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Computer Security: Art and Science 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 078-5342440997
ISBN-10: 0201440997
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From the Back Cover

"This is an excellent text that should be read by every computer security professional and student."

—Dick Kemmerer, University of California, Santa Barbara.

"This is the most complete book on information security theory, technology, and practice that I have encountered anywhere!"

—Marvin Schaefer, Former Chief Scientist, National Computer Security Center, NSA

This highly anticipated book fully introduces the theory and practice of computer security. It is both a comprehensive text, explaining the most fundamental and pervasive aspects of the field, and a detailed reference filled with valuable information for even the most seasoned practitioner. In this one extraordinary volume the author incorporates concepts from computer systems, networks, human factors, and cryptography. In doing so, he effectively demonstrates that computer security is an art as well as a science.

Computer Security: Art and Science includes detailed discussions on:

  • The nature and challenges of computer security
  • The relationship between policy and security
  • The role and application of cryptography
  • The mechanisms used to implement policies
  • Methodologies and technologies for assurance
  • Vulnerability analysis and intrusion detection
  • Computer Security discusses different policy models, and presents mechanisms that can be used to enforce these policies. It concludes with examples that show how to apply the principles discussed in earlier sections, beginning with networks and moving on to systems, users, and programs.

    This important work is essential for anyone who needs to understand, implement, or maintain a secure network or computer system.


    About the Author

    Matt Bishop is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis. A recognized expert in vulnerability analysis, secure systems/software design, network security, access control, authentication, and UNIX security, Bishop also works to improve computer security instruction.


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    Product Details

    • Hardcover: 1136 pages
    • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (December 12, 2002)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0201440997
    • ISBN-13: 978-0201440997
    • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    By Stephen Northcutt on April 2, 2003
    Format: Hardcover
    Please understand that the Amazon star system, while very powerful has limits, I feel this book is 5 stars as a textbook for an undergrad computer security course, 4 stars for a graduate student and 3 stars for a book on the average information security worker's shelf.
    Computer Security Art and Science has been years in the making and for good reason; it is over a thousand pages. The book seems best suited for four groups of readers. The first group is college students; this will probably be a popular choice as a textbook for undergraduate level students and with additional materials, graduate level students. It is a complete guide to computer security terminology and theory. Other groups of readers that would benefit from this book include security knowledgeable managers seeking to assess the knowledge of potential employees especially in policy and architecture positions. A third group includes anyone preparing for information security certifications. If you are wish to certify you will benefit from a close reading of this text before attempting your examination. Finally, anyone seeking to understand the big picture of information security would benefit from Computer Security Art and Science. However the book's value is primarily as a textbook!
    Like most authors writing a security book, Matt has chosen to start at a basic level beginning with a discussion of confidentiality, integrity and availability. As a reviewer I was quietly wondering how long he would stay there. The answer proved to be one chapter only and at the back of the chapter one the author has included insightful, thought provoking study questions. If I were considering hiring someone who claimed to have experience in information security that could not answer these questions, I would show them the door.
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    Format: Hardcover
    This book gives an excellent introduction to the subject of computer security, both from a practical and theoretical point of view. Computer scientists and not security professionals will probably gain the most from the reading of the book, but there is enough practical discussion to allow the latter to gain more insight into various aspects of computer security, particularly in the mathematics of encryption. The book is designed for use in academic classroom settings, and the author gives two different outlines for use in both undergraduate and graduate level courses. The book is divided up into 9 parts, only parts 2 and 3 of which I read in any detail, with the rest only briefly perused. For this reason only these two parts will be reviewed here.
    Part 2 of the book is a view of security from the standpoint of theoretical computer science. The author discusses models for the decidability of security systems, i.e. is there a generic algorithm that will determine whether a computer system is secure? As expected, this question is addressed in the context of Turing machines, and the author shows that it is undecidable whether a given state of a given protection system is safe for a given generic right. However the proof proceeds by contradiction, and those of us who insist on constructive proofs in all of mathematics will not accept this one. It would be interesting to find a constructive proof of this result.
    If the protection system is restricted in some way then they safety question is decidable. The author discusses such a system, the "Take-Grant Protection Model" in terms of directed graphs, and he shows that this model is decidable in linear time with respect to the size of the graph.
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    Format: Hardcover
    At over 1000 pages, Computer Security: Art and Science is a veritable everything you need to know about computer security. But for most readers, the book will be far too much information, in a style that is more academic than practical.
    The academic style of the book is understandable as the author, Dr. Matt Bishop is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis.
    The topics in the book cover the world of computer science, from access control, policy and cryptography, to information flow, vulnerability analysis, auditing and more. Unfortunately, this comes in a style that is heavy on formal methods and the extensive use of various forms of symbolic logic.
    Computer Security: Art and Science is a solid book, which is well suited for a graduate level university course for those looking primarily into the theoretical nature of computer security. But for those who are looking for practical answers on day-to-day corporate security issues, Computer Security: Art and Science, while a masterpiece, will not fit their needs.
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    Format: Hardcover
    I admit...this book was a required text for my computer security class, so I didn't buy it for my reading pleasure.

    First thought? GOOD GRIEF (it's about 1000 pages)!

    Current thinking? THANK GOODNESS I HAVE THIS BOOK.

    I have pages in every chapter marked and read and have to say that it has helped transform me from someone who didn't have a clue about computer secrurity to someone who is now getting the NSTISSI 4011 certification in conjunction with a PhD in Computer Information Systems with a focus in Information Security.

    The explanations are clear, yet bring the reader beyond the elementary level. Bishop covers a wide range of topics to help create a thorough understanding of security issues. Of most benefit to me was the section on Cryptography.

    I've read some review regarding the math. It's in there for those who would like to review it, but it not, just skim and read on. The first time I went through this book, I skipped any section with math, but found those very same sections useful as I learned the topics in depth.

    Since I bought this book a year ago (this review is dated 11/04) and I have not yet put it back on the shelf.
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