Administrative Tools & Resources


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Detecting a Security Breach

Administrative Tools and Resources

  • Nitro: UCSC web100-based network configuration tester
  • UCSC Network Statistics
  • ITS-Supported Operating Systems
  • Geektools WHOIS: web based tool for querying various WHOIS servers for owners of domains or IPs
  • Macintosh Security: A site devoted to Apple Macintosh security and Mac OS X Security.
  • Windows Security: In-depth information and deployment procedures for Windows-based security, including security management using the Microsoft Security Configuration Tool Set, support for IP Security, the Encrypting File System, Public Key Infrastructure, smart cards, and Kerberos.
  • Microsoft Windows Update: Windows Update is the online extension of Windows that helps you to keep your computer up-to-date.
  • Microsoft Office Update: The Office Product Updates site is the online extension of Office that helps you keep your Office products up-to-date.
  • Windows 2000 Hardening Guide: A Microsoft published document that provides administrator guidance for how to set up and configure secure Windows 2000 systems in several scenarios. This document is a baseline for other hardening guides published by Microsoft.
  • Securing IIS: A Microsoft published document that lists some recommendations and best practices to secure a server on the Web running Microsoft Windows 2000 and Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.

Security-Related Software

  • McAfee's Avert Stinger. Stinger is a stand-alone utility from McAfee used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection. Please refer to UCSC's computer virus information page.
  • SSH (Secure Shell). Enables secure terminal sessions and file transfers to and from ssh-enabled servers. It also enables the secured use of networked applications over untrusted networks.
  • PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). Provides secure data storage and secure messaging for individuals using mainstream email applications.
  • Free Personal Firewalls. Protects systems from intruders while preventing unauthorized access from your system to a network (containment).
  • LastPass: Secure password vault tool. Also 1password, Password Wallet, and KeePass (PC) / KeyPassX (Mac).
  • TCPView. This tool, for Windows 9x, Windows NT (4/5) and Windows XP, will graphically show all active network connections on your computer and the programs that are holding those connections open. This can be useful for finding out which programs are opening network connections and who they are communicating with (typically, trojan software will open a network connection to a controlling server so that it can receive commands).
  • PsTools: This is a collection of utilities for Windows NT (4/5) and Windows XP provides, via the command line, the functionality of several unix utilities such as "ps" and "kill". Sorry, there's no Windows 9x version.