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Christopher C. Elisan

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1 Oct 2012 0071792066 978-0071792066

Security Smarts for the Self-Guided IT Professional

Learn how to improve the security posture of your organization and defend against some of the most pervasive network attacks. Malware, Rootkits & Botnets: A Beginner's Guide explains the nature, sophistication, and danger of these risks and offers best practicesfor thwarting them.

After reviewing the current threat landscape, the book describes the entire threat lifecycle, explaining how cybercriminals create, deploy, and manage the malware, rootkits, and botnets under their control. You'll learn proven techniques for identifying and mitigating these malicious attacks. Templates, checklists, and examples give you the hands-on help you need to get startedprotecting your network right away.

Malware, Rootkits & Botnets: A Beginner's Guidefeatures:

  • Lingo--Common security terms defined so that you're in the know on the job
  • IMHO--Frank and relevant opinions based on theauthor's years of industry experience
  • Budget Note--Tips for getting security technologies and processes into your organization's budget
  • In Actual Practice--Exceptions to the rules of security explained in real-world contexts
  • Your Plan--Customizable checklists you can use on the job now
  • Into Action--Tips on how, why, and when to applynew skills and techniques at work


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Christopher C. Elisan, a seasoned reverse engineer and malware researcher, is the principal malware scientist at RSA NetWitness. He frequently contributes expert opinion about malware, botnets, and advance persistent threats for leading publications, including USA Today, InformationWeek, and Dark Reading.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to malware 4 Dec 2012
By R. S. - Published on Amazon.com
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If the basics of how malware works is a mystery to you (as much of it was to me), then this is the book for you. Mr. Elisan writes so that you don't need to be a software engineer or an expert at coding to understand how malware does what it does. The section on rootkits is very good, worth the price of the book by itself.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read for any infosec professional 16 Oct 2012
By InfoSecGuy - Published on Amazon.com
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Malware is such a vast topic that books that try to cover anything and everything can easily drown any reader, newbie and expert alike in information of which only a tiny percentage will ever be useful. Mr. Elisan has produced a concise digest of the the most relevant topics in malware today - rootkits, botnets, and practical knowledge of how to thwart these threats. For the tech-savvy person with more than a casual interest in malware, or the seasoned information security professional tasked with protecting their enterprise's assets, this book is a very good starting point in learning all about malware.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book 22 May 2013
By Neal F. Lord - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved that this book covers the basics of where malware comes from and what there reason is for making it. It goes into the dark dungeons of where cyber criminals turn of Malware and just how they make there money of us if we are not careful. Also how we can help not line their pockets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opened my eyes 19 April 2013
By Moriarty - Published on Amazon.com
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I am required to take annual security training, but this book substantially increased my level of awareness. The author takes a fairly complex subject and makes most of it accessible to people who have some understanding of computers and software but are not programmers. Admittedly, I waded through some of the discussion about how malware enters operating systems and other sofware, but it was worth the wade, and that discussion was not most of the book.

The discussions of how people are tricked into allowing or even inviting malware into their systems are great. First thing that happened after reading the book is I realized a site that came up on a search was posing as a legitimate anti-virus provider, providing "free" downloads to ensure your PC's security. I reported it to the company who said indeed it was not their site. It's nice getting the bad guys, and even nice knowing I have a tool set beyond my virus checker and firewall to avoid them.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Malware, Rootkits & Botnets A Beginner's Guide: A Review 7 Jan 2013
By E. R. "Mike" Anders - Published on Amazon.com
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Christopher Elisan makes no secret of the fact he "earned his bones" working in the trenches at Trend Micro's TrendLabs. The time was well spent and apparently proved to be an excellent "school of hard knocks" for the malware expert who is currently the principle Malware Analyst at RSA NetWitness.

"Malware, Rootkits & Botnets: A Beginner's Guide" takes the reader on a fascinating, if not at times, frightening journey across a cyber landscape populated with Hackers, Hactivists, and Fraudsters. For the rank beginner, the trip can be a scary one, but Elisan is an excellent Guide who points out the various pitfalls, and traps along the way, and does so in a clear and informative manner.

In the first part of the book, Elisan lays a firm foundation with a brief history of malware, and a lively discussion of Rootkits and Botnets. If you did not know what a "Botnet" was beforehand, you will get an education in one of my favorite chapters, "Rise of the Botnets." You will learn not only what a "Botnet" is, but what are the main characteristics and key components, as well as how they are used for malicious intent. Then in the second part of the book, aptly titled, "Welcome to the Jungle," Elisan describes where denizens of the malware "threat ecosystem" lurk. He describes in detail infections, and compromises, before launching into the third part of the book examining the matter of protections, particularly the daunting task of protecting the "Enterprise," tasks that range from detecting threats to mitigating them. Finally, the book concludes with a nonsense look at what the future may portend with respect to the ever expanding and increasingly challenging threat from Malware, Rootkits and Botnets.

Elisan also provides, as an appendix, containing useful links to online security products and security tools. The "Beginners Guide . . ." is excellent starting point for anyone interested in the subject of cyber security and cyber crime, specifically when it comes to understanding the mystery and complexity of malware. In fact, the "Beginners Guide . . ." would make an excellent introductory text book on the subject. Big hint there! On the other hand, the "Beginners Guide . . ." also constitutes a solid review of the subject for the experienced cyber-security practitioner. Not a lecture, just an observation - Mike Anders, CEH, C|HFI, Security+, Network+
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