REVIEW: "Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", Gregory White
- BKA1SECP.RVW 20031018
"Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", Gregory White, 2003,
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%T "Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide"
Part one is nominally on authentication. Chapter one covers general
security concepts. Good ideas are provided, but sometimes in a poor
structure (the domains are unique, adhering neither to the CISSP
[Certified Information System Security Professional] CBK [Common Body
of Knowledge] nor the Security+ formation). The wording can sometimes
confuse those new to the field, such as the use of "diversity of
defence" for what is otherwise known as least common mechanism.
Part two describes malware and attacks. Chapter two could use more
organization and taxonomy, and the virus material is limited and
dated, but otherwise it is generally good.
Part three concentrates on networking, or security in transmissions.
Chapter three deals with remote access, and is not as good as the
prior material, consisting mostly of a list of protocols. Email, in
chapter four, is not particularly good at examining viruses, worms,
hoaxes, spam, and encryption. The Web is limited to SSL (Secure
Sockets Layer), programming bugs, and cookies, in chapter five. The
wireless part of chapter six is fine as far as it goes, and there is
an odd inclusion of instant messaging.
Part four looks at security for the infrastructure. Chapter seven is
an oddly structured list of networking and computer components, with
even more duplication of topics and material than earlier chapters
showed. The basics of intrusion detection systems are provided in
chapter eight, but there are also extraneous details. Chapter nine
suggests hardening computers, but, as is usual with such advice, it is
short on how: for example, we are told to turn off unnecessary Windows
services but not how to tell which ones can be safely discarded or
even how to find out which services are running. Linux and UNIX fair
rather worse than usual in this section.
Cryptography and applications are in part five. Chapter ten has
another odd organizational flow, with lots of details but few that are
of use, and a very short mention of the concept of asymmetric
encryption. Public Key Infrastructure, in chapter eleven, is verbose
but still thin on details. Standards and protocols, in chapter
twelve, starts with excessive detail on PKI, but then ventures
randomly into other topics.
Part six looks at operations security. Chapter thirteen, on
organizational and operational security, touches on security
management, physical security, and miscellaneous topics. A little bit
on business continuity planning, backups, policies, and ethics is in
Part seven refers to administrative controls. There is a wandering
discussion of security and law in chapter fifteen, privilege
management (otherwise known as access control) in sixteen, computer
forensics and simple evidence preservation in seventeen, risk
management in eighteen, and change management in nineteen.
This book could do with a wholesale restructuring, and, overall, the
material is rather vague and general.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKA1SECP.RVW 20031018
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