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Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals (Cyber Security) 3rd Edition

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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

  • Series: Cyber Security
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 3 edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1428340661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1428340664
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for two reasons: first I needed it for a security class this summer, second I needed a book with good testing software to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ exam. It served its purpose and I passed the exam easily.

The practice exam software is good, but I have used this exam engine from Certblaster before and the question text size they use is too small, which is very irratiting especially since there is plenty of room to use a larger text size. Unlike other books that use the same Certblaster software (usually a Course Technology publication), this one does not use the other functions that the test software offers, like providing the explanations to the questions, so you can actually learn as you go. Someone got lazy. Also the end of chapter question drills, which ask up to 20 questions, provide neither the answer OR the explanation key so you can check yourself; you have to dig through the text. End of chapter quizzes are really good learning tools, but these ones make you work too hard, and waste your time by making you hunt down the correct answers in a chapter you just read. They could at least give the answers, even if they are too lazy to provide the explanations. So, as an exam prep book, this one really falls down on its face in that area. I hate to criticize this fine book, but for almost 100.00 these overpriced Course Technology books should be doing better than this.

It is a good book as far as the text and layout go, very readable and enjoyable. But unless you need it for a class (as is often the case with Course Technology books), save your money and get the Sybex book, or Sybex+something else like the ExamCram and STILL pay less than half what this book costs.

I give it 3 stars. I would have given 5 except for the inexcusable lack of answers/explanations to the end of chapter review questions, the lack of answers/explanations to the Certblaster practice exams, and the insane price.
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This is used as the textbook for an introductory course in network security which I am taking. The book is clearly written and fairly well organized, and covers a broad range of topics.

However, the book suffers from a number of shortcomings.

First and foremost, it lacks footnotes, citations, or a bibliography. This is unprofessional on the face of it; this book is obviously not primary research, and often I wondered where the author was getting his information. Furthermore, since this book gives only cursory treatment to many important and complex subjects, suggestions for further reading would seem an obvious addition to the text. The book has an appendix with a list of security-related Websites, but most of those listed no longer exist.

Second, the book discusses Windows operating systems almost exclusively, and then, mostly Windows Vista. The subject at hand is network security, and in the world of network servers, Linux is dominant, with Windows servers a distant second place. Yet Linux is only mentioned in passing when mentioned at all, and coverage of Windows server operating systems is little better.

Third, each chapter ends with a self-quiz, which is trivially easy, and with exercises that consist simply in downloading and executing various tools for Windows. There is no real effort to reinforce the material of the chapter or deepen a reader's understanding; in fact, most of the self-quizzes and any of the exercises could be completed without reading the text at all.

Fourth, the binding of the book is quite bad. Shortly after purchasing it as a new book, the binding cracked.

All in all, this book is simply an extended vocabulary lesson, providing some limited background knowledge. You may gain a rough idea what an SQL injection attack is by reading this book; but you would get no hints how to prevent one.
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Book was probably good when it first came out but colleges that use this for class nowadays do their students a huge dis-service. Dated and nearly useless by today's measures. Pick up something newer that covers topics in more detail
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The semester before I took the Security class this book was required for I took two classes that used the A+ and Network+ books similar to this one. I got A's in both the classes, and very, very easily passed both certification exams with the highest scores of anyone I asked in my class who also took them. I thought those books were excellent and the Cert Blaster software prepared me well for the exams.

This book was a different story. I will admit upfront I didn't put as much time into this class or the certification exam as I did the Net+ and A+, but I still got an A in the class. The difference was I failed the certification exam. To this day it's the only one I've ever failed. I have a web design certification, my A+, Net+, and CCNA all of which I passed in one try.

If this is required for a class, then get it. If you're just looking for help preparing for a certification exam then here's my advice. Skip both this book and the Security+ exam. My A+ and Net+ certifications are lifetime certs. After I took them CompTIA changed to having to refresh your certification every three years though, meaning anyone who takes a CompTIA exam from now on will have to take it every three years to stay certified. It's not worth your time. Instead take Cisco courses and buy their books, get your CCNA and your CCNA Security. These also have to be renewed every three years but are much more in depth and recognized than CompTIA.
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