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Security+ Study Guide [Hardcover]

Michael Pastore
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Book Description

Feb. 21 2003 078214098X 978-0782140989 Har/Cdr
Here's the book you need to prepare for CompTIA's Security+ Exam SYO-101. This Sybex Study Guide provides:

- Full coverage of every exam objective - Practical information on network hardware - Hundreds of challenging practice questions, in the book and on the CD - Leading-edge exam preparation software, including a testing engine and electronic flashcards

Authoritative coverage of all exam objectives, including:

- General Security Concepts - Communication Security - Infrastructure Security - Basics of Cryptography - Operational and Organizational Security


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Here's the book you need to prepare for CompTIA's Security+ exam. This updated edition of the best-selling Security+ Study Guide was developed to meet the exacting requirements of today's certification candidates and aspiring IT security professionals. In addition to the consistent and accessible instructional approach that has earned Sybex the "Best Study Guide" selection in the 2003 CertCities Readers Choice Awards, this book provides:
  • Clear and concise information on crucial security topics
  • Practical examples and insights drawn from real-world experience
  • Leading-edge exam preparation software, including a test engine and electronic flashcards

You'll also find authoritative coverage of key exam topics, including:
  • General Security Concepts
  • Communication Security
  • Infrastructure Security
  • Basics of Cryptography
  • Operational and Organizational Security

Look to Sybex for the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive IT marketplace.

This book has been reviewed and approved as CompTIA Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC). Students derive a number of important study advantages with CAQC materials, including coverage of all exam objectives, implementation of important instructional design principles, and instructional reviews that help students assess their learning comprehension and readiness for the exam.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Michael Pastore, MCP, A+, Network+, i-Net+, has worked in IT for over 25 years, and currently does consulting in systems implementation for the Shepherd Group in Bellevue, Washington. Michael has been involved in 30 computer books on topics ranging from A+ Certification to Windows 2000 Infrastructure Security.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good information - Bad for studying for a test Oct. 6 2003
Format:Hardcover
I agree with sadly disappointed. I found the information good, but not enough to pass the Security + test (not even enough to pass its own practice tests. I haven't taken the test yet, but am nervous about doing it because of the results of the practice tests (and I have been reading about 3 different books on the subject).
Many of the answers are not in the book, at least if they are you cannot find them. If you try to find it in the index - good luck. Sometimes the answers are totally different in the test than in the book.
Here is an example. In the book, it has a large section on Incident Response. The diagram they give show a circle with the order as identifying, investigating, repairing and adjusting procedures (identifying is a the bottom - I would have expect it to be at the top). At the beginning, the book gives the order as identifying, investigating, repairing, documenting and adjusting procedures, which is what one of the questions on Incident Response gives. Except that when you read the whole section, it says that during the entire process you should be documenting - therefore it shouldn't be in the step order (as one question has it before the recovery and one after).
Then on the other practice test the question is:
What are the six phases, in the correct order, of incidence response. Six? I only counted 4 or 5 (if you count documentation as a step).
Guess what the answer is? Not what you were told in the book.
Preparation, identification, containment, eradication, recovery and follow up.
If you look at the suggested answer on the test, it says - This order was originally designated by SANS. WHAT ???? The is no where in the IR section. Maybe in some obscure section, which I have been unable to find. But this is just an example of it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to par with the usual Sybex standards Aug. 5 2003
Format:Hardcover
I have to say that in the end I was disappointed by this book. It is definitely not one of the better Sybex books. I made the critical mistake of using only this book for the exam and I failed! Not unlike one of the other reviewers, this is the first cert exam I have ever failed (I have 5 other cert exams under my belt).
As several of the other reviewers correctly pointed out, many of the critical topics covered by the book simply do not go into enough detail and there are numerous key concepts that are missed completely (don't believe me - try looking up information on an FTP Bounce Attack, a Callback or a Virus Life Cycle in this book just to name a few, they aren't covered). This book is too verbose when considering how much of the necessary core data for the Security+ exam is not covered in the book. I know this now because I have since bought a different book (Security+ Prep Guide by Wiley Publishing) to re-prepare for the exam and I am amazed at how much the Sybex book left out. Also, there are several typos and wrong answers to test questions found throughout the book, but this is a First Edition, so that's to be expected.
Based on my previous statements you might think that I hated the book, on the contrary, I did actually enjoy reading it and found that the information it did cover was explained in fairly simple terms. Unfortunately, I would say that unless you had previous experience in IT Security, which I have had a limited amount of, you will definitely need to supplement this book with other resources in order to pass the exam. It hits the target......but is no where near a bull's eye!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Security+ attainable. March 24 2003
Format:Hardcover
Sybex is a leader in certification technical study guides and once again they have released a first rate effort for the Security+ exam. Pastore tackles each exam objective with clear and detailed information which is right on target with the newest CompTIA release.

