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Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide Hardcover – Jun 25 2003
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From the Back Cover
"All-in-One is All You Need."
Prepare to pass the Security+ certification exam
Get complete coverage of all the material included on the Security+ certification exam--the vendor-neutral standard of competency for foundation-level security practitioners--inside this comprehensive resource. With full treatment of all the exam topics, as developed by CompTIA, this definitive, dual-purpose tool contains exam objectives at the beginning of each chapter, helpful exam tips, sample questions, and real-world scenarios. Authoritative and detailed, this volume serves as both a complete certification study guide and an indispensable on-the-job reference.
Get full details on all exam topics including how to:
- Implement authentication using kerberos, CHAP, certificates, biometrics, and other methods
- Defend against DDOS, spoofing, replay, TCP/IP hijacking, and other attacks
- Recognize malicious code--viruses, Trojan horses, logic bombs, and worms
- Secure remote access, e-mail, file transfer, wireless, and instant message transactions
- Harden networks, operating systems, and applications
- Implement cryptography, digital signatures, and PKI
- Manage incident response and follow forensic procedures
Included on the CD-ROM
- Simulated exam with practice questions and answers
- LearnKey video training
- Complete electronic book
About the Author
Greg White (San Antonio, TX), Security+, CISSP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. White is the Director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at UTSA, and was the author of the first edition of the Security+ All-in-One Exam Guide from McGraw-Hill.
Top Customer Reviews
All in all, this is a disastrously bad book. To some degree, too many cooks have spoiled the soup (the book has several co-authors, and they seem not to have read each others' contributions). There's an immense amount of duplication of material, while at the same time there are many terms and concepts that are invoked without ever being defined. At the least, this book should state that a reader needs a casual familiarity with networking (equivalent to that required by the Network+ exam, which I passed) to have any hope of understanding a good 40% of the book's material.
The only valuable chapters are the ones on security baselines (specifically the info on operating system and application hardening), cryptography (though much of the math used there is not explained), and public key infrastructures--conveniently, these are chapters 9 through 11.
Though this is the only Security+ book I have read, I feel confident in recommending any other book over it.
It was clear, concise and easy to understand. It prepared me to take the Security+ exam well, and explains concepts thoroughly without assuming that the reader is an idiot. The book deals with all the infomation that will be on the test, following the Domains in their order, but it still also flows in a forward direction, building on one concept with another. That is a challenge nowdays in the tech world were every concept is intertwined with others.
That said, don't expect to come to this book with no knowledge of computers at all. I have found that this book serves more as a reminder of "Oh Yeah, I knew that," than as a device to impart new knowledge into my skull. I learned some new things from this book, but the most beneficial part of this book was bringing all the things I know about computers back to the forefront of my mind so that they are fresh while taking the test.
It is also good for building up strength in the "security as a whole" areas. It's good to know how to lock down a system, but the test also wants to know if you understand what constitutes good information security as a concept, not a password.
The book, despite its thickness (~600 pages) is actually a relatively quick read. I got through it in about a month, reading it in my off time and as a nightcap. It took me about two days of direct study to review the majority of the stuff for the test after having read it.
There is a time and a place for everything. If you want to learn more about computer security, there are other books out there that will help teach you more about how to lock down a system and disable protocols. If you want to take what you already know and refresh it, as well as supplement it with a little bit of new information, this is the book for you.
Most recent customer reviews
Goes through the five main sections in order and has reasonable detail. However, this should be combined with other resources if you want to pass the Security+ Exam. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2007 by xelloss
This book is very good and covers almost everything from comptia's objectives list in a very clear and to the point manner. This book is surely a must if you taking the exam. Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by A. K.
I BOUGHT THIS BOOK OVER A MONTH AGO AS BACKUP STUDY MATERIAL AND FOUND THAT IT PROVIDED MUCH OF THE INFORMATION THAT WAS MISSING IN THE OTHER BOOK WRITTEN BY M. Read morePublished on April 16 2004
I love this book the author does a great a job discussing all the topics beyond the scope of the test. However,the book does not cover good bit of the tough questions on the test. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003 by Jon E. Martin
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