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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heighten awareness, but not educate
Gulf war, fraud, national security, Spam, traitors, and computer viruses. These are just a few of the topics covered by Dorothy Denning's book Information_Warfare_and_Security. This book gives a broad and informative view of information security, however it lacks specifics to make it more than an introductory work to this field.
The book has a broad overview of...
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly a compilation, with a couple of saving graces
I am very reluctant to give much credit for this book to its author. This is primarily because nearly a third of the book is dedicated to bibliography. That, in my opinion, is not really writing; it is compilation.
I was also disappointed at the caliber of anecdotes. I found them to be either totally irrelevant, or totally trite.
I will give credit,...
Published on August 7, 2000 by Maurice E Dunn


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heighten awareness, but not educate, October 2, 2000
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Gulf war, fraud, national security, Spam, traitors, and computer viruses. These are just a few of the topics covered by Dorothy Denning's book Information_Warfare_and_Security. This book gives a broad and informative view of information security, however it lacks specifics to make it more than an introductory work to this field.
The book has a broad overview of subjects. The Introduction section encompasses around 75 pages and gives substantial theory to the how and why of information security. Part II discusses "Offensive Information Warfare" which brings the reader through techniques on obtaining information. "Defensive Information Warfare" in Part III naturally discusses how to repel the offenses discussed in Part II.
Information_Warfare_and_Security is very informative on the problem areas which it discusses. Computers and phones are obvious places for intrusion and the book covers the facets of these areas in depth. The less obvious methodologies are also mentioned such as eavesdropping, traffic analysis, and sabotage. Denning does not leave out the human factor in her sections on social engineering, traitors, and even dumpster diving.
Denning's book, however, lacks specific in-depth information. Any chapter subject could have a large book written on it. The book does not give the "how-to's" to create or block an attack; rather it merely discusses the possibilities. To Denning's credit, however, she does include a substantial bibliography and endnotes so the reader can find further information in the source material.
Information_Warfare_and_Security would serve the purpose of an excellent introductory overview to the information security field. It is broad and informative, but lacks the specific information to execute any of the offenses or defenses. Denning's book is useful to heighten awareness of information security issues, but it is not sufficient to provide an education in this field.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and well-written, November 26, 1999
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Deák Csaba (Budapest, Hungary) - See all my reviews
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Dorothy Denning's book covers almost every aspect of a topic that is of increasing importance. It is written in an ENJOYABLE STYLE and is full of examples, stories and quotations that WELL ILLUSTRATE the points she wants to make. It is an EXCELLENT OVERVIEW of the topic, and for those who are interested in the details, an extensive list of references is included at the end.
Whether you are responsible for information security at your enterprise or you are a citizen concerned about your data's privacy, you WILL NOT REGRET if you read this book.
However, it could be improved in several areas:
Even in an overview like this, more should be said about the controls that can help you protect your data (such as separation of duties, security audits etc.). The numbering of references is restarted in every chapter and so they are hard to find at the end of the book. Most importantly, it should show much less political and cultural bias. A book that is basically about information-related threats and defenses is NOT supposed to be used to protect Attorney General Janet Reno in connection with the Waco case (see Chapter 5) or vent the author's dislike of the Arab countries. For example, if Arab governments control information such as pornography, it is called "censorship", the same thing done by the US government is referred to as "restrictions - also in Chapter 5. (Don't get me wrong: it is NO accident that I lived in the US for years and never ever wished to live in an Arab country, so I am myself biased toward American culture. Even so, I often found Denning too openly manipulative.)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly a compilation, with a couple of saving graces, August 7, 2000
This review is from: Information Warfare and Security (Paperback)
I am very reluctant to give much credit for this book to its author. This is primarily because nearly a third of the book is dedicated to bibliography. That, in my opinion, is not really writing; it is compilation.
I was also disappointed at the caliber of anecdotes. I found them to be either totally irrelevant, or totally trite.
I will give credit, however, for the organization and 'soup-to-nuts' primer approach. The chapter organization and flow are superb and I am certain this makes a decent text for non-technical graduate students trying to grasp the concepts of information warfare. The chapter on encryption technology is especially well explained.
Unfortunately, the jacket and editorial reviews (and some of the Amazon reviews) would lead you to believe that this book is a MUST for all information security professionals. It isn't. It is probably, however, a good book for people who have to effectively communicate with information security professionals. Anyone with even a moderate background in information security will not be impressed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative read that wont put you to sleep!, February 2, 2002
This review is from: Information Warfare and Security (Paperback)
Dorothy Denning has produced one of the best 'easy read' reference books I have seen in years. The writing is one of the most striking aspects of this book; right from the introduction the reader is taken on a logical and structured route through the key aspects of Information Security, with numerous references to real life cases. You don't need a note pad, as the language is clear and concepts explained in simple English. This a excellent book to read on the train/plane: it is interesting, job related, informative but not dull or too intellectually challenging.
That said the strength of argument and excellent references are worth the cost of the book alone! I have personally used excerpts form this book to very good effect when making a point to higher management. Of the 50+ IT, Security and InfoSec books have in my collection this is the one I never, lend out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, lacking depth, April 2, 2002
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obediah (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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The book provides a good overview of information warfare. It is divided into three sections, the introduction, offensive information warfare and finally defensive information warfare. Numerous topics are covered. The author is clearly an expert in security and manages to touch upon all the major information security topics.
