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1 Chapter 13: Advanced Security and Beyond Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals Second Edition

2 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 2 Objectives Define computer forensics Respond to a computer forensics incident Harden security through new solutions List information security jobs and skills

3 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 3 Understanding Computer Forensics Computer forensics can attempt to retrieve information—even if it has been altered or erased— that can be used in the pursuit of the criminal The interest in computer forensics is heightened: –High amount of digital evidence –Increased scrutiny by legal profession –Higher level of computer skills by criminals

4 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 4 Forensics Opportunities and Challenges Computer forensics creates opportunities to uncover evidence impossible to find using a manual process One reason that computer forensics specialists have this opportunity is due to the persistence of evidence –Electronic documents are more difficult to dispose of than paper documents

5 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 5 Forensics Opportunities and Challenges (continued) Ways computer forensics is different from standard investigations: –Volume of electronic evidence –Distribution of evidence –Dynamic content –False leads –Encrypted evidence –Hidden evidence

6 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 6 Responding to a Computer Forensics Incident Generally involves four basic steps similar to those of standard forensics: –Secure the crime scene –Collect the evidence –Establish a chain of custody –Examine and preserve the evidence

7 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 7 Securing the Crime Scene Physical surroundings of the computer should be clearly documented Photographs of the area should be taken before anything is touched Cables connected to the computer should be labeled to document the computer’s hardware components and how they are connected Team takes custody of the entire computer along with the keyboard and any peripherals

8 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 8 Preserving the Data Computer forensics team first captures any volatile data that would be lost when computer is turned off and moves data to a secure location Includes any data not recorded in a file on the hard drive or an image backup: –Contents of RAM –Current network connections –Logon sessions –Network configurations –Open files

9 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 9 Preserving the Data (continued) After retrieving volatile data, the team focuses on the hard drive Mirror image backup (or bit-stream backup) is an evidence-grade backup because its accuracy meets evidence standards Mirror image backups are considered a primary key to uncovering evidence; they create exact replicas of the computer contents at the crime scene Mirror image backups must meet the criteria shown on pages 452 and 453 of the text

10 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 10 Establishing the Chain of Custody As soon as the team begins its work, must start and maintain a strict chain of custody Chain of custody documents that evidence was under strict control at all times and no unauthorized person was given the opportunity to corrupt the evidence

11 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 11 Examining Data for Evidence After a computer forensics expert creates a mirror image of system, original system should be secured and the mirror image examined to reveal evidence All exposed data should be examined for clues Hidden clues can be mined and exposed as well Microsoft Windows operating systems use Windows page file as a “scratch pad” to write data when sufficient RAM is not available

12 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 12 Examining Data for Evidence (continued) Slack is another source of hidden data Windows computers use two types of slack RAM slack: pertains only to the last sector of a file If additional sectors are needed to round out the block size for the last cluster assigned to the file, a different type of slack is created File slack (sometimes called drive slack): padded data that Windows uses comes from data stored on the hard drive

13 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 13 Examining Data for Evidence (continued)

14 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 14 Examining Data for Evidence (continued)

15 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 15 Examining Data for Evidence (continued)

16 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 16 Hardening Security Through New Solutions Number of attacks reported, sophistication of attacks, and speed at which they spread continues to grow Recent attacks include characteristics listed on pages 457 and 458 of the text Defenders are responding to the increase in the level and number of attacks New techniques and security devices are helping to defend networks and systems The most recent developments and announcements are listed on pages 458 and 459 of the text

17 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 17 Exploring Information Security Jobs and Skills Need for information security workers will continue to grow for the foreseeable future Information security personnel are in short supply; those in the field are being rewarded well Security budgets have been spared the drastic cost- cutting that has plagued IT since 2001 Companies recognize the high costs associated with weak security and have decided that prevention outweighs cleanup

18 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 18 Exploring Information Security Jobs and Skills (continued) Most industry experts agree security certifications continue to be important Preparing for the Security+ certification will help you solidify your knowledge and skills in cryptography, firewalls, and other important security defenses

19 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 19 TCP/IP Protocol Suite One of the most important skills is a strong knowledge of the foundation upon which network communications rests, namely Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Understanding TCP/IP concepts helps effectively troubleshoot computer network problems and diagnose possible anomalous behavior on a network

20 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 20 Packets No matter how clever the attacker is, they still must send their attack to your computer with a packet To recognize the abnormal, you must first understand what is normal

21 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 21 Firewalls Firewalls are essential tools on all networks and often provide a first layer of defense Network security personnel should have a strong background of how firewalls work, how to create access control lists (ACLs) to mirror the organization’s security policy, and how to tweak ACLs to balance security with employee access

22 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 22 Routers Routers form the heart of a TCP/IP network Configuring routers for both packet transfer and packet filtering can become very involved

23 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 23 Intrusion-Detection Systems (IDS) Security professionals should know how to administer and maintain an IDS Capabilities of these systems has increased dramatically since first introduced, making them mandatory for today’s networks One problem is that IDS can produce an enormous amount of data that requires checking

24 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 24 Other Skills A programming background is another helpful tool for security workers Security workers should also be familiar with penetration testing –Once known as “ethical hacking,” probes vulnerabilities in systems, networks, and applications

25 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 25 Computer Forensic Skills Computer forensic specialists require an additional level of training and skills: –Basic forensic examinations –Advanced forensic examinations –Incident responder skills –Managing computer investigations

26 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 26 Summary Forensic science is application of science to questions of interest to the legal profession Several unique opportunities give computer forensics the ability to uncover evidence that would be extremely difficult to find using a manual process Computer forensics also has a unique set of challenges that are not found in standard evidence gathering, including volume of electronic evidence, how it is scattered in numerous locations, and its dynamic content

27 Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, 2e 27 Summary (continued) Searching for digital evidence includes looking at “obvious” files and messages Need for information security workers will continue to grow, especially in computer forensics Skills needed in these areas include knowledge of TCP/IP, packets, firewalls, routers, IDS, and penetration testing


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