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Mar 26 2013   2:57PM GMT

Book giveaway: Hacking for Dummies

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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For many IT professionals, ‘hacking’ is one of the scariest words. From passwords to banking accounts, hackers are constantly looking for ways to breach your network. But don’t worry, Kevin Beaver’s book, Hacking for Dummies: 4th edition, takes you into the mind of a hacker and gives you the latest tools and techniques to stop them before they strike. We have an excerpt of the book on our IT Bookworm Blog.

We’re giving away 5 copies of the book, all signed by Kevin Beaver himself! To win a copy, tell us “Of all the challenges that come with working in IT, what are the top three that keep you from getting the most important things done?” Good luck!

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  • WirelessHomeNetworkMadeEasy
    The top three things that keep me from getting thing done in our IT dept is Security, Security, Security!   I'm in a situation of trying to deploy over a 100 laptop and desktop systems in a mixed local and remote user network. However, the many layers of security that are in-place to keep unwanted threats out, are keeping me from doing my job!  Security1: Bit9 is installed on all field users laptops preventing un-authorized files from running, but viruses STILL get in, and even the admin account gets blocked from installing half the time. : (Security2: Our network requires field laptops to have their Health Status 100% up to date before allowing access to network resources, so anyone who doesn't connect their laptop over the weekend has to receive updates from a repository before syncing with the mail server or connecting to network shares... causing dozens of helpdesk tickets everyday, for no reason! : (Security 3: DDPE Disk Encryption from Credant doesn't work as advertised, and when field reps preform disk scans, the encryption agent thinks its an attack, and locks up the data to protect itself, making the data not accessible until an encryption specialist runs a unlocking tool to hopefully retrieve the data before  it's lost forever!  : (So!.... Are the Hackers causing us IT folks pain?  Absolutely! 
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  • dizo007

    quit simple it 's backup. !

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  • LinuxCiscoman
    While there are an incredible amount of distractions in Information Technology, I would say that the top three are hardware failure, patching, and PEBCAK (problem existing between user and keyboard.)  While my days are full of researching, development, scripting, and security auditing, there is never a shortage of forgotten passwords, broken dock stations, and patch auditing.  I understand that this is the nature of the beast but it is extremely time consuming and with regards to end users, very frustrating.  However, thus is the life of a network administrator who may be a little over zealous when it comes to information security. Of all the challenges that come with working in IT, these are the top three that keep me from getting the most important things done.
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  • LinuxCiscoman
    I don't see a deadline like I normally would here.  How long are we taking entries for this contest?
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
    Hi guys, we're running this giveaway until next Friday but all three of you have won a signed copy of the book! Watch out for an email from me so I can send it to you.

    We still have two copies left so keep getting those answers in!
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  • TomLiotta
    For me, it was always (1) knowledge, lack of, (3) management, and (3) customers.  Knowledge (lack of) should be obvious to everyone. For essentially any issue, the proper application of the right knowledge can resolve it. But you usually don't know what you don't know. It's not trivial to learn a topic enough to understand what part of it applies to a particular problem. There are often connections to other elements that might also need to be understood. Once enough knowledge is obtained, solutions can be much easier.  Management becomes a problem when directions are counter-productive. One of the most difficult types of directives is one that comes from the principle of "It Doesn't Make Money." Many things can be obvious that need to be done, and one reason for doing them is to avoid future problems or to minimize future effort. But it's not allowed to do them now because "It Doesn't Make Money." There's usually no vision of how much it costs NOT to do it.Customers probably don't seem to fit in this list, but they rate this high with me. Too many times I've put too much effort into solving a customer problem when it all could have ended with the first suggested action. But the action is rejected because "No need for that. We verified that that was correct." No evidence would be provided; just the flat assertion. I have a few of those I could relate; the worst took a number of weeks to get the customer to make the obvious needed change (motivation provided by an analysis app I created that essentially just listed their configuration along with a 'Recommended Change'.)  Tom
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  • AndreaF
    Top 3 things that can get in the way - (1) Technology has hiccups, which cause all sorts of end user calls. Great for job security, not so great when trying to get things done. (2) Technology changes, just when you have your end users mostly trained and doing well dealing with your technology. See above. (3) Networks break down, or get viruses, or have updates that really don't go over well. This causes widespread panic, confusion, and creates all sort of new and wonderous issues. See above. All in all, I believe it is the nature of the business to have multiple issues all crop up at once - especially if you are trying to complete a crucial project. That's part of what makes it such an interesting line of work.  
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
    We have our five winners! Congratulations everyone. As I mentioned earlier, watch out for an email from me so I can send the book to all of you.
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