Pastore has broken down the exam into 10 chapters; each chapter builds a foundation that will give a great chance of passing the exam on the first try. I like the idea of having the notes and warnings spread out throughout the book, this gives the reader some real world experience to work with.

Chapters 5 & 6, which deal with network security, are excellent guides not only for the exam but also for the real world. Pastore has done an excellent job of taking apart the exam with this book.

Each chapter has practice questions and the cdrom included has practice test in various formats. Whether you are trying to break into the security field or have several years of working experience, this book has something for everyone.

Overall this book would rival any others on the market today. One thing that I think adds tremendous credibility to this book is that the technical editor is David Groth. Together they have added another success effort to Sybex's already extensive library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opening, Practical and Authoritative March 27 2003
Format:Hardcover
It is clear that Mr. Pastore has done his homework. What I liked about it was that it addressed a wide range of issues at just the right level of detail to make it compelling as well as understandable. The illustrations were straightforward and clear, the narrative tracked well with the illustrations and topics were nicely organized. Another feature I liked was that many of the chapters are readable on their own, so that the reader can pick the topics of interest without struggling throught a lot of peripheral information. Mr. Pastore's style is direct and clear - rare attributes in competing computing security books - and invites the reader to stay engaged. I highly recommend this book, not only for computing professionals, but also any computer users, at home or at work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars USE THE FLASH CARDS
THE FLASH CARDS ARE VERY HELPFULL IN HELPING PREPARING FOR THE EXAM AS FOR THE OVER ALL BOOK, USE THIS BOOK AS A SUPPLEMENT.
Published on May 8 2004 by Neptune
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Dissappointment from Sybex
As with their A+ and Network+ books, there are several technical mistakes. I don't know who their technical editors are, but getting something as remedial public key encryption... Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by Jeremy NeeDLE
1.0 out of 5 stars Erroneous data - Don't Buy
Upon quick review I stumbled upon Pastore's definition of a digital signature and how it works. It's WRONG ! The sender's private key is used for signing. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Disappointed
I enjoyed reading this book and learned quite a bit. Unfortunately, I did not learn enough of the things I needed to pass the Sec+ exam. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as all that!
Make sure you have Network+ first then read, re-read and re-read again before the exam.
Published on Aug. 7 2003 by Mr KC HUTCHINSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the better Sybex books
I read this book along with a couple of the others to study for the exam, and I don't think this book is of the same quality as many other Sybex study guides, which I usually like... Read more
Published on May 23 2003 by Spencer Tillman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great review book!
This was the only book that I read prior to taking the test and I passed with flying colors! The descriptions were informative and overall, this was a great book to study from. Read more
Published on May 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Passed Exam with this book
I just took the exam and passed it. I used this book and it was a big help. The content was really easy to understand and straight forward. Read more
Published on April 28 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy
Terrible book... don't waste your money. Lot's of errors.
Published on April 20 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
I found many more errors than I expected, including some wrong answers to the test questions. Also, many typos and inconsistent coverage. Read more
Published on April 5 2003
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