Security+ Study Guide Hardcover – Feb 2003
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From the Back Cover
Here's the book you need to prepare for CompTIA's Security+ exam. This updated edition of the best-selling Security+ Study Guide was developed to meet the exacting requirements of today's certification candidates and aspiring IT security professionals. In addition to the consistent and accessible instructional approach that has earned Sybex the "Best Study Guide" selection in the 2003 CertCities Readers Choice Awards, this book provides:
- Clear and concise information on crucial security topics
- Practical examples and insights drawn from real-world experience
- Leading-edge exam preparation software, including a test engine and electronic flashcards
You'll also find authoritative coverage of key exam topics, including:
- General Security Concepts
- Communication Security
- Infrastructure Security
- Basics of Cryptography
- Operational and Organizational Security
Look to Sybex for the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive IT marketplace.
This book has been reviewed and approved as CompTIA Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC). Students derive a number of important study advantages with CAQC materials, including coverage of all exam objectives, implementation of important instructional design principles, and instructional reviews that help students assess their learning comprehension and readiness for the exam.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michael Pastore, MCP, A+, Network+, i-Net+, has worked in IT for over 25 years, and currently does consulting in systems implementation for the Shepherd Group in Bellevue, Washington. Michael has been involved in 30 computer books on topics ranging from A+ Certification to Windows 2000 Infrastructure Security.
Top Customer Reviews
Many of the answers are not in the book, at least if they are you cannot find them. If you try to find it in the index - good luck. Sometimes the answers are totally different in the test than in the book.
Here is an example. In the book, it has a large section on Incident Response. The diagram they give show a circle with the order as identifying, investigating, repairing and adjusting procedures (identifying is a the bottom - I would have expect it to be at the top). At the beginning, the book gives the order as identifying, investigating, repairing, documenting and adjusting procedures, which is what one of the questions on Incident Response gives. Except that when you read the whole section, it says that during the entire process you should be documenting - therefore it shouldn't be in the step order (as one question has it before the recovery and one after).
Then on the other practice test the question is:
What are the six phases, in the correct order, of incidence response. Six? I only counted 4 or 5 (if you count documentation as a step).
Guess what the answer is? Not what you were told in the book.
Preparation, identification, containment, eradication, recovery and follow up.
If you look at the suggested answer on the test, it says - This order was originally designated by SANS. WHAT ???? The is no where in the IR section. Maybe in some obscure section, which I have been unable to find. But this is just an example of it.
As several of the other reviewers correctly pointed out, many of the critical topics covered by the book simply do not go into enough detail and there are numerous key concepts that are missed completely (don't believe me - try looking up information on an FTP Bounce Attack, a Callback or a Virus Life Cycle in this book just to name a few, they aren't covered). This book is too verbose when considering how much of the necessary core data for the Security+ exam is not covered in the book. I know this now because I have since bought a different book (Security+ Prep Guide by Wiley Publishing) to re-prepare for the exam and I am amazed at how much the Sybex book left out. Also, there are several typos and wrong answers to test questions found throughout the book, but this is a First Edition, so that's to be expected.
Based on my previous statements you might think that I hated the book, on the contrary, I did actually enjoy reading it and found that the information it did cover was explained in fairly simple terms. Unfortunately, I would say that unless you had previous experience in IT Security, which I have had a limited amount of, you will definitely need to supplement this book with other resources in order to pass the exam. It hits the target......but is no where near a bull's eye!
Pastore has broken down the exam into 10 chapters; each chapter builds a foundation that will give a great chance of passing the exam on the first try. I like the idea of having the notes and warnings spread out throughout the book, this gives the reader some real world experience to work with.
Chapters 5 & 6, which deal with network security, are excellent guides not only for the exam but also for the real world. Pastore has done an excellent job of taking apart the exam with this book.
Each chapter has practice questions and the cdrom included has practice test in various formats. Whether you are trying to break into the security field or have several years of working experience, this book has something for everyone.
Overall this book would rival any others on the market today. One thing that I think adds tremendous credibility to this book is that the technical editor is David Groth. Together they have added another success effort to Sybex's already extensive library.
Most recent customer reviews
THE FLASH CARDS ARE VERY HELPFULL IN HELPING PREPARING FOR THE EXAM AS FOR THE OVER ALL BOOK, USE THIS BOOK AS A SUPPLEMENT.Published on May 8 2004 by Neptune
As with their A+ and Network+ books, there are several technical mistakes. I don't know who their technical editors are, but getting something as remedial public key encryption... Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by Jeremy NeeDLE
Upon quick review I stumbled upon Pastore's definition of a digital signature and how it works. It's WRONG ! The sender's private key is used for signing. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003
I enjoyed reading this book and learned quite a bit. Unfortunately, I did not learn enough of the things I needed to pass the Sec+ exam. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2003
Make sure you have Network+ first then read, re-read and re-read again before the exam.Published on Aug. 7 2003 by Mr KC HUTCHINSON
I read this book along with a couple of the others to study for the exam, and I don't think this book is of the same quality as many other Sybex study guides, which I usually like... Read morePublished on May 23 2003 by Spencer Tillman
This was the only book that I read prior to taking the test and I passed with flying colors! The descriptions were informative and overall, this was a great book to study from. Read morePublished on May 7 2003
I just took the exam and passed it. I used this book and it was a big help. The content was really easy to understand and straight forward. Read morePublished on April 28 2003
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