page22-forumsUseful Forums
page22-orangeball Security and Cryptography Forum: Sponsered by DevShed. Discusses issues related to coding, server applications, network protection, data protection, firewalls, ciphers and the like.
page22-orangeball Cryptography Forum: On Topix. Fairly good focus on technical issues.
page22-orangeball Security Forums: On WindowsSecurity.com. Broad range of forums, including cryptographic theory, cryptographic software, firewalls, and malware.
 
page22-www_iconUseful Links
page22-orangeball Computer Science Student Resource Site: Help and advice for the long-suffering, overworked student.
page22-orangeball Errata sheet: Latest list of errors, updated at most monthly. File name is Errata-CompSec2e-mmyy. If you spot any errors, please contact me at page23-email.

Chapter 1 - Overview

page22-orangeball IETF Security Area: Provides up-to-date information on Internet security standardization efforts.
page22-orangeball Computer and Network Security Reference Index: A good index to vendor and commercial products, FAQs, newsgroup archives, papers, and other Web sites.
page22-orangeball IEEE Technical Committee on Security and Privacy: Home of the electronic newsletter Cipher, which provides book reviews, new crypto and security links, and links to reports and papers available online.
page22-orangeball Computer Security Resource Center: Maintained by NIST; contains a broad range of information on security threats, technology, and standards.
page22-orangeball European Network and Information Security Agency A source of expertise on security issues for the EU. Includes an excellent set of technical reports, plus numerous other documents and links.
page22-orangeball Security Focus: A wide variety of security information, with an emphasis on vendor products and end-user concerns. Maintains the Bugtraq, a mailing list for the detailed discussion and announcement of computer security vulnerabilities.
page22-orangeball SANS Institute: Similar to Security Focus. Extensive collection of white papers. Maintains Internet Storm Center, which provides a warning service to Internet users and organizations concerning security threats.
page22-orangeball Risks Digest: Forum on risks to the public in computers and related systems.
page22-orangeball United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team: US-CERT is a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the public and private sectors, intended to coordinate the response to security threats from the Internet. The site has a good collection of technical papers, and information and alerts on current security issues, vulnerabilities and exploits.
page22-orangeball CERT Coordination Center: The organization that grew from the computer emergency response team formed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Site provides good information on Internet security threats, vulnerabilities, and attack statistics.
page22-orangeball Packet Storm: Resource of up-to-date and historical security tools, exploits, and advisories.
page22-orangeball Institute for Security and Open Methodologies: An open, collaborative security research community. Lots of interesting information.
page22-orangeball Security Cartoon: A cartoon-based approach aimed at improving the understanding of security risk among typical Internet users.
page22-orangeball Center for Internet Security: Provides freeware benchmark and scoring tools for evaluating security of operating systems, network devices, and applications. Includes case studies and technical papers.page23-new3

Chapter 2 - Cryptographic Tools

page22-orangeball The Cryptography FAQ: Lengthy and worthwhile FAQ covering all aspects of cryptography.
page22-orangeball Bouncy Castle Crypto Package: Java implementation of cryptographic algorithms. The package is organized so that it contains a light-weight API suitable for use in any environment. The package is distributed at no charge for commercial or non-commercial use.
page22-orangeball Cryptography Code: Another useful collection of software.
page22-orangeball American Cryptogram Association: An association of amateur cryptographers. The Web site includes information and links to sites concerned with classical cryptography.
page22-orangeball Crypto Corner: Simon Singh's Website. Lots of good information, plus interactive tools for learning about cryptography.

Chapter 3 - User Authentication7

page22-orangeball Password Usage and Generation: NIST documents on this topic
page22-orangeball Biometrics Consortium: Government-sponsored site for the research, testing, and evaluation of biometric technology

Chapter 4 - Access Control

page22-orangeball NIST RBAC site: Includes numerous documents, standards, and software on RBAC

Chapter 5 - Database Security

page22-orangeball Cloud Security Alliance: Organization promoting best practices for cloud security implementation. Site contains useful documents and links.

