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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (June 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596006691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596006693
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

There's a lot more consciousness of security today, but not a lot of understanding of what it means and how far it should go. No one loves security, but most people---managers, system administrators and users alike---are starting to feel that they'd better accept it, or at least try to understand it. For example, most U.S. Government equipment acquisitions now require "Orange Book" (Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria) certification. A lot of people have a vague feeling that they ought to know about the Orange Book, but few make the effort to track it down and read it. Computer Security Basics contains a more readable introduction to the Orange Book---why it exists, what it contains, and what the different security levels are all about---than any other book or government publication. This handbook describes complicated concepts such as trusted systems, encryption, and mandatory access control in simple terms. It tells you what you need to know to understand the basics of computer security, and it will help you persuade your employees to practice safe computing. Contents include: Introduction (basic computer security concepts, security breaches such as the Internet worm). Computer security and requirements of the Orange Book. Communications and network security. Peripheral types of security (including biometric devices, physical controls, and TEMPEST). Appendices: terms, sources, user groups, and other reference material. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rick Lehtinen started his career in electronic communications, from installing two-way radios to building television stations and satellite uplink facilities. Frequent contribution of articles to the trade press led to a position as an editor at Broadcast Engineering magazine, as well as a sister publication, Video Systems, which was followed by nationwide travel promoting desktop video production as "Dr. Video".After relocating to Phoenix, Lehtinen researched and produced marketing information for the semiconductor industry. This lead to a survey of computers and networking, which field eventually became a passion. Lehtinen financed his studies by teaching and writing, and is on the adjunct faculty of several community colleges and vocational schools. As a course writer for the Cisco Network Academy, he has worked with materials from conception through post-production, including learner assessment and the creation of annoying multiple choice questions. Lehtinen holds certifications in computer security (CISSP), networking (CCNP, CCDP), and telecommunications design (BICSII RCDD) and is the author of Computer Security Basics, 2/E. His hobbies include spending time with his family, playing the tuba, and writing about complimentary/alternative medical technologies.

G.T. Gangemi, Sr., is Director of Wang Laboratories' Secure Systems Program. The Wang organization mirrors the structure of the U.S. government's Information Security (INFOSEC) program, encompassing computer security (COMPUSEC), communications security (COMSEC), TEMPEST, and physical access. Mr. Gangemi is responsible for all Wang security-related products designed for government and commercial use. He has previously held management positions at Wang in a variety of areas, including research and development, product management and marketing, account management, and business planning. He attended La Salle College and the Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He served in the U.S. Army and is a private pilot.

Customer Reviews

And it's all done in witty, plain language writing that's a breeze to assimilate.
David Spalding (dspalding@korova.com)
Definitely a must-have for the bookshelf of any Unix or Security administrator, and a good idea for anyone to read if they are working in the IT field.
Brad Knowles
If you need details on a particular aspect of computer security, you should refer to another more specialized book.
calvinnme

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is the long awaited second edition of a classic book in basic computer security. It is an introduction to the field, not a technical reference. If you need details on a particular aspect of computer security, you should refer to another more specialized book. Since Amazon does not show the table of contents, I review this book in reference to its table of contents:

Part I, SECURITY FOR TODAY
Chapter 1, Introduction
Introduces computer security: what it is and why it's important. It summarizes the threats to computers and the information stored on them, and it introduces the different types of computer security. It notes that if you ignore computer security you could not only be a crime victim but an unwitting partner in crime.
Chapter 2, Some Security History
Describes how we got to where we are today. It summarizes key events in the history of computer security, discusses some of the government standards and programs involved with computer security, and introduces the concept of computer databases and the preservation of privacy.

Part II, COMPUTER SECURITY
Chapter 3, Computer System Security and Access Controls
Introduces computer system security and describes how it controls access to systems and data.
Chapter 4, Viruses and Other Wildlife
Explores viruses, worms, Trojans, and other types of malicious code. The financial effects of malicious programs are discussed first, including that of wasted time. Next it equates viruses and public health - in that once your computer is infected others can be too using your computer as a jumping off point.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Spalding (dspalding@korova.com) on January 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
There's a rather funny scene in HACKERS in which some nerds are quizzing the mysterious new kid about his "Red Book," "Orange Book," et al. It's supposed to be way over the viewer's head ... but after reading this book, you'll chuckle at the pedestrian writing. O'Reilly explains all. The publisher really ought to retitle this "ADP Security Manager in 21 days." No kidding. This book covers the basic issues, the references, the standards, specifics. It goes deeper, though, to explain WHY, with more than a healthy dose of historical background on the evolution of computer security. Also easily overlooked: a cogent explanation of most computer virus issues. And it's all done in witty, plain language writing that's a breeze to assimilate. For anyone who's preparing to manage a LAN/WAN, or has wondered why "the people upstairs" enforce particular policies, this is THE book to start with, no exception. For armchair 'net enthusiasts, this is still the first, best source for an understanding of online security issues. Seriously: walk into most shops and server rooms, and ask, "Where's your yellow, O'Reilly computer security book?" Chances are, it's nearby, with the spine well broken and worn.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Edward P Yakabovicz on March 9, 2001
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Looking for that one book that offers basic security principals, maybe things you missed in other books ? This book offers the very BEST in the basics of Security.. Recommended as a starter book for CISSP, CISA, or any Information Security related self study.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on January 20, 2000
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Computer Security Basics provides an excellent reference for anyone interested in computer and network security, from the newbie to the practicing computer security professional. Unfortunately, it is rapidly becoming outdated..
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brad Knowles on April 18, 2001
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This book is a more introductory, and a more theoretical than something like "Practical UNIX & Internet Security, 2nd Edition" (By Simson Garfinkel & Gene Spafford, published by O'Reilly & Assoc.), but it is still a vital book on the topic.
Definitely a must-have for the bookshelf of any Unix or Security administrator, and a good idea for anyone to read if they are working in the IT field.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tmaioli on June 29, 1998
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Its not bad and as a start, but I would recommend something newer than 1991. It covers the Governments Orange book very well, but I wish it had more illastrations to clearify concepts. Like just about any other computer book, if you really want to know something, one book is never enough.
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It still surprises me how many of my information technology colleagues still have no clue when it comes to computer security. This particular book is one I'd feel really good about when it comes to a recommendation to get them up to speed on the subject... Computer Security Basics (2nd Edition) by Rick Lehtinen, Deborah Russell, and G. T. Gangemi Sr.

Contents:

Part 1 - Security for Today: Introduction; Some Security History

Part 2 - Computer Security: Computer System Security and Access Controls; Viruses and Other Wildlife; Establishing and Maintaining a Security Policy; Web Attacks and Internet Vulnerabilities

Part 3 - Communications Security: Encryption; Communications and Network Security

Part 4 - Other Types of Security: Physical Security and Biometrics; Wireless Network Security

Part 5 - Appendixes: OSI Model; TEMPEST; The Orange Book, FIPS PUBS, and the Common Criteria

Index

While not a technical "how to" manual, this book does a great job in dealing with technical issues and concepts. Pretty much all the significant issues surrounding computer and technology security these days is covered in sufficient detail to allow for a functional understanding of the topics. For instance, the chapter on viruses would allow even the most clueless techie to grasp the problems. The authors distinguish between viruses, worms, trojan horses, bombs, and other various nasty surprises. The history is valuable to understand how we got into this condition, and by the end of the chapter you'll know what you need to do to start to combat the problem. From there, you can dive into the more technical details of any one of the areas that pertain to your particular situation.
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