Chris McNab is the technical director of Matta, a vendor-independent security consulting outfit based in the United Kingdom. Since 2000, Chris has presented and run applied hacking courses across Europe, training a large number of financial, retail, and government clients in practical attack and penetration techniques, so that they can assess and protect their own networks effectively.
Chris speaks at a number of security conferences and seminars, and is routinely called to comment on security events and other breaking news. He has appeared on television and radio stations in the UK (including BBC 1 and Radio 4), and in a number of publications and computing magazines.
Responsible for the provision of security assessment services at Matta, Chris and his team undertake Internet-based, internal, application, and wireless security assessment work, providing clients with practical and sound technical advice relating to secure network design and hardening strategies. Chris boasts a 100% success rate when compromising the networks of multinational corporations and financial services companies over the last five years.
"While the book is quite technical, it is also very readable. This text is best used in the hands of your companys network and security administrators. Once they finish reading it, your network security will improve."
--Ben Rothke, CPP, Security Management
"Two key characteristics set this book
apart from others. First, the author never
claims that following the steps he lays
out will make your network secure or
hacker-proof. Instead, his goal is to give
you the tools to assess the security of
Second, the book covers various tools,
discussing what information each tool
can provide and what this information
--James Mohr, Linux Magazine
"The author provides access to all of the weapons used by hackers and others who seek to attack and disable networks. Providing a knowledge of these tactics will help network administrators to deploy tools and implement techniques and good practices to thwart malicious threats."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report