vulnerabilities
     Active Vulnerabilities
Wireless Fidelity
     Wi-Fi Precautions at Home
     Wi-Fi Precautions at the Hotspot
     Wi-Fi Precautions at the Enterprise
Worldwide Interoperability Microwave Access
     WiMAX Features
Cloud Computing

Risks in Information Systems Infrastructure
Risks in Hardware
Risks in Software
Risks in People
Risks in Laptops
Risks in Cyberspace
Risk Insurance in Cyberspace

Secure Information Systems
Assets Identification
Assets Communication
Assets Storage
Resource Access Control Facility
Securing the Email Communications
     Email Server Side
     Email Client Side
Information Security Management

Cybersecurity and the CIO
CIO: Personality
     Trust and Ethics
     Communication and Intelligence
     Leadership and Entrepreneurship
     Courage and Limitations
CIO: Education
     University Degrees
CIO: Experience
CIO: Responsibilities
     Data Backup and Archiving
     Culture of Security
     Cyber Training
     Contingency Plans
CIO: Information Security
     Internal Information Security Components
          Access Control—Electronic
          Access Control—Physical
     Cyber Policies
          Cyber Awareness and Training
     Business Continuity
CIO: The Changing Role

Building a Secure Organization
Business Continuity Planning
     Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
     Business Recovery Strategy (BRS)
     Drafting of the BCP
     Testing of the BCP
     Training in the BCP Implementation
     BCP Performance Indicators
System Access Control
System Development and Maintenance
Physical and Environmental Security
Personnel Security
Security Organization
Computer and Network Management
Asset Classification and Control
Security Policy

Cyberspace Intrusions
IDPS Configuration
IDPS Capabilities
     Information Acquisition
     Information Loggings
     Detection Techniques
     Prevention Actions
IDPS Management
          Step One: Features
          Step Two: Architecture
          Step Three: Installation
          Step Four: Testing
          Step Five: Activation
IDPS Classification
     Host-Based IDPS
     Network-Based IDPS
     Network Behavior Analysis System
     Wireless IDPS
IDPS Comparison

Cyberspace Defense
File Protection Applications
     File Backup
     Disaster Recovery
     History Deletion
     Shredding and Wiping
     File Undelete
     File Encryption
PC Performance Applications
     Registry Repair
     Junk Files
Protection Tools
     Security Analyzer
     Password Analyzer
          Packet-Level Filtering
          Circuit-Level Filtering
          Application-Level Gateway
     Email Protection

Cyberspace and the Law
International Laws
     United Nations
     North Atlantic Treaty Organization
     Impediments to Cyber Law Enforcement
Cyber-Related Laws in the United States
     The Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011
     The Cybersecurity Act of 2010
     The Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002
     The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001
     The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994
     Computer Security Act of 1987
     The Privacy Act of 1974
     Trends in Cyber Abuse
     Combating Cybercrime

Cyber Warfare and Homeland Security
Cyber Warfare
     Cyber Weapons Convention
     Cyber Terrorism
     Cyber Espionage
Homeland Security
     National Cyber Security Division
Cybersecurity Preparedness
Distributed Defense
     The Cyber Defense Ecosystem
     Cybersecurity Training
     Cyber Simulation and Exercises



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Dr. George K. Kostopoulos is a faculty member at the University of Maryland University College, where he serves and teaches as a faculty mentor in the master’s degree programs in cybersecurity and information assurance. Dr. Kostopoulos has an extensive international academic career, having taught in seventeen universities around the world, including Boston University, Texas A&M International University, Florida Atlantic University, the University of Heidelberg (Germany), and the American University of Sharjah (UAE). He is the author of numerous scholarly papers and two other books, Digital Engineering and Greece and the European Economic Community. Dr. Kostopoulos received his master’s and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Arizona State University, and a master’s in economics from California State Polytechnic University. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance and a reviewer of numerous scientific conferences.


…a timely read, and even more so, a trusted resource … covers a great deal of ground very well and its tutorial and comprehensive checklist style pulls even the risk discussions together in an understandable and educational manner that reinforces awareness to the critical attributes found within this manmade domain. … each individual chapter deals with an important and realistic aspect of cybersecurity together with the vulnerabilities and risks. Together, the chapters provide a first-rate overview of this exceedingly complex topic, a perspective that has equally horizontal as well as vertical implications, and will keep the reader cognizant of the interrelationships among the disparate disciplines making up cyberspace.
—Riley Repko, CEO, Trusted Cyber Solutions LLC & Senior Research Fellow, Virginia Tech University