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Excellent coverage of the exam and a good reference as well.
on December 9, 2001
For those of you who work on the PIX Firewall from Cisco and need to be trained on the finer points of the application, you'll find this book is right up your alley. The author has put a great deal of effort in this manual and results give you the best possible book on the topic I have seen so far.
In over 750 pages this manual is broken down into five parts, each building on the section before. The amount of information included is very detailed and well documented and I can see another volume of information on the horizon.
In part 1 this is where you learn to set up the security policy dealing with threats, denial of service attacks and the hacking process. Also covered the security policies and securing the switches and routers.
Part 2 moves to dial-up security with the use is Cisco's AAA security, PPP, CHAP, PAP, TACTAS+, ACS and Radius are the major topics covered. Showing the different ways to ensure the dial in accounts are the only things creating traffic that will enter into your network.
In Part 3 the author shows that the secure internet connection is one of the most important parts of the network security scheme. Topics include the setting up of the DMZ, using and working with the bastion host, firewall with NAT and PAT, and the Cisco PIX Firewall.
Part 4 is the PIX Firewall section where you learn about the configuration of the PIX firewall, configuring multiple interfaces and AAA encryption. Finally part 5 which deals with VPN and IPSec. The author does ensure an understanding of IPSec, configuration and configuration with PIX rounds out the Section.
Case studies are included, examples of the router code, an abundance of other examples and well as hands on tasks makes this a must have for everyone network manager, administrator and security specialist.