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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology; 3 edition (Nov. 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1428340661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1428340664
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #576,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Mark Ciampa is Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Previously, he served as Associate Professor and Director of Academic Computing for 20 years at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Dr. Ciampa has worked in the IT industry as a computer consultant for the U.S. Postal Service, the Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service, and the University of Tennessee. He is also the author of many Cengage/Course Technology books, including Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals; CWNA Guide to Wireless LANs, 3e; CWSP Guide to Wireless Security; Guide to Wireless Communications; and Networking BASICS. He holds a PhD in digital communication systems from Indiana State University.

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This book truly illustrated the examples and learning material needed to increase security within your network. The learning material was clear and concise to demonstrate the tasks outlined.

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Book was in excellent quality. There was the odd scratch on the binding, and the pocket containing the CD wasn't attached, but it was there. Overall, nothing to worry about, and it shipped quickly.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4afe390) out of 5 stars 36 reviews
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HASH(0xa3a521d4) out of 5 stars Very good, with serious flaws June 15 2010
By Theophilus - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for two reasons: first I needed it for a security class this summer, second I needed a book with good testing software to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ exam. It served its purpose and I passed the exam easily.

The practice exam software is good, but I have used this exam engine from Certblaster before and the question text size they use is too small, which is very irratiting especially since there is plenty of room to use a larger text size. Unlike other books that use the same Certblaster software (usually a Course Technology publication), this one does not use the other functions that the test software offers, like providing the explanations to the questions, so you can actually learn as you go. Someone got lazy. Also the end of chapter question drills, which ask up to 20 questions, provide neither the answer OR the explanation key so you can check yourself; you have to dig through the text. End of chapter quizzes are really good learning tools, but these ones make you work too hard, and waste your time by making you hunt down the correct answers in a chapter you just read. They could at least give the answers, even if they are too lazy to provide the explanations. So, as an exam prep book, this one really falls down on its face in that area. I hate to criticize this fine book, but for almost 100.00 these overpriced Course Technology books should be doing better than this.

It is a good book as far as the text and layout go, very readable and enjoyable. But unless you need it for a class (as is often the case with Course Technology books), save your money and get the Sybex book, or Sybex+something else like the ExamCram and STILL pay less than half what this book costs.

I give it 3 stars. I would have given 5 except for the inexcusable lack of answers/explanations to the end of chapter review questions, the lack of answers/explanations to the Certblaster practice exams, and the insane price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3a51858) out of 5 stars Clearly written, but with significant shortcomings Oct. 30 2011
By Brian G. Vaughan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is used as the textbook for an introductory course in network security which I am taking. The book is clearly written and fairly well organized, and covers a broad range of topics.

However, the book suffers from a number of shortcomings.

First and foremost, it lacks footnotes, citations, or a bibliography. This is unprofessional on the face of it; this book is obviously not primary research, and often I wondered where the author was getting his information. Furthermore, since this book gives only cursory treatment to many important and complex subjects, suggestions for further reading would seem an obvious addition to the text. The book has an appendix with a list of security-related Websites, but most of those listed no longer exist.

Second, the book discusses Windows operating systems almost exclusively, and then, mostly Windows Vista. The subject at hand is network security, and in the world of network servers, Linux is dominant, with Windows servers a distant second place. Yet Linux is only mentioned in passing when mentioned at all, and coverage of Windows server operating systems is little better.

Third, each chapter ends with a self-quiz, which is trivially easy, and with exercises that consist simply in downloading and executing various tools for Windows. There is no real effort to reinforce the material of the chapter or deepen a reader's understanding; in fact, most of the self-quizzes and any of the exercises could be completed without reading the text at all.

Fourth, the binding of the book is quite bad. Shortly after purchasing it as a new book, the binding cracked.

All in all, this book is simply an extended vocabulary lesson, providing some limited background knowledge. You may gain a rough idea what an SQL injection attack is by reading this book; but you would get no hints how to prevent one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3996e48) out of 5 stars Do not use this book to study for the Security+ test Dec 14 2010
By Bananaball50 - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book and the CompTIA Security+ Deluxe Study Guide: SY0-201 by Emmett Dulaney. I read both and found that the Dulaney study guide was the better book. This book is good for a general introduction to security, but does not cover the material needed for passing the Security+ exam. And the price tag is too high considering the minimal coverage of the topic. There are questions at the end of each chapter, but no answer key. There are no practice tests. I eventually shelved this book. If you want to pass the Security+ test, buy and study from the Dulaney book instead.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3a49d08) out of 5 stars A+ in network security content May 24 2010
By Jerome Slaughter - Published on Amazon.com
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Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals by Mark Ciampa is a great Network Security book. Mark Ciampa has done a great job in the 3rd edition by providing excellent overall content of network security. Even my security + professor is impressed. I'm even thinking about getting my CISSP certification after I get my security + certification because there are only a few differences between this security + book and the CISSP book.
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HASH(0xa3925f48) out of 5 stars Good security+ book but laughable Sept. 24 2011
By Steph - Published on Amazon.com
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The most hilarious thing I've noticed so far is that the book tells you to use IE, one of the notoriously unsafe browsers out there.

The book itself serves as an excellent study for the Security+ certification.