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Introduction to Computer Security [Hardcover]

Michael Goodrich , Roberto Tamassia

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Oct. 15 2010 0321512944 978-0321512949 1

Introduction to Computer Security is a new Computer Security textbook for a new generation of IT professionals. It is ideal for computer-security courses that are taught at the undergraduate level and that have as their sole prerequisites an introductory computer science sequence (e.g., CS 1/CS 2).


Unlike most other computer security textbooks available today, Introduction to Computer Security, 1e does NOT focus on the mathematical and computational foundations of security, and it does not assume an extensive background in computer science. Instead it looks at the systems, technology, management, and policy side of security, and offers students fundamental security concepts and a working knowledge of threats and countermeasures with “just-enough” background in computer science. The result is a presentation of the material that is accessible to students of all levels.

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Professors Goodrich and Tamassia are well-recognized researchers in computer security, algorithms and data structures, having published many papers on these subjects, with applications to computer security, cryptography, cloud computing, information visualization, and geometric computing. They have served as principal investigators in several joint projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. They are also active in educational technology research, and they have published several books, including a widely adopted textbook on data structures and algorithms.


Michael Goodrich received his Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University. He is currently a Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of California, Irvine. Previously, he was a professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is an editor for the Journal of Computer and Systems Sciences and the Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications. He is a Fulbright Scholar, a Distinguished Scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the ACM, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


Roberto Tamassia received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently the Plastech Professor of Computer Science and the chair of the Department of Computer Science at Brown University. He is a founder and editor-in-chief for the Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications. He previously served on the editorial board of Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications and IEEE Transactions on Computers. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


In addition to their research accomplishments, the authors also have extensive experience in the classroom. For example, Goodrich has taught data structures and algorithms courses, including Data Structures as a freshman-sophomore level course, Applied Cryptography as a sophomore- junior level course, and Internet Algorithmics as an upper level course. He has earned several teaching awards in this capacity. Tamassia has taught Data Structures and Algorithms as an introductory freshman-level course and Computational Geometry as an advanced graduate course.  Over the last several years he has developed "Introduction to Computer Systems Security," a new computer security course aimed at sophomores.  His teaching of this course since 2006 has helped to shape the vision and topics of this book.  One thing that has set his teaching style apart is his effective use of interactive hypermedia presentations integrated with the web.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too expensive, for what it is... June 24 2012
By Zen - Published on Amazon.com
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It is clear the author has a good understanding of the topic. The book is over priced. The author frequently uses math formulas to explain things that are not simplified by math formulas. There is a lot of good basic knowledge in the book for someone beginning in Computer Security. I gave it 2 stars because I would have paid a max of $20 for this book, and after my class which used this book, the most valuable thing I learned was a trick for creating strong but easy to remember password.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Required Textbook for a Networking Class Jan. 2 2013
By Sarah Kidd - Published on Amazon.com
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So, I bought this book because it was required for a class I was taking. It was actually pretty easy to read, so I didn't really have to force myself to read it. It was quite refreshing compared to other textbooks I've had to read. Not that I'll probably read it as a night-time story, but I still have it, just in case for future reference. So, overall, not too bad.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some good some bad June 4 2014
By Personof1 - Published on Amazon.com
I am currently using this book for a class i'm taking. It is very good in explaining concepts. Unfortunately, many of the exercises in the first 4 chapters so far come with the expectation that you know how to do advanced programming in several programming languages, and do projects like asking you to write a software keylogger, or write a simulator.

On one hand it says it could be used as the 2nd course in a computer science sequence after the introductory computer science course, and then in the next paragraph says they assume the reader is familiar with a high level programming language and it's main constructs.

If your instructor decides to give you the programming homework and programming is not a prerequisite, like it isn't for my class you might need to learn C++ on the fly and I might need a tutor to get though them.....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like it Dec 24 2013
By Eman - Published on Amazon.com
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it has good content details, very clear and helpful, easy to read it and study it, really i love it
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3.0 out of 5 stars the order of the chapters seems disjointed July 21 2013
By teresa welsh - Published on Amazon.com
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I found the flow of the book challenging and as the headline notes, the chapter order and content with the chapters seems disjointed.

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