After reading this chapter and completing the exercises, you will be able to do the following:
• Understand how to secure a system
• Probe a system for vulnerabilities
• Use vulnerability scanning tools
• Evaluate potential security consultants
At this point, it should be clear that it is necessary to assess any system periodically for vulnerabilities. The first part of this chapter will discuss the essential steps that you should follow in assessing a system for vulnerabilities. The purpose of this chapter is to get someone who is new to computer security to begin thinking about these issues. This chapter is not meant to be a comprehensive treatment of the ...