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The Ethical Hack

A Framework for Business Value Penetration Testing, 1st Edition

By James S. Tiller

Auerbach Publications

352 pages | 60 B/W Illus.

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Description

There are many books that detail tools and techniques of penetration testing, but none of these effectively communicate how the information gathered from tests should be analyzed and implemented. Until recently, there was very little strategic information available to explain the value of ethical hacking and how tests should be performed in order to provide a company with insight beyond a mere listing of security vulnerabilities. Now there is a resource that illustrates how an organization can gain as much value from an ethical hack as possible.

The Ethical Hack: A Framework for Business Value Penetration Testing explains the methodologies, framework, and "unwritten conventions" that ethical hacks should employ to provide the maximum value to organizations that want to harden their security. This book is unique in that it goes beyond the technical aspects of penetration testing to address the processes and rules of engagement required for successful tests. It examines testing from a strategic perspective, shedding light on how testing ramifications affect an entire organization.

Security practitioners can use this resource to reduce their exposure and deliver a focused, valuable service to customers. Organizations will learn how to align the information about tools, techniques, and vulnerabilities that they gathered from testing with their overall business objectives.

Reviews

"[I]n this comprehensive work author James Tiller explains not only why ethical hacks are viable, but also why they are critical. … [This] is one of the most complete books on penetration testing available."

- Security Management, August 2005

"Jim Tiller has created an outstanding book that describes in detail the right way to conduct a thorough penetration test. As more and more people offer penetration testing services, our industry needs a base line of solid practices to help separate the professionals from the charlatans. Jim's book describes such practices, including the policies, procedures, and technical insights that come from years of in-the-trenches experience."

Ed Skoudis, VP of Security Strategy, Global Integrity, from the Foreword

"This book differentiates itself by presenting a structured approach to testing an organization's security…Tiller's writing style makes the book easy to follow, and he uses plenty of real-world examples…the framework that Tiller describes will remain valid because security's fundamental aspects will change slowly."

-IEEE Security & Privacy, 2005

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Perspectives of Value

SECURITY AND HACKING

Information Security

Security Architecture

Hacking Impacts

THE FRAMEWORK

Business Planning and Operations

Reconnaissance

Enumeration

Vulnerability Analysis

Exploitation

Final Analysis

Deliverable

Integration

INFORMATION SECURITY PROGRAM

Scope of Information Security Programs

The Process of Information Security

Component Parts of Information Security Programs

BUSINESS PLANNING AND OPERATIONS

Business Objectives

Security Policy

Previous Test Results

Business Challenges

The Business of Security

Reasoning

Overall Expectations

How Deep is Deep Enough?

Timing is Everything

Attack Type

Source Point

Required Knowledge

Inherent Limitations

Imposed Limitations

Multi-Phased Attacks

Teaming and Attack Structure

The Security Consultant

The Tester

Logistics

Technical Preparation

Managing of the Engagement

Scenario

RECONNAISSANCE

The Hacker

Reconnaissance Techniques

ENUMERATION

Technical Objective

Soft Objective

Scope of Effort

Looking Around or Attack?

Preparing for the Next Phase

VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS

Weighing the Vulnerability

Source Points

Reporting Dilemma

EXPLOITATION

Intuitive Testing

Evasion

War Dialing

Threads and Groups

Operating Systems

Password Crackers

Rootkits

Applications

Network

Services and Areas of Concern

FINAL ANALYSIS

Critical

Warning

Informational

DELIVERABLE

Overall Structure

Aligning Findings

Format

INTEGRATION

Mitigation

Defense Planning

Incident Management

Security Policy

CONCLUSION

APPENDIX-SPOOFING AND SEQUENCE ATTACK

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS073000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Commerce
COM032000
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COM053000
COMPUTERS / Security / General