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Computer Security Basics [Paperback]

Rick Lehtinen , G. T., Sr. Gangemi
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June 23 2006 0596006691 978-0596006693 2

This is the must-have book for a must-know field. Today, general security knowledge is mandatory, and, if you who need to understand the fundamentals, Computer Security Basics 2nd Edition is the book to consult.

The new edition builds on the well-established principles developed in the original edition and thoroughly updates that core knowledge. For anyone involved with computer security, including security administrators, system administrators, developers, and IT managers, Computer Security Basics 2nd Edition offers a clear overview of the security concepts you need to know, including access controls, malicious software, security policy, cryptography, biometrics, as well as government regulations and standards.

This handbook describes complicated concepts such as trusted systems, encryption, and mandatory access control in simple terms. It tells you what you need to know to understand the basics of computer security, and it will help you persuade your employees to practice safe computing.

Topics include:
  • Computer security concepts
  • Security breaches, such as viruses and other malicious programs
  • Access controls
  • Security policy
  • Web attacks
  • Communications and network security
  • Encryption
  • Physical security and biometrics
  • Wireless network security
  • Computer security and requirements of the Orange Book
  • OSI Model and TEMPEST

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Provides a broad introduction to the many areas of computer security and a detailed description of current security standards. This handbook describes complicated concepts like trusted systems, encryption, and mandatory access control in simple terms, and contains a thorough, readable introduction to the "Orange Book." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rick Lehtinen started his career in electronic communications, from installing two-way radios to building television stations and satellite uplink facilities. Frequent contribution of articles to the trade press led to a position as an editor at Broadcast Engineering magazine, as well as a sister publication, Video Systems, which was followed by nationwide travel promoting desktop video production as "Dr. Video".After relocating to Phoenix, Lehtinen researched and produced marketing information for the semiconductor industry. This lead to a survey of computers and networking, which field eventually became a passion. Lehtinen financed his studies by teaching and writing, and is on the adjunct faculty of several community colleges and vocational schools. As a course writer for the Cisco Network Academy, he has worked with materials from conception through post-production, including learner assessment and the creation of annoying multiple choice questions. Lehtinen holds certifications in computer security (CISSP), networking (CCNP, CCDP), and telecommunications design (BICSII RCDD) and is the author of Computer Security Basics, 2/E. His hobbies include spending time with his family, playing the tuba, and writing about complimentary/alternative medical technologies.

G.T. Gangemi, Sr., is Director of Wang Laboratories' Secure Systems Program. The Wang organization mirrors the structure of the U.S. government's Information Security (INFOSEC) program, encompassing computer security (COMPUSEC), communications security (COMSEC), TEMPEST, and physical access. Mr. Gangemi is responsible for all Wang security-related products designed for government and commercial use. He has previously held management positions at Wang in a variety of areas, including research and development, product management and marketing, account management, and business planning. He attended La Salle College and the Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He served in the U.S. Army and is a private pilot.

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There's a rather funny scene in HACKERS in which some nerds are quizzing the mysterious new kid about his "Red Book," "Orange Book," et al. It's supposed to be way over the viewer's head ... but after reading this book, you'll chuckle at the pedestrian writing. O'Reilly explains all. The publisher really ought to retitle this "ADP Security Manager in 21 days." No kidding. This book covers the basic issues, the references, the standards, specifics. It goes deeper, though, to explain WHY, with more than a healthy dose of historical background on the evolution of computer security. Also easily overlooked: a cogent explanation of most computer virus issues. And it's all done in witty, plain language writing that's a breeze to assimilate. For anyone who's preparing to manage a LAN/WAN, or has wondered why "the people upstairs" enforce particular policies, this is THE book to start with, no exception. For armchair 'net enthusiasts, this is still the first, best source for an understanding of online security issues. Seriously: walk into most shops and server rooms, and ask, "Where's your yellow, O'Reilly computer security book?" Chances are, it's nearby, with the spine well broken and worn.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Less Than Basic Basics Fails To Keep Up To Date April 23 2001
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The problem all computer books have is that they are almost out of date before they reach the bookstore as things change so quickly and unfortunately this 10 year old book, although okay for the casual reader who may want an understanding of security generally, is a dinosaur concentrating on old technologies, orange book concepts and not even touching on modern problems like distributed denial of service, e-mail viruses etc. Very disappointing for an O'Reilly book. An update is long overdue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best available introduction to the topic... April 18 2001
This book is a more introductory, and a more theoretical than something like "Practical UNIX & Internet Security, 2nd Edition" (By Simson Garfinkel & Gene Spafford, published by O'Reilly & Assoc.), but it is still a vital book on the topic.
Definitely a must-have for the bookshelf of any Unix or Security administrator, and a good idea for anyone to read if they are working in the IT field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to infosec Dec 21 2000
While Computer Security Basics is slightly outdated, it nonetheless provides a good introduction to computer security.
It gives a great overview of the DoD Orange Book, but the Orange Book is now obsolete and is replaced by the Common Criteria.
Hopefully, the authors Russell & Gangemi are worlking on an update, as they are excellent writers.
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By tmaioli
Its not bad and as a start, but I would recommend something newer than 1991. It covers the Governments Orange book very well, but I wish it had more illastrations to clearify concepts. Like just about any other computer book, if you really want to know something, one book is never enough.
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