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Principles of Information Security
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2012
Let me start by saying that I was required to purchase this book for school. I came to Amazon to purchase it and I read all of the negative reviews beforehand, so I already had the bar set pretty low. Nothing could have prepared me for just how bad this book really is.

This book is nothing but page after page after page of definitions of security terms. It might as well be an unorganized dictionary. It does not actually teach you how to do anything. There is zero practical, real-world application, just a bunch of theory. The book just lists IT security terms, followed by either a vague explanation or an overly lengthy one. It's almost as if it were written for someone who is going to hire IT security personnel, so that the hiring manager can learn what buzz-words he needs to throw at the candidate in an interview. But if you want to actually learn how to do IT security yourself, then read a different book because you won't learn how from this one.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2012
The authors of this book either have the personality of a crescent wrench or the perseverance of GOD. I don't know if it's possible to make the subject of information security entertaining or interesting, but after reading a few chapters of this book, I think probably not. Corporate drones. Infinite bureaucracies. Documentation. Guidelines. Charts and graphs. If any of this sounds even remotely interesting please harm yourself immediately. Really, it's ok. Your friends won't care, probably because you don't have any, but still. One last thought: If hell has a library, this will be the only book in it.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2012
I am in a Management Information Systems program at college but have a Network+. So I have more "tech" experience then your typical "manager", please keep that in mind when reading my review. This review is not in-depth or complete. Leave comments if you have any questions

In my opinion this book is HORRIBLE. It was published in 2012 (according to the text in the book) but does not cover any recent technologies or applications, such as Virtualization, RootKits or even (extremely) simple things like HTTPS (See Below).

A large part of this book is on the managerial aspect of Information Systems. I can give credit to the authors for those sections... even though a lot of them are extremely redundant. Half of the book seems to be extra fluff that was written in a manner to make the author seem extremely knowledgeable on things that are "common body of knowledge". Spending half a page to explain why an "Incident Response" plan should be created to respond in the case of an incident ^--Common Sense Much^?

So I mentioned HTTPS earlier. The reason why I point this is that HTTPS is no where in the book. The authors INSTEAD spend about a page talking about SHTTP. NO ONE USES SHTTP. It was published in 1999. And made invalid by HTTPS which was PUBLISHED IN 2000. 12 years ago..... Like seriously. I understand technology is constantly updating... but 12 damn years? I learned this stuff in High School, like 5 years ago. There is text on the bottom of the cover that says "Preparing Tomorrow's Information Security Professionals." This is a lie. There is practically no discussion of any recent software, and much of the software examples that are provided are extremely outdated. I learn more on Google in a day then all the hours I spent reading this book this semester.

Another quirk: In the glossary there is a definition for "firewalls" as being "Walls that limit the spread of damage should a fire break out in an office" This is really self explanatory...

I have a feeling this book is geared towards people with ZERO technology experience. If you going to be a manager, and want to go to college then get a managerial degree. If your a manager, then 9 times out of 10, your going to hire a CTO. If you going into MIS, then 9 times out of 10, your going to have a more technical background them your "average" manager. So it would be nice if this book was a tad more technical.

The only reason why I bought the book was because it was required for class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2013
I am not sure why academia insists on these authors for IT Security coursework. Out of my own enthusiasm from an IT Security class in 2006 I began using their book(s); as required. The 2003 (and I am not just mentioning this edition, but proving a historical overview) edition is anything but fruitful with actual information to the field and is comprised of a bunch of non-factual real-world overviews for IT Security; to present-the same. Sure, anyone can pull up some quick abbreviations or definitions that are loosely defined from multiple sources but actually knowing how to sniff and probe and crack and identify and trace is an actual method deployment, and just lightly giving a very poor definition for what it is-absolutely shows these folks have no clue as to how the guts of information systems are orchestrated. I am sick of some hot-shot college professors who know little about the real-world and only text method are given such high amplitude to write and publish and profit, profit, profit from university's poor choice of mandatory material. Truth be told, I am not an author, nor in anyway related to an institution or its procurement-I have no reason to try and dispel anyone's work, but it's absurd that you have to pay upwards of $100 on average for a textbook usually and then one like this has very little meat and bones on how things really work providing ultimately; a poor education. All other editions are not practical to the real world, the books are so fluffy and lightweight it's a joke- I am finally getting to this task, writing this and throwing all these editions to include most recent out in the garbage today, hope it helps you. FYI.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2014
This is an honest review from someone who finished the class with an A. This was my first Security textbook.

