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The SSCP Prep Guide: Mastering the Seven Key Areas of System Security Paperback – Apr 11 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 11 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471273511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471273516
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,468,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

A one-stop source of security and privacy information for IT professionals, covering everything you’ll need to know to pass the Systems Security Certified Practitioner examination

This prep guide and general reference will help you breeze through the SSCP security certification test by greatly enhancing your understanding of how to implement security policies, standards, and procedures. Covered in detail are the seven domains of the common body of knowledge (CBK), as defined by the (ISC)2. Explore such topics as access controls, administration, audit and monitoring, cryptography, and data communications. Test yourself with 30 sample practice questions for each domain, which are similar to those you’ll encounter on the SSCP examination.

Providing you with all the tools you’ll need to become proficient in systems security, this guide covers:

  • Mechanisms to specify user and process rights
  • System vulnerabilities, safeguards, and recovery plans and procedures
  • Means to disguise information to ensure its integrity, confidentiality, authenticity, and nonrepudiation
  • Ways to protect against infection, abuse, or negative impacts to the proper operation of an information processing system or network

The CD-ROM contains a list of links to security Web sites as well as PDFs of the Risk Management Guide for Information Technology Systems (from NIST) and standards from FIPS. A special feature is the Wiley test engine, a complete interactive self-test using all the questions and answers from the book, powered by Boson software.

About the Author

DEBRA S. ISAAC is Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor at Corbett Technologies, a Virginia-based information security services company. She has more than 19 years of experience in the security systems field.

MICHAEL J. ISAAC is the INFOSEC Consulting Engineer for Corbett. He has more than 22 years of extensive experience in systems administration and security.


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By A Customer on March 15 2004
Format: Paperback
I used this book as my first and primary study guide. First off the SSCP is not an easy exam. You will need more than this reference. I also used the CISSP passport and a security reference book. I liked the ease of reading this book had, but would have liked a bit more technical content. The constant discussion of a roadmap was confusing but made sense in the end. The study questions seemed a bit easy since I could answer most of them before reading the book. I saw the first review listed and was a bit worried about it, ignore it and you will be fine. I would say, this is a good book to buy if you are planning on sitting for the SSCP exam. Good luck on the test.
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Not only is this book a great test prep guide, but its organization also makes it great for reference. The presentation of the SSCP CBK material is very clear and to the point (no fluff). Overall, I'm very pleased with this book, much more so than another SSCP test prep guide that I purchased prior to this one ("SSCP Study Guide and DVD Training System" by Jeffrey Posluns). I would recommend it not just to those who are preparing for the SSCP exam, but also to those who are seeking simply to broaden their security knowledge and understanding.
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After using this book for review and having failed the exam using this book, I can confidently say that this book alone falls dismally short of it purported goal. I have turned to the Shon Harris All in one and the official ISC2 books for reivew of my CISSP exam (sscp is a forgone conclusion) as well as other sources.
My reccomendation is that you don't even bother purchasing this books as it is a total waste of your hard earned money especially in light of a fine book (all in one) that is readily available.
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I bought this and another book.. Both failed to prep me to pass the exam.. I feel that I wasted my money
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I passed the SSCP exam the first time using this book to study for it Jan. 10 2006
By Kevin Shen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I chose this SSCP certification study guide book out of several other ones. This book is definitely among the best SSCP study guides currently on the market. From my personal experience, I highly recommend it to any IT professional preparing for the SSCP exam and as an IT security reference book.

I used this book as the ONLY preparation material to study for the SSCP exam (nothing else, no "prep course" or anything else) and passed the exam the first time. This is the only book that one will need in order to be prepared for the SSCP exam, as long as one has solid IT security knowledge and work experience and only need to "brush up" on IT security topics that are covered in the exam. If you DO NOT have this prerequisite IT security knowledge and work experience, then I candidly recommend that one uses this book AND other resources (such as other SSCP prep guides, "prep courses", etc.) to adequately prepare for the SSCP exam.

This book definitely is the best SSCP prep guide for the money. It is very well written and the co-authors of this book clearly demonstrate that they are very knowledgeable about the technical aspects of IT Security that are covered in the SSCP exam. This book is very well organized and the chapters are arranged by the 7 core bodies of knowledge (CBK's) that are covered in the SSCP exam, making it easy to prepare for it by CBK and to understand ahead of time exactly what materials will be covered. Besides being an excellent SSCP prep guide, it is also an excellent reference guide, after one is SSCP certified.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Test Prep Guide! June 12 2003
By yokasan - Published on Amazon.com
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Not only is this book a great test prep guide, but its organization also makes it great for reference. The presentation of the SSCP CBK material is very clear and to the point (no fluff). Overall, I'm very pleased with this book, much more so than another SSCP test prep guide that I purchased prior to this one ("SSCP Study Guide and DVD Training System" by Jeffrey Posluns). I would recommend it not just to those who are preparing for the SSCP exam, but also to those who are seeking simply to broaden their security knowledge and understanding.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Pretty discontent organization June 28 2005
By Jian H. Huang - Published on Amazon.com
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This book looks like the first one written by the authors with little care and feed put in.

The contents are organized by the ISC2 domain structure. However the materials presented scatter around in a most ilogical way I can imagine. For example, they present quiz problems of a subject before they touch upon the subject in the context. They provide multiple definitions of subject matter in different locations. Finally they ask questions in the quiz where there is no corresponding guide in the main body at all (e.g. Information Classification).

The book was also edited fairly poorly. Although the layout is pleasing and easy to read, some answers were plain wrong. The Index in the back of the book is literally useless.

jian
Nice study start. March 15 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I used this book as my first and primary study guide. First off the SSCP is not an easy exam. You will need more than this reference. I also used the CISSP passport and a security reference book. I liked the ease of reading this book had, but would have liked a bit more technical content. The constant discussion of a roadmap was confusing but made sense in the end. The study questions seemed a bit easy since I could answer most of them before reading the book. I saw the first review listed and was a bit worried about it, ignore it and you will be fine. I would say, this is a good book to buy if you are planning on sitting for the SSCP exam. Good luck on the test.
Disorganized and Incomplete July 3 2007
By RS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I passed the SSCP exam using this book and an online program, but I am sure glad I had the latter. The material in this guide was presented in a haphazard manner, and had I relied solely on the prep questions in the book and on the accompanying CD I would have been woefully unprepared. This was a good reference book, but hardly the "one-stop source" for the SSCP exam that was described on the back cover.


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