Chapter 6 - Malicious Software

page22-orangeball Vmyths: Dedicated to exposing virus hoaxes and dispelling misconceptions about real viruses.
page22-orangeball SecureList: Information about viruses, hackers, and spam.
page22-orangeball Symantec Internet Threat Security Report: Annual report on the Internet threat landscape by commercial antivirus software provider Symantec.
page4-page22-orangeball-32 Symantec Security Response: Site maintained by commercial antivirus software provider Symantec, with much useful information on current malware risks.

Chapter 7 - Denial-of-Service Attacks

page22-orangeball David Dittrich’s Distributed Denial Of Service Site: Contains lists of books, papers, and other information on DDoS attacks and tools.

Chapter 8 - Intrusion Detection

page22-orangeball Open Security Foundation: Runs the DataLossDB project, which compiles a wide variety of statistics, charts, graphs, and incident report.page23-new3
page22-orangeball Honeynet Project: A research project studying the techniques of predatory hackers and developing honeypot products
page22-orangeball Honeypots: A good collection of research papers and technical articles.
page22-orangeball Snort: Web site for Snort, an open source network intrusion prevention and detection system.

Chapter 9 - Firewalls

page22-orangeball Firewall.com: Numerous links to firewall references and software resources.

Chapter 10 - Buffer Overflow

page22-orangeball Metasploit: The Metasploit Project provides useful information on shellcode exploits to people who perform penetration testing, IDS signature development, and exploit research
page22-orangeball OpenBSD Security: The OpenBSD project produces a free, multiplatform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system.

Chapter 11 - Software Security

page22-orangeball CERT Secure Coding: Resource on CERT site of links to information on common coding vulnerabilities and secure programming practices.
page22-orangeball CWE/SANS Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors: A list of the most common types of programming errors that were exploited in many major cyber attacks, with details on how they occur and how to avoid them.
page22-orangeball David Wheeler - Secure Programming: Provides links to his book and other articles on secure programming.
page22-orangeball Fuzz Testing of Application Reliability: Provides details of the security analysis of applications using random input performed by the University of Wisconsin Madison.
page22-orangeball Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP): Dedicated to finding and fighting the causes of insecure software and providing open source tools to assist this process. Includes the OWASP Secure Coding Practices Quick Reference Guide, which defines a set of general software security coding practices, in a checklist format, that can be integrated into the software development lifecycle. Implementation of these practices will mitigate most common software vulnerabilities.

Chapter 12 - OS Security

page22-orangeball DSD Top35 Intrusion Mitigation Strategies: The Australian Defence Signals Directorate list of top intrusion mitigation strategies.
page22-orangeball Linux Documentation Project: manuals on Linux systems administration.
page22-orangeball Microsoft Security Tools & Checklists: tools and guidance to assess security on Microsoft Windows systems.
page22-orangeball SANS - Top Cyber Security Risks: that organizations should address.

Chapter 13 - Trusted Computing

page22-orangeball Trusted Computing Group: Vendor group involved in developing and promoting trusted computer standards. Site includes white papers, specifications, and vendor links.
page22-orangeball Common Criteria Portal: Official Web site of the common criteria project.

Chapter 14 - IT Security Management and Risk Assessment

page22-orangeball Information Security Guide: A compendium of information providing guidance on effective approaches to the application of information security at institutions of higher education. The information is useful for any organization.page23-new3
page22-orangeball CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey: Details of annual surveys of computer network attacks and computer misuse trends.
page22-orangeball ISO 27000 Directory: An overview of the ISO 27000 series of standards reserved by ISO for information security matters
page22-orangeball Verizon Security Blog: and their Data Breach Investigations Report provide regular updates on security issues, and their annual summary report is compiled with the assistance of the US Secret Service.

Chapter 16 - Physical Security

page22-orangeball InfraGuard: An FBI program to support infrastructure security efforts. Contains a number of useful documents and links
page22-orangeball The Infrastructure Security Partnership: A public-private partnership dealing with infrastructure security issues. Contains a number of useful documents and links.
page22-orangeball Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA): Contains a number of useful documents related to physical security for businesses and individuals.
page22-orangeball NIST PIV program: Contains working documents, specifications, and links related to PIV.

