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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (Feb. 20 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131118293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131118294
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 17.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
Inside the Security Mind:
Making the Tough Decisions
Kevin Day
Prentice Hall 2003
Isbn 0-13-111829-3
Inside the Security Mind is an easy read geared for the novice and as well as the seasoned pro. It starts with the basics and develops a good path to higher security concepts.
Well written with the focus on developing a good security program and implementing training, Inside the Security Mind will guide you through the steps necessary to allow you to define your security goals and policies. Inside the Security Mind was written with the premise in mind, best defined on page 283, which states:
" the evolution of security will not come through technology, but through awareness."
This book is great for helping to develop your own security and training policies and programs, including appendices complete with outlines and web resources to help setup basic computer security training classes within any organization and keep current with ongoing developments. Inside the Security Mind has comprehensive examples and comparisons through out the text demonstrating how to define security guidelines and setting rules by using risk and threat tables.
Written in simple layman's terms Inside the Security Mind starts with an overview of the realities of computer security including the positive and negative risks and covers subjects such as:

Good guys and bad guys: who really is a hacker and who is not. The 4 types of common hackers, who they are, what they are usually targeting and the most common exploits used for attack.
Allows you assess your necessary considerations, efforts, focus and education required to define your security policies and procedures.
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By Roland Buresund on Aug. 30 2003
Format: Paperback
A very interesting book, that tries a new approach to security, and tries to avoid the mumbo-jumbo of IT-security and still be valid in a business environment.
Well worth reading, especially his 8 rules, that I decided to adhere to in my future security evaluations.
Don't understand what I'm talking about? Read the book, you will probably find it an enlightening experience (in parts) what regards security.
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The book provides an excellent holistic approach to information security.
It is highly recommended.
It is not an attempt to be a security cure all, but rather a structured and methodical approach to security.
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"Inside the security kind" is a quality high-level security book. The book has some nice elements, not found elsewhere. While the content can be found in many other sources, the book excels in material organization. Four virtues of security and eight rules of security provide great summary for those who know the material and represent a great pedagogical approach to it for those who doesn't. Rules of least privilege, of trust, of change, of separation, of the weakest link, etc might sound like simple manifestations of common sense, but are crucial for understanding and implementing security measures.
The book also shares interesting insight on making security decisions using the above eight rules, such as how to estimate risks and design a security architecture. Another interesting topic is the material on building a security team, selecting staff, interviewing. It has a somewhat balanced analysis on hiring hackers, outsourcing security and other "hot" topics in security community.
Among the book drawbacks is that some "analysis" of hackers looks slightly naïve and obtained from books, rather than the real world. The "practical" section serves as illustration of the rules, rather than a complete HOWTO guide.
Anton Chuvakin, Ph.D., GCIA, GCIH is a Senior Security Analyst with a major information security company. His areas of infosec expertise include intrusion detection, UNIX security, forensics, honeypots, etc. In his spare time, he maintains his security portal info-secure.org
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If you are looking for a straight to the point security book, Inside the Security Mind makes for a very good read.
Day takes a holistic view of network security and uses that methodology to forge a system to approaching computer security and risk.
Inside the Security Mind: Making the Tough Decisions takes a high level approach to security. If you are looking for details on how to secure Active Directory or similar; this is not the book. But if you are looking to find out how to determine the risk of deploying Active Directory or similar technology in a large-enterprise, Inside the Security Mind shoes the way in which to approach that endeavor.
Overall, Inside the Security Mind is a very readable reference. It is light on acronyms, fluff and filler (the dirge of many security books) and heavy on methodology and direction.
If you are interested in determining how to deal with security and risk for your enterprise network, Inside the Security Mind is a good place to start.
While the full title is Inside the Security Mind: Making the Tough Decisions; after reading the book, making the tough security decisions won't be so difficult.
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I could not agree more with Stephen Northcutt's Review of Inside the Security Mind. I see this book as a bold and Powerful new approach to thinking about infosec. The rules of security are well thought-out and very effective. Look at a server, a company, a policy, a relationship, and you can evaluate them all through the same series of methodical rules. The language is very eloquent and the style is extremely read-able. I really feel this book should be required reading for anyone wanting to learn Security! The first 1/2 of the book is the best, and the second 1/2 is great for the "practical examples" of how all the peaces fit in the real world works. One big note here: THIS BOOK is NOT for the Tech-Geek looking for a new way to tweak his techy skills. This is book is for those SERIOUS about learning what INFORMATION SECURITY is all about.
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