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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (Aug. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071771409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071771405
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 4.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #559,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Glen E. Clarke, MCSE, MCDBA, MCSD, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, works as a technical trainer and consultant for GigaBlink Technologies Inc., a computer training and consulting company where he teaches courses on Windows, SQL Server, Exchange Server, A+, Visual Basic, ASP, and security-related topics. He is author of CompTIA Network+ Certification Study Guide, Fourth Edition, and coauthor of Mike Meyers' CompTIA Network+ Certification Passport, Third Edition, and other books. Glen is also an active member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA).


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By Don on March 18 2012
Format: Paperback
Glen asked me to review the Network+ and Security+ books as for the past 5 years I have taught these courses along with many other advanced network and security courses for the Federal government.
I have read this book and really like the layout. Where I felt the book required more explanation there was always supplemental information, and I would often catch myself watching the videos ahead of where I was reading. I have these books at my desk and like to reference them when needed as the information in these books (Net+ and Security+) is very useful in my work but not used regularly enough to not need a reference manual. The author provides a very clear description of the topic, then gives an example and for the most part finishes off with an exercise to reinforce understanding. As a quick refresher I would normally just run through an exercise. I like the "on the job" comments.
I use the certification books as reference guides in my work environment as this is what I am familiar with. The layout is clean, direct and CompTIA is such a recognised name never hurts to have that on the wall in your office. Currently I am a Migration Engineer that migrates networks from IBM and Novell to Windows and cloud environments.
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I have used several of Glen's books to study for certification exams. They have all been excellent and well written. This one is no different. I wrote my Security+ exam just before Christmas 2012 and it was a breeze. This book was a huge factor in making sure that I was ready. The book is well laid out and clearly moves you through the required topics. As in all of Glen's books the review questions are very helpful, relevant and confirm that you have remembered the necessary details. The Certification Summary and the Two-Minute Drills at the end of each chapter are a great review tool and study aid, especially in the days just before you write the exam. The book itself is an easy read and you never find yourself struggling to understand the concepts, Glen explains everything clearly and concisely. If you want to write the Security+ certification then do yourself a favour and buy this book.
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By Cory Cote on July 20 2012
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The Author has done an amazing job with this book. I have been instructing IT Security courses for many years now and finally a book that focuses on the exam as well lots of practical experience for my students. After reviewing several options I would highly recommend this book hands down over most books out there on the market. I find it very easy to read and have an excellent layout. I am fully confident that my students will be successful on the exam with this material. So far we had 100% success rate on passing SY0-301 and I am very confident we will maintain that percentage. This book carries a lot of value.
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By dmo on July 23 2013
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It covers most of the materials in the exam. Need to do a number of practice exams online to get the confidence..
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easy to read Nov. 14 2011
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book end-to-end while preparing for my SY0-301 Security+ exam, which I recently passed at first try (fyi, I'm not a sys admin so I don't exactly have the on the job experience so I relied heavily on the book).
Glen Clarke's book is well written and I found it to be easy to follow and not a dry read at all! However, I really don't think just reading this book alone will get you a passing score on the test.

The review questions at the end of each chapter were very helpful and allowed me to test my grasp of the topics covered. By the way, one reason the book has so many pages compared to others is that the answer page for the end of chapter questions also contains the questions! I found this to be a real convenience as I didn't have to flip back to the questions pages but it isn't the best use of paper.

During my prep, I also went through the review questions on Wm. Arthur Conklin's book (isbn# 9780071771474) and realized that I scored poorly in the following chapters of Conklin's book:
1. Regulatory laws, privacy and ethics (There was no coverage of these topics in Glen's book!)
2. Types of attacks/Malicious software
3. Email and IM security

So I read those 3 chapters in Conklin's book to buff up. However, in the version of the exam I took, I don't believe I faced many questions related to #1 other than HIPAA.

I also went through Glen Clarke's Security+ Practice Exams book (isbn#0071771204)while preparing for the test and found the questions to be very helpful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A must if you want to pass the exam and need a reference for daily operations July 5 2012
By Allen W - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
And now you have found that the computer security needs of your network need attention and YOU need the proper skills and the certification to handle the unknown tasks ahead..... Do not look at another book until you read this!!!!!! A lot of books offered here on Amazon help you with getting your certifications for multiple areas of the IT world.... that is all good.... However? Too find a set of books in one package that not only assist you on understanding the CompTia Security + certification requirements and provide a level of education that sets the stage for your ability to pass the exam, You can also use the HUGE assortment of training videos, plus the author (Glen E. Clarke) has placed all the click by click instructions in all the chapters that pertain to the security challenge you have at hand. I used this set of books (the box set with this book, practice exam book and cd's) and videos as a pure classroom environment and was NEVER disappointed with the results. I am network tech/administrator/go to geek at the body shop I work at for 12 years now. I need to be updated on handling the computer security needs that our organization is facing. I saw this book set and only wanted it for the CD's, the entire package upgraded my education. I chose to take 2 months, 7 days a week (after work and full weekend studies) to focus on this education to help with me with our computer security challenges at work and prepare for the Security + certification exam. I took the Exam yesterday and passed with an 800. Not bad for a 41 year old geek who did not respect these certifications. The other side of this book is that you can use it as a guide for daily operations AND!!!!! The author himself answers his emails!!!!!! You will make a HUGE mistake if you do not put this book set on your shelf as reference and in your path to obtain the CompTia Securiy + certification.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Only Study Material I Used - Highly Recommend July 5 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Just took the exam Monday (02July2012) after not touching this book for a few months. I went back to it, took the master exam provided a handful of times, brushed up on a few things I didn't hold in my head (which algorithms are symmetric or asymmetric, what hashing algorithms create a xNumberOfBitsHash, and a couple other things). All in all did about a 3 day "brush up" study. Passed the exam (825 on a scale of 900).

This is the only study material I used. Great book, easy read, highly recommend.

On the downside - the exam engine that is used kinda sucks. When you complete the exam, you can view a report of how you did. The report is simply a list of the questions you got wrong with what the right answers are. There's no mention of what answer you marked, so you can't see what you picked or why it was wrong. That's kind of annoying.

So, outside of the functionality of the exam engine (the flashcards are pretty cool though), great book.

-Alan
A+, Net+, Security+, MCTS, MCSA

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
AMAZING READ.. Sept. 18 2012
By Cory Cote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best Security books on the market. I've been an IT Security Instructor for the past 15 years and we use the manual in our classroom. Currently we are 3 for 3 with students taking this class and using the material in this book to pass the certification. With it great practical exercises it really helps my students understand the concepts a lot better. Thank you for such a great read.
Excellent Certification/Reference manual April 14 2012
By Don - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Glen asked me to review the Network+ and Security+ books as for the past 5 years I have taught these courses along with many other advanced network and security courses for the Federal government.
I have read this book and really like the layout. Where I felt the book required more explanation there was always supplemental information, and I would often catch myself watching the videos ahead of where I was reading. I have these books at my desk and like to reference them when needed as the information in these books (Net+ and Security+) is very useful in my work but not used regularly enough to not need a reference manual. The author provides a very clear description of the topic, then gives an example and for the most part finishes off with an exercise to reinforce understanding. As a quick refresher I would normally just run through an exercise. I like the "on the job" comments.
I use the certification books as reference guides in my work environment as this is what I am familiar with. The layout is clean, direct and CompTIA is such a recognised name never hurts to have that on the wall in your office. Currently I am a Migration Engineer that migrates networks from IBM and Novell to Windows and cloud environments.


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