The main strength of the book is the breadth of topic selection. By the time you have reached the end of the book, you will have at least a passing acquaintance with all important information security topics. The book is very well referenced and is written in an easy to read style.
The enormous topic selection means that no topic is treated in any particular depth. This means that you'll get to know something about everything, but unfortunately you won't develop an intimate understanding of any of the topics covered.
At times I received the impression that the book was simply a collection of anecdotes. Some parts of the book resembled sensationalistic journalism and, four years after it was written, many parts of the book are out of date. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a broad overview of information security. Its scatter gun approach means that you'll hit all of the topics but won't develop a true understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, academic, and accessible, May 13, 1999
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Dorothy E. Denning is an authority not just for the books cited in the other reviews here, but also for her landmark paper to the IEEE which laid the formal foundation for intrusion detection systems. Given her background, one might assume her book would focus on the most technical aspects of security. This is not the case. Her book covers security and privacy issues ranging from classic spying through crypographic means, and is thoroughly footnoted to allow the reader to pursue the trails. One thing I have noted is that higher-ups may become fixated on specific technical fixes. ("If we only had a firewall/intrusion detection system/XXX-bit encryption/YYY operating system, then we would be secure...") This book is something of an antidote to these tendencies.
I would heartily recommend this book for anyone concerned with the need for all-round security and training. This is not light reading, but neither does Denning devolve into esoteric discussions of ethernet frames, TCP/IP packets, algorithms. This is the one I would want to give the bosses.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all information warriors, March 30, 1999
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This review is from: Information Warfare and Security (Paperback)
This book is from the author of such classics as `Cryptography and Data Security' and `Internet Besieged: Countering Cyberspace Scofflaws'. The author is a well-known and respected authority on security and related issues. In this information age where information is becoming the most critical resource and a strategic weapon, organizations and individuals are doing everything within their powers to secure one's own resources and break into others. The book could not have come at a better time.
The book is a study in detail. The coverage and scope is elaborate, that make one doubt, whether the book can do justice to the TOC. But have no fear, the book not only do justice to the TOC but goes much further. It covers the entire terrain, all the battlefields and explains the concepts, technologies and techniques.
This book covers everything from the simple computer worms to the highly complex and sophisticated information warfare strategies and counter-strategies. If you are in-charge of protecting the information resources of your organization carry this book with you always and give a copy to all the members of your team.
The book's size and binding style could have been improved. The size can be justified for sake of portability. But this is a serious topic, so a slightly bigger font and book size and a `lay-flat' binding would have made the reading much easier.
Two features that add considerable value to the book are the extensive Bibliography and Endnotes sections. Any body who is not satisfied (most people will be more than satisfied) with the coverage and want to do further research, these sections would prove invaluable.
A list of the security related sites and other resources available on the Internet would have been a valuable addition. Also a glossary of terms would have been nice.
A MUST READ AND MUST TO HAVE BOOK FOR EVERYBODY WHO HAS ANYTHING TO WITH INFORMATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. Copyright © 1999, Pegasus Book Club
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Academic book for everyone, February 23, 1999
This review is from: Information Warfare and Security (Paperback)
The author uses this book as a reference for her class at university training, and you can see this in the documentation and bibliography that is at the end of the book, each single fact, issue and thing explained is documented with references. No "hearsay" documentation or unverifiable "factoids" but a true, full and comprehensive documentation about all the aspect of security. And this is the second strong point of this book, the fact that cover ALL concerns security, not only computer related issues. Couple this two very good things with a very good writing style and a very readable matters and what you have is maybe one of the best book about security that money can buy. If you are searching a book about specific matters (i.e. Cryptography) this book is not for you (too generic) but if you need a definitive resource for all the aspects of security this book is for you.
Only problem is that, after reading it, you can become a little paranoid...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Organized Summary of Network Security, January 15, 2000
This review is from: Information Warfare and Security (Paperback)
Dorothy Denning has crafted a comprehensive yet easy to read text on network security. Anyone who ventures on to the Internet and uses telnet, ftp, or SMTP should consider this book required reading. In fact anyone who merely uses Browsers should aquaint themselves with this text. "Information Warefare and Security" provides the reader with theories of information warefare as well as insight into cyber crime. While this book can be used by an academic it can also serve as a guide to the dangersous curves in the information superhighway. As such it is suitable reading for the solitary learner or for college courses in the Internet.
Some of the courses that would benefit from assigning this book as supplementary reading are as follows: SOFTWARE SECURITY, eCOMMERCE ISSUES, and INTERNET FOR EDUCATORS.
A computer science elective in SOFTWARE SECURITY would benefit from the case studies that vary form viruses to spoofing incidents.
An eCOMMERCE elective could use this book to understand the risk management that is necessary in electronic commerce
INTERNET FOR EDUCATORS. The book could be used as a supplement to a EDUCATION course for K-12 teachers who need to practice "defensive information techniques" inorder to prevent the spreading of Macro viruses, spoofing of identities that could be used to gather information on students, and understand access controls.
In sum, this is a worthy addition to any library
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for anyone interested, March 7, 1999
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I am a highschoolstudent and have to do a report on on onliobe information warfare. This book helped me a lot. I leked how it used statistics and a lot of references. you can tell the author is really qualified and she used it in her class. I would recomend this book to anyoine interested in information warefare.
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Information Warfare and Security by Dorothy E. Denning (Paperback - December 20, 1998)
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