September 2002 - Barbarians at the Gate: Your Network Under Assault

Plus: What to do when you've been hacked; 70-320, XML/Visual C# review; smart cards; security checklist; remote control tools; more.


You Got Hacked! Now What?

Hacks are a fact in a connected world. After discovering and expelling the intruders, you have to clean up their messes.

Barbarians at the Gate

Intrusion detection systems are becoming increasingly important in network security. Here’s a primer on what they do and how they work—and an evaluation of four popular sentries.

Book Reviews

Blazing the Trail to the 70-216 Summit

Mike Meyer's Passport opens doors for newbies and experts alike.

Well-Rounded Education

Microsoft stays true to its self-paced training kit roots with this MCSA offering

Virtual Training

Sybex's MCSE Virtual Lab, while good, leaves something to be desired.

Exam Reviews

70-320: Component Complexities

Proving your expertise with XML and server components will get you through this Web services exam for developers.

Product Reviews

Rational XDE Modeler v2002 Release 2

Living Doc 2.55

Groove 2.1

Octane8 4.0

Curl and Surge 2.0

PocketDBA 1.4.11

Sam I Am—Anywhere!

Take Control with Remotely Anywhere 4.

Profile Management Made Simple

AutoProf Profile Maker 7 lets you manage Outlook profiles with ease.

Control Thyself

Remote control with ease with CrossTec's NetOp 7.01

Call Me Certifiable

Does It Have To Be This Hard?

In which Auntie rails at the sorry state of software—and what we can do about it.

Certified Mail

Certified Mail: September 2002

Influencers who want bigger decision-making responsibilities, smart cards that are only as smart as the implementers, and a lucky find.

Drill Down

Will You Strike It Rich?

A review of CBT Nuggets' video-based MCSE training.

Editor's Desk

Fake Out

A controlled security challenge still provides valuable lessons.

Mr. Script

Get Active

Hate it or hate it more, product activation is a necessary evil in the XP world. Here’s how to ease the pain.

Professionally Speaking

The Diversification Dilemma

Is it better to specialize or be a jack-of-all-trades?

Security Advisor

Security, List By List

Security checklists are valuable—but only if you use them. Follow along on Microsoft’s list and harden a server.

Windows Foundation

10-Dot Subnetting

A back-to-basics look at subnetting.

Windows Insider

Getting Carded

Smart cards can dramatically enhance your organization’s security. Here’s what you need to know.


Javelina Releases Active Directory Toolset

Javelina Software, a four-year-old company with a background in Banyan Vines, launched a toolset for Active Directory administrators on Tuesday at the MCP TechMentor conference in San Diego.

Web Services Exams Go Live

Microsoft makes available two more core exams for the MCAD.NET and MCSD.NET tracks.

MCAD Numbers Adding Up

Microsoft issues its first hundred certifications for new developer certification.

The Certification Boat

How would you rather get your MCP: reading books and fiddling with a homemade network in your windowless basement or tooling around Jamaica and the Grand Caymans on a cruise ship?

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