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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (Jan. 6 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072227419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072227413
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.1 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover

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

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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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I used Mike Meyers Net+ for the Net+ exam and easily passed. Since I enjoyed his books I grabed this for the Secruity+ exam.
Boy was I surprised when I went into take the exam the test was much more difficult than the book had lead me to believe. Needless to say I did not pass the exam.
The problem is this book does not cover in detail what it needs to cover. It glosses over and gives you 5 sentances where there should be 5 pages!
CompTIA's Security+ exam is not a basic entry lvl exam for grading first year IT persons. No this is the hardest CompTIA exam I have ever taken and this book will not prepare you for the realities of the test.
Take it from someone who knows and has passed the Security+ exam avoid this book and Security+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram SYO-101), for more questions on the Exam Cram 2 book find my review of it.
The book I recommend and was recommended to me is the only book to use is: Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System by Syngress Shinder Books. I have done a review of it so feel free to read it!
Erik; A+, Net+, Security+, soon to be MCSA.
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I am a 12-year computer networking professional with multiple MCP and CNE certifications. I have worked with Windows NT, 2000, and NetWare server security for years, and decided to take the Security+ exam. I spent two months studying from this book. Unfortunately, the book does not go into enough depth on ANY topic. I further used one of the premiere certification practice exams and, as a result, had to do a lot of research and studying beyond the scope of this book. I failed the Security+ exam miserably - this book is a very poor preparation for the Security+ exam and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. As a matter of fact, I told a colleague of mine, who is also studying for the Security+ test, to dump the book and find a different one. More than 70% of the questions on the Security+ exam were NOT covered at all or were covered very, very insufficiently by this book. This book is a tremendous disappointment. I have taken more than a dozen certification exams in the past 8 years and have never been as ill-prepared as I was for this test due to the lack of substance and depth provided in this text.
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I read this book 3 times, did the practice exams and others, and thought I was ready... After the first couple of questions on the exam, I knew I was in for a long morning. The book and practice exams exposed me to a slice of security topics, so I'm the better person for it. BUT, it was supposed to prepare me for the exam. I think it covered approx. 33% of the exam questions. Another 33% of the exam I had to pull from my 20+ yrs of experience in it and some luck. The last 33% of the exam were just guesses on my part, never hearing of some of this stuff.
What a waste, buying this book (yes, I failed, only getting 70% correct). I wonder if buying a [$] book would have been better. There is no way I can take this test again, with a better set of practice tools (books). I am so ... disappointed, wasting my time like this
with this book as a prep.
STAY AWAY, and invest elsewhere.....
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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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