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REVIEW: "Internet Security", Tim Speed/Juanita Ellis

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKISJSAM.RVW 20040719 Internet Security , Tim Speed/Juanita Ellis, 2003, 1-55558-298-2, U$44.99 %A Tim Speed %A Juanita Ellis %C 225 Wildwood Street,
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      "Internet Security", Tim Speed/Juanita Ellis, 2003, 1-55558-298-2,
      %A Tim Speed
      %A Juanita Ellis
      %C 225 Wildwood Street, Woburn, MA 01801
      %D 2003
      %G 1-55558-298-2
      %I Digital Press
      %O U$44.99 800-366-BOOK Fax: 617-933-6333 fax: +1-800-446-6520
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1555582982/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1555582982/robsladesin03-20
      %P 398 p.
      %T "Internet Security: A Jumpstart for Systems Administrators and
      IT Managers"

      The introduction starts out by talking about wild west bank robbers
      and then admits that those stories have nothing to do with the topic
      at hand. Inexplicably, the theme continues to be used throughout the

      Chapter one gives a timeline of Internet related historical events,
      and an overview of the base protocols of the TCP/IP suite at various
      levels of detail. (There are also some screenshots from Microsoft
      Windows.) The security review process provided in chapter two is not
      bad, although it gets weaker as it moves into details. Cryptography
      is explained on an "it works by magic" level in chapter three.
      Chapter four talks about some of the technologies discussed earlier,
      but the purpose of the repetition is unclear. Firewalls are described
      in chapter five, and a checklist for evaluating them is provided, but
      many points on the review form will be difficult for any but the
      expert to assess. Aspects of authentication are discussed in chapter
      six, but there is very limited explanation on most points. Factors
      involved in public key infrastructures are handled in much the same
      way in chapter seven. Chapter eight, supposedly about messaging
      security, starts out with viruses and other malware, drifts through
      spam, and ends up with a number of issues regarding proper
      configuration of email systems. A reasonably good overview of risk
      management and mitigation is given in chapter nine, although the
      material could use a bit more structure. The content on incident
      response, disaster recovery, and business continuity, in chapter ten,
      is not as good, but still fair.

      Those who know security will recognize the patterns underlying the
      material that the authors present. Those who have tried to explain
      security concepts, however, will understand that what is given in the
      text is superficial and sometimes misleading. IT managers who do not
      require details may be able to take a very limited familiarity with
      terms and concepts from this work. System administrators will need
      considerably more detail, and need material with a greater
      comprehension of areas of strength and weakness in the various aspects
      and technologies of security.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKISJSAM.RVW 20040719

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