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Mike Meyers’ Security+ Certification Passport [Paperback]

Trevor Kay
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Jan. 6 2003 0072227419 978-0072227413 1

Mike Meyers, the industry expert on professional certification, brings you this concise, affordable, and portable study tool for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. With an intensive focus on only what you need to know to pass this challenging exam plus a free practice test available at www.examweb.com, this book is your ticket to success on exam day.

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From the #1 Name in Professional Certification

Get on the road to becoming a certified Security+ professional with this concise, affordable, and portable study tool. Certification training guru Mike Meyers and author Trevor Kay will guide you on your career path, providing expert tips and sound advice along the way. With an intensive focus on only what you need to know to pass the test, this Certification Passport is your ticket to success on exam day.

About the Series Editor:
Mike Meyers is the best-selling author of four editions of the #1 A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and several other computer books. He is the president and founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands of organizations throughout the world, and a member of CompTIA.


  • Itineraries--List of official exam objectives covered
  • ETAs--Amount of time needed to complete each lesson
  • Travel Advisories--Expert advice on critical topics
  • Local Lingo--Concise definitions of key terms and concepts
  • Travel Assistance--Recommended resources for more information
  • Exam Tips--Common exam pitfalls and solutions
  • Checkpoints--End-of-chapter questions, answers, and explanations
  • Career Flight Path--Career options mapped out to maximize the return from your IT journey

2 Practice Exams on CD Powered by ExamWeb

About the Author

Trevor Kay has been the key security contact at STIHL Limited, and is currently an independent consultant and author. He has served as a Subject Matter Expert for CompTIA on their Server+ and Linux+ certification development and has continuing close ties there – including with the Security+ exam development team. He authored Server+ Certification Bible, Linux+ Certification Bible and co-authored Network+ Certification Bible. His website is www.trevorkay.com.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Grossly inadequate study guide. July 11 2004
Don't believe the glowing reviews. My thoughts are those were just the publisher or auther secretly promoting the book. The truth is this book grossly fails to cover the test objectives completely. I knew right from the start of the exam I was in trouble as the first two questions were nothing like what was covered in the book. Kerberos, Cryptography, Tunneling, and IPSec are just some of the areas this book fails to cover in enough detail. For example, something as simple as the port numbers for PPTP and L2TP weren't even mentioned in the book. Like another review, this book covered about 1/3 my test. I was able to answer another 1/3 of the test due to my 7 years of experience in the field, but even then I only scored 700 on the exam.
This book is more of an intro to network security principles than an actual study guide for the Sec+ exam. Buyer beware!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book is OK, CD is OK... June 10 2004
By A Customer
Content is brief and makes the exam sound easy. Practice exams are OK, but don't fall prey to the "online upgrade"... its BS, the extra $20 only gives you online access to the same questions that are on the CD... I did pass the test with a 860/900 so the book won't hurt, but I'd get some other ones as well...
A good bet for more practice questions would be ExamCram2's "Security+ Practice Questions". It is less than $20 and gives you the MeasureUp practice test CD that is $89 on their website...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time with this one June 8 2004
By A. K.
This book is too brief and gives an illusion that security+ is a very easy test but in reality it is not. I have passed the test with no thanks to this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book right before the exam! May 30 2004
Take your security courses, then read your 800+ page
text book then the night before the Security+ Exam read this book. I found it to be exactly what I needed right before the exam. These types of cram books are great for cramming the facts into your head right before the exam.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in becoming Security+ certified.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not deep enough and dident cover all areas April 19 2004
By A Customer
I have taken the test twice now. First time i took it with no preperation and got a 640. I got the book, studied it and got a 760, both fails. I was getting in the 90's on both prep exams provided with the book. The two tests were extremely different and the Meyers book would have gotten me past the first test, but was almost no help for the second. It is a good book to for a beginner but not for an actual test prep.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but very repetitive March 16 2004
I used this, exam cram and troytek test killer to pass the Security plus.
This was definitely the worst of the three. I saw many of the same concepts repeated several times. Now I know that repetition is important (chapter review), but I saw the same concepts taught as if they were new several times, in several different chapters.
My major problem was with the lack of difficulty of the questions. Now I know that CompTia is notorious for fairly difficult questions, but when I got 98% on the practice tests for this book, and 50% on the other tests, I knew that this book was doing an incorrect assesment of my abilities.
As always multiple sources of education - practical experience, course work and definitely multiple books are the key to certification.
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Trevor Kay's recent most recent certification book is targeted at those attempting the CompTIA's Security +, described as an increasingly popular entry-level security exam.
As with all books in Mike Meyers' Passport Series, the underlying theme is not depth, but the focus is on what you need to know to past the exam. However, Trevor did organize the book well and you do come away with a good overview of what the info security field is composed off (and hopefully an exam pass!)
There are very few info-sec exams that focus on looking at everything in a wider perspective, identifying, touching on and bringing you up-to-speed with all the many sub info-security fields. That's what Security + is about, an overview, a something to start with, meaning of course entry level.
With that in mind, Trevor Kay's book comes true to its purpose. Covering topics such as:
General Security Concepts: Access Control and Authentication | Attacks, Malicious Code and Social Engineering
Communication Security: Remote Access | Web Security | Wireless Security
Infrastructure Security: Devices and Media Security | Security Topologies and Intrusion Detection | Understanding Security Baselines
Basics of Cryptography: Understating Algorithms | Key Management/ Certificate Lifecycle
Operational/ Organizational Security: Physical Security Issues | Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity | Policy Procedures and Privilege Management | Forensics, Risk Management, Education and Documentation
[+] Well organized
[-] Minor mistakes, some errata
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in depth Aug. 29 2003
By A Customer
I passed the exam, but I wouldn't say that this book was a great help in that regard.
I thought this book was too superficial in its coverage; if I hadn't had prior experience there would have been questions I would have missed simply because the book didn't even bring it up. There was even one instance on the exam where the terminology used was different than the terminology defined in the book.
Bottom line is that I wouldn't suggest using this book, even as a quick review before the test.
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