The SSCP Prep Guide: Mastering the Seven Key Areas of System Security Paperback – Apr 25 2003
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From the Back Cover
A one-stop source of security and privacy information for IT professionals, covering everything youll 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 youll encounter on the SSCP examination.
Providing you with all the tools youll 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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.
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.
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