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Free Web Server Protection: Build a Managed Security Solution with Open Source Tools  : Page 3

Building a complete managed security solution for your Web server doesn't have to cost money with the open source tools currently available. Apply these tools to gain a better assessment of the risks your Web servers face.


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Know Your Enemy and Yourself
Building a complete solution to manage your Web server security will take some time, but it doesn't have to cost money with the open source tools currently available. By learning how to apply and use these tools, you not only will gain a better assessment of the risks your Web servers or even your corporate network are facing, you probably also will learn what a malicious Internet user can do to your systems with these same tools. Armed with the data from your scanners, IDS, and server-monitoring tools, you will know yourself and your enemy better, thereby having better knowledge about what you should improve and what you should monitor closely. Your MSS will grow from that knowledge. As the "Art of War" by Sun Tzu says: "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles."


Yen-Ming Chen, CISSP, is a principal consultant for Foundstone. He specializes in wireless network security, Web application testing, intrusion detection, incident reporting, log analysis, and penetration tests.
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