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Consumer Alert: RI National Guard Lieutenant Colonel tells you how to stop a cyber-attack

“I do think there's a shortage of the ‘how-tos,’ and that was some of the reason why I wanted to get that out to the community,” Lt. Col. Alan White of the Rhode Island National Guard said of his book, "Blue Team Field Manual." (WJAR)

From federal government hacks, to small business data breaches, cyber-attacks are frequently making headlines.

But, how do you stop them?

“Blue Team Field Manual,” which was published in January 2017, will walk you through the process.

Lt. Col. Alan White of the Rhode Island National Guard said the book started as an Excel spreadsheet almost 15 years ago. As the number of cyber-attacks grew, so did his spreadsheet.

Now, it’s a 144-page manual on how to handle a wide variety cyber incidents.

It's all Greek to most of us, but if you work in IT, Blue Team Field Manuel is a game changer. No fluff. Just a step-by-step guide on how to handle a wide variety of cyber security incidents.

“I do think there's a shortage of the ‘how-tos,’ and that was some of the reason why I wanted to get that out to the community,” said White. “Give the community the same chance to use the commands that experts would use.”

That's right, Blue Team Field Manual isn't just for lieutenant colonels. Even the IT department in your office could use it to combat a cyber threat.

White said he's been working on the book for more than 10 years. Over the last decade, cyber threats have evolved dramatically.

“Threats back in 2000 to 2003 were much easier to detect, they were very loud,” said White. “The attacks were in plain English, you could actually see the words, ‘I am a bot, I am taking over this computer,’”

White said today's attacks are much more difficult to detect -- and stop. That’s where Blue Team Field Manual comes in.

The book went on sale in January. It's already Amazon's #4 bestselling computer and security book.

“Some of the comments were, ‘Bout time!,’ ‘We needed this,’” said White. “So, that was good feedback.”

As for a second edition?

“While this book does a great job helping teams out there quickly and go through the incident, I think there's actually a book now that needs to go below that,” said White. “Think about the CSI type of approach, the deep forensics.”

While White is an active member of the National Guard, his book is not a Dept. of Defense endorsed product.

To purchase the book, click here.

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