REVIEW: "Internet Security", Tim Speed/Juanita Ellis

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    "Internet Security", Tim Speed/Juanita Ellis, 2003, 1-55558-298-2,
    %A Tim Speed
    %A Juanita Ellis
    %C 225 Wildwood Street, Woburn, MA 01801
    %D 2003
    %G 1-55558-298-2
    %I Digital Press
    %O U$44.99 800-366-BOOK Fax: 617-933-6333 fax: +1-800-446-6520
    %P 398 p.
    %T "Internet Security: A Jumpstart for Systems Administrators and
    IT Managers"

    The introduction starts out by talking about wild west bank robbers
    and then admits that those stories have nothing to do with the topic
    at hand. Inexplicably, the theme continues to be used throughout the

    Chapter one gives a timeline of Internet related historical events,
    and an overview of the base protocols of the TCP/IP suite at various
    levels of detail. (There are also some screenshots from Microsoft
    Windows.) The security review process provided in chapter two is not
    bad, although it gets weaker as it moves into details. Cryptography
    is explained on an "it works by magic" level in chapter three.
    Chapter four talks about some of the technologies discussed earlier,
    but the purpose of the repetition is unclear. Firewalls are described
    in chapter five, and a checklist for evaluating them is provided, but
    many points on the review form will be difficult for any but the
    expert to assess. Aspects of authentication are discussed in chapter
    six, but there is very limited explanation on most points. Factors
    involved in public key infrastructures are handled in much the same
    way in chapter seven. Chapter eight, supposedly about messaging
    security, starts out with viruses and other malware, drifts through
    spam, and ends up with a number of issues regarding proper
    configuration of email systems. A reasonably good overview of risk
    management and mitigation is given in chapter nine, although the
    material could use a bit more structure. The content on incident
    response, disaster recovery, and business continuity, in chapter ten,
    is not as good, but still fair.

    Those who know security will recognize the patterns underlying the
    material that the authors present. Those who have tried to explain
    security concepts, however, will understand that what is given in the
    text is superficial and sometimes misleading. IT managers who do not
    require details may be able to take a very limited familiarity with
    terms and concepts from this work. System administrators will need
    considerably more detail, and need material with a greater
    comprehension of areas of strength and weakness in the various aspects
    and technologies of security.

    copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKISJSAM.RVW 20040719


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