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Security Awareness: Applying Practical Security in Your World 4th Edition

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1. INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY. Challenges of Securing Information. What Is Information Security? Who Are the Attackers? Attacks and Defenses. 2. DESKTOP SECURITY. Attacks on Desktop Computers. Desktop Defenses. Recovering from Attacks. 3. INTERNET SECURITY. How the Internet Works. Internet Attacks. Internet Defenses. 4. PERSONAL SECURITY. Attacks on Personal Security. Personal Security Defenses. 5. MOBILE DEVICE SECURITY. Threats Against Mobile Devices. Securing Mobile Devices. 6. WIRELESS NETWORK SECURITY. How Networks Work. Attacks on Networks. Wireless Network Defenses. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mark Ciampa is Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Previously, he served as Associate Professor and Director of Academic Computing for 20 years at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Dr. Ciampa has worked in the IT industry as a computer consultant for the U.S. Postal Service, the Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service, and the University of Tennessee. He is also the author of many Cengage/Course Technology books, including Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals; CWNA Guide to Wireless LANs, 3e; CWSP Guide to Wireless Security; Guide to Wireless Communications; and Networking BASICS. He holds a PhD in digital communication systems from Indiana State University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 4 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111644187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111644185
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Security awareness is a vital part of information security. Just how important is it? In September, the 10-day SANS Security Awareness Summit 2014 will cover every aspect of the topic.

For those that want to get an appreciation for the topic but can’t make it to Dallas for the Summit, Security Awareness: Applying Practical Security in Your World is a good resource for the reader that wants both an understanding of the theoretical awareness issues, and how to practically address them.

Author Mark Ciampa is a computer science professor Western Kentucky University with an expansive background on the topic.

The book has an awareness focus for Windows users. The reader is expected to be somewhat technical, and relatively comfortable with using Windows tools.

For those looking for a mid-level reference on the topic, a book that’s not too basic, and also not so broad, Security Awareness: Applying Practical Security in Your World is a good resource to add to any information security awareness program.
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I traded this in to Amazon because it helped me pass my CSI class with flying colors so, I didn't need it anymore. But if your going into the computer sciences, I definitely recommend. With technology expanding so rapidly, we tend to forget that we need to protect the information that we share. I love that there are tons of scenarios in this book that relate to today.
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I bought this book for a class,and it has a lot of useful information and vocabulary that increases awareness about computer security. It helped me separate what hacking really is, versus what people sometimes think it is. In the world we live in today, I think everyone should be conscious of their online security. Contrary to most school textbooks, this was quite interesting.
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Got this book for a class... I use Linux and Android, and much of this book isn't well suited for anything but Windows. The information is (predictably, considering the time it takes to publish a hard copy text book) out dated by a few years. Decent introduction to information security for someone who has no comprehension of what that is whatsoever - for the price, I was hoping for something a little more advanced.
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This is a great book for those just starting out in the IT world as well as an up to date refresher for those IT professionals looking to expand their knowledge. Has alot of self-teaching tools to aid in understanding the content.
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I would recommend this book to those who are new in technology. However, this book also has some information that even experienced IT individuals could use.
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This is a required text for my class. It needs some serious editing before it goes to its fifth edition.

I have enough experience to know that some areas covered by the book are done very poorly. The chapter review questions can be awkwardly worded. I feel, though, I am learning some, particularly the terminology of security. The book describes good defensive practices which would definitely be valuable for the novice, but not anything you couldn't find with a little bit of web searching.

Get this if required but it's not a keeper so borrow or rent it.
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Great book; well written.
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