This book conforms fully to CNSS Training Standard 4011. This may sound good and all but this may be one of the reasons the book feels like a dictionary. In order to follow those standard the writers had to add a bunch of topics randomly that did not go along with the chapters.

This has a very low Kincaid readability test and high Flesch-Kincaid grade level score. In order to understand the message at times one has to Google-Fu the information and worse look up different book sources for examples of what the hell the writers are trying to say.

I beg anyone to not buy this book and tell your teachers and school that this book is garbage. Ask them to switch to Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals by Mark Ciampa.

The writers of this book should be ashamed of making money of such an atrocious book. I keep all of my textbooks for future reference but I will actually burn this book and post it on YouTube for everyone to see. Thanks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2012
school book..enough said...I didnt read more than i had to but what i did read was entertaining. The book was not particularly reader friendly though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2014
I bought the kindle edition and then found out it doesn't work with cloud reader. It only works on physical kindle devices, not on other tablets or PCs. With no way to return the product, I basically got ripped off for the full value of the product. Useless! Why can't I read the book I bought and paid for? Every other ebook I've bought works with the cloud reader and my other tablet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2014
It is only available on the ipad and I assume the kindle fire. It is not viewable on the kindle paperlight turning mine into a kindle paperweight. Worse yet, it is not viewable from amazon's browser based read.amazon.com. In other words, this book turns your ipad into a less than optimal ebook. The paper copy would have been a better choice. I would suggest renting the book. The only advantage to the digital is that you can search for text in digital, but thats detracted by your inability to copy the text.

Which leads to the next part of the review. The book is the single most boring text I have ever read. I would rather read assembly code while jabbing my tympanic membrane with a knitting needle. Why the stabbing? Because I need a common theme with the textbook. It requires masochism to get through it. I put a survey into my university concerning how horrible this book is explaining that I am not recommending anybody else take my degree program or at least this course until they change the curriculum away from this textbook.

The opening page of chapter 1 is nearly interesting and I had hopes that the reviews were incorrect. After that it became a series of boring definitions of security terms. Hundreds of pages of nothing but definitions. They aren't even alphabetical and are barely even organized into chapter themes.

Run. from. this. book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2013
This book would not be my first choice, but it was required for a class. The nice thing is that if you are looking to get Security + certification, this book follows that content nicely.
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on January 23, 2014
Whoa. This book was incredibly sleep-inducing. Every time I would begin reading, all I wanted to do was lay my head down on the desk. At an extremely high velocity. Again and again.

All in all, I think the book has a lot of useful information. Some chapters were actually pretty interesting. Unfortunately, the usefulness of the information is a bit lost amongst the efforts your brain makes while reading to simply continue functioning. To say the reading is dry would be an understatement; it's more like a Texas drought where the ground cracks open and cows fall in. I know this doesn't have to be, as my Authorized Cert Guide for CompTIA Security+ by David Prowse is actually quite interesting and he has a sense of humor, so you know it's a real person writing it. The layout makes a difference as well. I know that paper is not quite so scarce that we can't spread the words out a bit and put in some bullets or paragraph breaks, rather than pages and pages of solid text. Bleh. Ain't nobody got time for that.

So, if you must get this book as a requirement, take heart - the semester will end. Until then, take frequent breaks, drink plenty of water, and just do your best to stay awake.
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