Interview with Lance Spitzner, Security Expert
by Mirko Zorz - Tuesday, 19 November 2002.
Oh boy, that depends. Beginner worrying about securing their XP box at home, security engineer securing their network at work? For the common user, I just recommend getting a firewall and a virus scanner, that works for most. For the security professional, start with the basics. For me, that was Stevens TCP/IP Illustrated Volume I. That has become my networking bible. The other most valuable thing for me has been a home lab. Build yourself a network of computers (old 486 systems are fine), and test everything you are learning in that environment (minimization, network sniffing, firewalls, attacks, etc). That hands on experience has proven invaluable to me.

What are your future plans? Any exciting new projects?

One of the most exciting things the Honeynet Projectis now working on is a bootable CDROM. We want to take our newly developed GenII technologies and build them into a bootable CDROM. This way if any organizations want to deploy a Honeynet (or multiple Honeynets), they simply boot off a CDROM and they have their Honeynet. All that is left is populating the network with target victims.

Spotlight

Total cost of average data breach reaches $3.8 million

The average consolidated total cost of a data breach is $3.8 million, according to a Ponemon Institute study of 350 companies spanning 11 countries. The average cost incurred for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information increased from $145 to $154.


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