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Wireshark Network Analysis: The Official Wireshark Certified Network Analyst Study Guide
Wireshark Network Analysis: The Official Wireshark Certified Network Analyst Study Guide
by Laura A. Chappell
Edition: Paperback
29 used & new from $34.91

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with material beyond Wireshark, April 9, 2010
I was a little nervous when I started reading this book. Chapter 1 provided an overview of network analysis, but had a lot of "personality." When I read, "Wait...more data is coming in...and more...and...SCREECH!" I wasn't too sure if I was going to finish the book. At over 700 pages, I was hoping that each page contained only "meat and potatoes," without a lot of dry humor and meaningless analogies. Thankfully, a few pages later I began what turned into a great read -- full of solid content.

Wireshark Network Analysis goes well beyond Wireshark functionality. Although the first several chapters outline how to best use Wireshark -- examining the settings, filters, and other configurations -- I think the true value of the book is in the detailed explanations of network traffic analysis. For instance, pg. 304 delves into DNS. This section tells the reader exactly what DNS is used for and provides an analysis of normal and abnormal DNS traffic. It also shows screenshots of the packet, displays and describes its contents. This type of analysis is provided throughout the book and covers all forms of network traffic (including suspect traffic -- my personal favorite).

Page 563 resonated with me, as I'm a firm believer in baselining network traffic. In this section, Wireshark Network Analysis details the importance of baselining and the types of traffic to focus on. Like other sections, this section also provides screenshots and shows how to analyze traffic and packet statistics.

There were minimal grammar errors, and it does seem like the case studies were not tech edited by the book editor -- many of them contained several grammar mistakes. Although, it does appear that the case studies were all submitted by third parties and probably used as-is. Nevertheless, I can provide plenty of other examples as to why Wireshark Network Analysis is a great book. There are plenty of screenshots, review questions with answers on the next page (instead of making the reader turn to the back of the book), and links to tons of packet captures for analyzing on your own. Overall, the book is well-written and, in my opinion, the best network analysis book on the market today.
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CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Third Edition (All-In-One Certification)
CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Third Edition (All-In-One Certification)
by Shon Harris
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AIOv3 Review and exam tips, July 20, 2007
This book is one of the best resources in preparing for the CISSP exam. Although it may contain a few errors, the author presents the material in an easy-to-read style. Sure, the exam may not cover every sentence and paragraph from this text, but that's true of any study guide. Each exam is different, and not everything can be covered in 250 questions. The additional information in this text also aids in better understanding of some of the concepts.

You must know and understand the concepts to pass this exam. While reading through unfamiliar domains or "hard to grasp" concepts, read some of the listed references, applicable NIST documents, or websites. Reading this text and cross-referencing the material with other resources will increase your understanding. I used the following:

1. AIOv3 (All in One)
2. CISSP Passport (good for a quick study session, but not nearly as in-depth)
3. Exam Force Audio MP3 (not as in-depth, but good for using your driving time wisely)
4. The CISSP and CAP Prep Guide (didn't use this one too much...not an easy read)

In addition to your chosen resources, be sure to take plenty of practice exams. I found that cccure.org is an excellent resource, as it's free and others try to charge for the same questions. These questions will give you a feel for the "wording" on the actual exam, but you'll never see any exact questions come test day.

Good luck on the exam, and remember to think of each answer from a manager's perspective. Skip the questions that may seem difficult, and they "should" seem a lot easier once you've come back to them at the end. Your experience, coupled with a good study plan will get you there. Again, good luck!


The Executive Guide to Information Security: Threats, Challenges, and Solutions
The Executive Guide to Information Security: Threats, Challenges, and Solutions
by Mark Egan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $28.26
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Resource, March 4, 2007
As malware and other vicious threats evolve, security professionals must stay abreast of the methods and strategies used to mitigate them. If you're looking for additional information to strengthen your security management posture, this book will get you started. The only downside is the lack of "deeper" information on phishing. Phishing is becoming a prominent threat to organizations, and requires the immediate attention of executives and security specialists.


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