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REVIEW: "Security Data Visualization", Greg Conti

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Han
    BKSCDTVS.RVW 20071124 Security Data Visualization , Greg Conti, 2007, 978-1-59327-143-5, U$49.95/C$59.95 %A Greg Conti www.gregconti.com %C 555 De Haro
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      BKSCDTVS.RVW 20071124

      "Security Data Visualization", Greg Conti, 2007, 978-1-59327-143-5,
      %A Greg Conti www.gregconti.com
      %C 555 De Haro Street, Suite 250, San Francisco, CA 94107
      %D 2007
      %G 978-1-59327-143-5 1-59327-143-3
      %I No Starch Press
      %O U$49.95/C$59.95 415-863-9900 fax 415-863-9950 info@...
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1593271433/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1593271433/robsladesin03-20
      %O Audience i- Tech 1 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 244 p.
      %T "Security Data Visualization: Graphical Techniques for Network

      Data visualization is very valuable. It is, however, difficult to
      perform properly in many situations: interpretation of data into
      graphics can be extremely useful, but it is often difficult to
      determine how best to present the information, and in the same way
      that proper visualization can be tremendously helpful, the wrong
      choice can be terrifically misleading. Conti somewhat avoids this
      issue in the introduction, since all he claims for the book is

      Chapter one provides a number of data visualization and user interface
      examples. Some simple data visualization experiments in chapter two
      show a few interesting ideas that can be explored with text and simple
      graphics files, as well as comparative images as simple processing is
      pursued. The port scan data displays suggested in chapter three don't
      seem to work quite as well. Similarly, chapter four looks at
      vulnerability scanning, but the recommendations presented don't appear
      to add much of value in displaying the data. Slightly better results
      seem to be obtained using real Internet data in chapter five, since
      some notion of the implications of the information can be taken from
      the illustrations. Chapter six contains a number of examples of
      impressive visualization of security data, but there is limited
      discussion as to how to determine the best means of displaying data of
      different types. The aspects of creation of visualizations, for
      firewall logs, is dealt with in chapter seven, and with IDS (Intrusion
      Detection System) data in eight. Chapter nine discusses ways of
      attacking visualizations, usually by injecting spurious data. General
      principles for building visualization systems are in chapter ten.
      Chapter eleven turns to areas for additional research on the topic in
      the future. Chapter twelve lists references and resources.

      The book is pretty, and it may provide inspiration. However, it
      probably won't provide an awful lot of assistance in getting your data
      effectively visualized.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2007 BKSCDTVS.RVW 20071124

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