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Learning Network Forensics

By : Samir Datt
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Learning Network Forensics

By: Samir Datt

Overview of this book

We live in a highly networked world. Every digital device—phone, tablet, or computer is connected to each other, in one way or another. In this new age of connected networks, there is network crime. Network forensics is the brave new frontier of digital investigation and information security professionals to extend their abilities to catch miscreants on the network. The book starts with an introduction to the world of network forensics and investigations. You will begin by getting an understanding of how to gather both physical and virtual evidence, intercepting and analyzing network data, wireless data packets, investigating intrusions, and so on. You will further explore the technology, tools, and investigating methods using malware forensics, network tunneling, and behaviors. By the end of the book, you will gain a complete understanding of how to successfully close a case.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Learning Network Forensics
About the Author
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Differentiating between NIDS and NIPS

At first sight, both the solutions seem quite similar; however, there is a clear difference in that one is a passive monitoring and detection system that limits itself to raising an alarm at an anomaly or signature match, and the other is an active prevention system that takes proactive action when detecting a malicious packet by dropping it.

Usually, a NIPS is inline (between the firewall and rest of the network) and takes proactive action based on the set of rules provided to it. In the case of a NIDS, the device/computer is usually not inline but may get mirrored traffic from a network tap or mirrored port.

The network overhead in the case of a NIPS is more than that of a NIDS.

Another issue with a NIDS is that by the time an intruder hits the system and the administrator is informed, the intruder has already infiltrated the system to a good extent, thereby making a simple situation extremely dire.

While stability is paramount in both systems, the consequences...