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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; Pap/DVD edition (March 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931836728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931836722
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 19 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,333,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Laine Jones on Jan. 16 2006
Format: Hardcover
There is no way anyone could give this book 5 stars. Dont fall into this trap. The 5 star reviews are from people close to the author. Dont waste your money.
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To the reviewer who said that the author(s) are not Security+ certified: I am one of the authors on this book and am in fact Security+ certified, as I believe all of us are. However, this did not make it into the book at the time the bios were printed.
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I find it hard to believe that a book that has been out for over 2 years doesn't have some type of update. After reading the first chapter and going through the self test questions I was disappointed. Figures were out of place in the appendix, and 2/20 questions were ambiguous at best. Also, I guess next time I get a cert book, I will make sure at least one of the authors or technical editors has that certification. Yeah, they have higher level certs but I believe anyone interested in writing a good/great cert book would at least have that certification themselves.
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I would recommend this book along with the Exam Cram 2 book. The coverage of exam points was very detailed, and I remember several questions that seemed to be very close to word-for-word from the Syngess book (I am not suggesting foul play by any means). If you had to study from one source (I would not recommend doing so at all), this would be the book I would suggest.
If you also want some real-world coverage, this book does a good job with examples, etc.
Having said that, I found the DVD instructor-based training virually useless. I thought it would be great to have that extra, but the guy really does nothing but read the bold print, do a little explaining, and answer some obviously staged questions. Also, the practice exams from this book are not very good. I recommend the exams from Exam Cram 2.
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The security+ study guide is a book written as an aid to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam, an entry level exam. For people new in the security field, it offers a basic and wide overview of common security aspects and principles. For security professionals, the book is not suitable and a disappointment.
For 'new' people it might be useful - but be careful! The book contains lots of fluff and should be handled with caution as it contains faults.
Some notes: some chapters are too vague and a real laugh for this exam and offers no essential foundation for the "real world" or the exam (e.g. firewalls, cryptography, SSL, ...) while other chapters are packed with badly written technical explanations at a high rate (e.g. wireless chapter). Also, how are you able to understand important wireless issues when the crypto chapter is
positioned after the wireless chapter and doesn't offer almost any decent crypto basis at all?
Basic exercises are weak and might result in a wrong impression or understanding of security oriented actions and terms - that might result in a false sense of security.
The quality of the DVD lectures is very low and a waste of (your valuable study) time. It offers no or little additional value to the book.
Also note that the practice test is only available online through the website of Syngress.
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The security+ study guide is a book written as an aid to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam, an entry level exam. For people new in the security field, it offers a basic and wide overview of common security aspects and principles. For security professionals, the book is not suitable and a disappointment.
For 'new' people it might be useful - but be careful! The book contains lots of fluff and should be handled with caution as it contains faults.
Some notes: some chapters are too vague and a real laugh for this exam and offers no essential foundation for the "real world" or the exam (e.g. firewalls, cryptography, SSL, ...) while other chapters are packed with badly written technical explanations at a high rate (e.g. wireless chapter). Also, how are you able to understand important wireless issues when the crypto chapter is
positioned after the wireless chapter and doesn't offer almost any decent crypto basis at all?
Basic exercises are weak and might result in a wrong impression or understanding of security oriented actions and terms - that might result in a false sense of security.
The quality of the DVD lectures is very low and a waste of (your valuable study) time. It offers no or little additional value to the book.
Also note that the practice test is only available online through the website of Syngress.
Review by: Stijn Huyghe (stijn.huyghe@thti.telindus.be).
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By A Customer on Dec 24 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just passed my exam with a narrow escape of 788. This book did definitely play a major role in my preparation. But, I should also admit that I wouldn't have passed the exam if I relied on this book alone. Even though this book covers most of the details, there are a couple of drawbacks too. 1) It lacks a good number of practice questions. 2) There are some typos 3) At least in my opinion, it's not comprehensive. As some people were, you should be lucky enough not to get anything beyond the scope of this book if you want to pass the exam by relying only on this book. But my personal experience is that I did come across some details in the exam that were never covered in the book. The Boson practice tests came to my rescue. There are a total of 3 tests and you can get about 800 questions which are very very useful. Some of the questions I encountered in the exam were exactly the same as those in the practice tests with different wordings though.
My advice to future test takers is to read this book covering every little detail and buy some practice questions instead of trying different books. Especially test#2 and test#3 from Boson have some good questions. It is as much important to practice as many questions as you can as it is to read good comprehensive material.
Mike Meyers' Security+ Certification Passport is total waste of money. I found it to be utterly useless. If you are buying this Study guide, don't buy the passport.
I also tried the book from Microsoft press. It's even less comprehensive than the Study guide. Other than that no big complaints about the MS's book. But I liked the Study Guide much better especially the presentation of topics. The topics in the Microsoft's book were so jumbled up that I had to refer to the contents all time to see into which domain the topics fall.
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