I am an Information Security Architect at Hewlett-Packard. I've been with HP eighteen years; most of that time I have spent in the area of information security. I help customers before a security incident by evaluating their security and, after there has been a security breach. I help them in recovering their systems. I design security into solutions which salesmen are presenting to customers. Today I spend most of my time increasing security awareness and explaining security in business terms. I am the author of "Halting the Hacker: A Practical Guide to Computer Security" and "Information Security: Protecting the Global Enterprise." "Halting the Hacker" provides technical details on how systems are attacked and what to do to protect yourself from those attacks with an emphasis on HP-UX and Linux systems. "Information Security" provides a broad view of information security beyond the data center. It addresses the business issues of information security and how to build security into all aspects of an organization.
How did you gain interest in computer security?
In the early years of HP-UX, most of our customers had little or no experience with Unix systems and had many questions about proper administration and security. So, I spent a lot of time helping customers enhance their disaster recovery plans and security and administrative policies to include their new HP-UX systems, as well as assisting them in evaluating the security implementations.
I have worked with most of the divisions and organizations within HP that are involved with providing security features on HP-UX, and have provided pre-sales and post-sales support and consulting. I have worked with customers in the development of their security policies, assisted them in the evaluation of the implementation of their security procedures, and provided guidance in post-incident forensics.
How did you become a computer book author and how long did it take you to write "Halting the Hacker: A Practical Guide to Computer Security, 2/e"? What was it like?
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