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Computer Security 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470862939
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From the Back Cover

Today, security is no longer only a topic of interest for specialists, but a concern for all end users, systems administrators, and software developers.

The development of new kinds of IT applications means that unique security threats continue to emerge. These new challenges may require novel solutions, and traditional security solutions can actually exacerbate the problem rather than solve it.

Dieter Gollmann's popular text continues to offer a comprehensive yet concise overview of the subject that will help the reader think about security at every level. Beginning with basic definitions and concepts and going on to outline the mechanisms at the heart of the computer system, this book covers security issues in networks, operating systems and databases, and shows how to evaluate and tackle security problems.

Updated throughout, the second edition includes brand new chapters on software security, authentication in distributed systems, new paradigms in access control, and mobility. Also included are brief introductions to security management and cryptography.

Computer Security is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students on a variety of introductory and advanced security courses in computer science, engineering and related disciplines. Technical and project managers will also find that this book offers a great starting point for dealing with complex security challenges.

Designed for use on courses or self study, additional resources such as lecture slides and suggested solutions to end of chapter exercises can be found at

Comments on the first edition

"...a very useful book for those involved in the thorny issues of Computer Security. I recommend it to my students."
—Antonia Jones, Cardiff University

More comments on the first edition

"...highly readable and contains clear explanations and examples.... I found myself wishing I had had this book when I started working in this area."
—N. R. Mead, New York Review

" excellent textbook either for higher education or for advanced training programmes on computer security."
—Jianying Zhou, Computer Communications

"...the book I have been looking for for years..."
—Viiveke Fak, Linkoping University

"Mandatory reading for aspiring system managers"
—Antonia Jones, Cardiff University

About the Author

Dieter Gollmann is Professor for Security in Distributed Applications at Hamburg University of Technology. He is also a visiting Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London and Adjunct Professor at the Technical University of Denmark. Previously he was a researcher in Information Security at Microsoft Research in Cambridge.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (January 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470862939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470862933
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Decius on April 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
i used this book in a university course, i got very little out of it. it had handwavy explanations for almost every topic it discussed. when i tried to actually use the material, i found it useless because it skipped all the details. i had to spend hours on hours googling and wikiing to find information that the bok should have had.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is not an introductory book, or even a well though out or edited entry level graduate book. As I pointed out in the title of my review, I am a university student already familiar with security having had an introductory security course and two other technical security courses. I found this book to be overly complex and would not recommend it.

I am editing out most of my previous review. I misspoke and the author does make a case for users being a major threat to computer security. His book attempts to deepen the technical subject of security, unfortunately he does so by making it over complex, although in fairness I must say he does make roads into illuminating security being created at the kernal level. Otherwise I found little comparable value in it and having taken two additional graduate courses on security and can whole heartily endorse Charles and Shari Lawrence Pfleeger's Security in computing, for those with a little computer back ground this book will take you far.

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By fmaa0227 on February 15, 2011
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For anyone that is just getting into computer security, this is a great book to have. Great service by seller.
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By Student62 on February 21, 2012
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Well written book, but very lame on the details. Could go deeper on the content. Great book for a beginner.
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