Chapter 17 - Human Resources

page22-orangeball Federal Agency Security Practices: A voluminous set of documents covering all aspects of organizational security policy
page22-orangeball ISO 27002 Community Portal: Documents, links, and other resources related to ISO 27002
page22-orangeball Computer Security Incident Response Team: Provide security professionals with the means to report, discuss, and disseminate computer security related information to others around the world. This site provides information for reporting security incidents and information on technical resources.

Chapter 18 - Security Auditing

page22-orangeball Security Issues in Network Event Logging: This IETF working group is developing standards for system logging.

Chapter 19 - Legal and Ethical Aspects

page22-orangeball International Cyber Threat Task Force: An online security community of cyber security professionals collaborating to deal with all related cyber threats including all aspects of cyber crime and cyber warfare. Useful documents and other information.
page22-orangeball Criminal Justice Resources: CyberCrime: Excellent collection of links maintained by Michigan State University.
page22-orangeball International High Technology Crime Investigation Association: A collaborative effort of law enforcement and the private sector. Contains useful set of links and other resources.
page22-orangeball Computer Ethics Institute: Includes documents, case studies, and links.
page22-orangeball The Rules: Maintained by the Ad Hoc Committee on Responsible Computing.

Chapter 20 - Symmetric Encryption and Message Confidentiality

page22-orangeball AES Home Page: NIST's page on AES. Contains the standard plus a number of other relevant documents
page22-orangeball AES Lounge: Contains a comprehensive bibliography of documents and papers on AES, with access to electronic copies.
page22-orangeball Block Cipher Modes of Operation: NIST page with full information on NIST-approved modes of operation.

Chapter 21 - Public-Key Cryptography and Message Authentication

page22-orangeball RSA Laboratories: The research center of RSA Security, Inc., it offers an extensive collection of technical material on RSA and other topics in cryptography.
page22-orangeball NIST Secure Hashing Page: SHA FIPS and related documents.


Chapter 22 - Internet Security Protocols and Standards

page22-orangeball S/MIME Charter: Latest RFCs and internet drafts for S/MIME.
page22-orangeball DKIM Website hosted by Mutual Internet Practices Association, this site contains a wide range of documents and information related to DKIM.
page22-orangeball DKIM Charter: Latest RFCs and internet drafts for DKIM.
page22-orangeball TLS Charter: Latest RFCs and internet drafts for TLS.
page22-orangeball OpenSSL Project: Project to develop open-source SSL and TLS software. Site includes documents and link.
page22-orangeball NIST IPSec Project: Contains papers, presentations, and reference implementations.
page22-orangeball IPsec Maintenance and Extensions Charter: Latest RFCs and internet drafts for IPsec.page23-new3

Chapter 23 - Internet Authentication Applications

page22-orangeball MIT Kerberos Site: Information about Kerberos, including the FAQ, papers and documents, and pointers to commercial product sites.
page22-orangeball MIT Kerberos Consortium: Created to establish Kerberos as the universal authentication platform for the world's computer networks.page23-new3
page22-orangeball USC/ISI Kerberos Page: Another good source of Kerberos material.
page22-orangeball Kerberos Working Group: IETF group developing standards for Kerberos.
page22-orangeball Public-Key Infrastructure Working Group: IETF group developing standards based on X.509v3.
page22-orangeball NIST PKI Program: Good source of information.

Chapter 24 - Wireless Network Security

page22-orangeball IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group: Contains working group documents plus discussion archives.
page22-orangeball Wi-Fi Alliance: An industry group promoting the interoperabiltiy of 802.11 products with each other and with Ethernet.
page22-orangeball Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) Working Group: IETF working group responsible for EAP and related issues.

Chapter 25 - Linux Security

page22-orangeball NSA SELinux Web site: Contains useful documentation on SELinux.

Chapter 26 - Windows Security

page22-orangeball Microsoft Security Central: Good collection of information about Windows and Windows Vista security

Appendix C - RFCs

page22-orangeball RFCs: IETF RFC repository. Includes a complete list of all RFCs, constantly updated.
page22-orangeball RFC Sourcebook: Provides the relevant information on RFCs in an easy to use, easy to access format.page23-new3