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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; Pap/DVD edition (March 1 2003)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 1931836728
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931836722
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 4 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,514,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Michael Cross (MCSE, MCP+I, CNA, Network+) is an Internet Specialist and Programmer with the Niagara Regional Police Service, and has also served as their Network Administrator. Norris L. Johnson, Jr. (MCSA, MCSE, MCT, CTT+, A+, Network +, CCNA) is a technology trainer and owner of a consulting company in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Debra Littlejohn Shinder is a former Police Sergeant and Police Academy Instructor, turned IT professional. She and her husband, Dr. Thomas W. Shinder, have provided network consulting services to businesses and municipalities, conducted training at colleges and technical training centers, and spoken at seminars around the country. Robert J. Shimonski (CCDP, CCNP, NNCSS, MCSE, MCP+I, Master CNE, CIP, CIBS, CWP, CIW, GSEC, GCIH, Server+, Network+, Inet+, A+) is a lead network and security engineer for Thomson Industries, Inc. Robert's specialties include network infrastructure design with the Cisco and Nortel product line, network security ! design and management with CiscoSecure and PIX Firewalls, network management and troubleshooting with CiscoWorks and Sniffer-based technologies, and systems engineering and administration with Microsoft NT/2000/XP, UNIX, Linux, Apple, and Novell Netware technologies.

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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
Well, you'd better know your acronyms. I don't mean for the test, I mean to use this book. There are many, many acronyms used in this book that are not defined, which I always find annoying. I kept the techweb online dictionary open while I used the book. I haven't taken the test yet so I can't address the accuracy of the content, but I can say that if you don't have at least a hi-level understanding of networking, you will be lost in space. I would strongly suggest working on Network + before this one. As someone who has a Network + certification and has taught Network +, I still found acronyms that I had to look up.
Now, the three major shortcomings, in my opinion. (Well two are pet peaves). First, there isn't a comprehensive set of test questions, at least in my opinion. It would have been nice to have a lot more practice questions. According to the book you can go to the Syngress site and get some sample questions and other goodies by using one of the serial numbers in the front of the book to access them; none of the serial numbers worked. I emailed to find out why they didn't work, and my email went unanswered.
Second, a pet peave, there is no glossary! This feature would not only have been helpful, but the creation of it would have let the authors know that they didn't define lots of acronmys and terms.
And last but not least, way too much "bla bla bla, see Chapter X to see what the heck we're talking about back here in Chapter 2". I found that annoying, and time-wasting, as are many of the exercises unless you have a system administrator who doesn't mind your sniffing around the network. Most system administrators will not allow that for many reasons not the least of which is that if you find a security hole, he or she will look like a dufus.
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