REVIEW: "Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", Gregory White

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  1. BKA1SECP.RVW 20031018

    "Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", Gregory White, 2003,
    0-07-222633-1, U$59.99/C$89.95/UK#45.00
    %A Gregory White
    %C 300 Water Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 9B6
    %D 2003
    %G 0-07-222633-1
    %I McGraw-Hill Ryerson/Osborne
    %O U$59.99/C$89.95/UK#45.00 +1-800-565-5758 fax: 905-430-5020
    %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0072226331/robsladesinterne
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0072226331/robsladesinte-21
    %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0072226331/robsladesin03-20
    %P 558 p. + CD-ROM
    %T "Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide"

    Part one is nominally on authentication. Chapter one covers general
    security concepts. Good ideas are provided, but sometimes in a poor
    structure (the domains are unique, adhering neither to the CISSP
    [Certified Information System Security Professional] CBK [Common Body
    of Knowledge] nor the Security+ formation). The wording can sometimes
    confuse those new to the field, such as the use of "diversity of
    defence" for what is otherwise known as least common mechanism.

    Part two describes malware and attacks. Chapter two could use more
    organization and taxonomy, and the virus material is limited and
    dated, but otherwise it is generally good.

    Part three concentrates on networking, or security in transmissions.
    Chapter three deals with remote access, and is not as good as the
    prior material, consisting mostly of a list of protocols. Email, in
    chapter four, is not particularly good at examining viruses, worms,
    hoaxes, spam, and encryption. The Web is limited to SSL (Secure
    Sockets Layer), programming bugs, and cookies, in chapter five. The
    wireless part of chapter six is fine as far as it goes, and there is
    an odd inclusion of instant messaging.

    Part four looks at security for the infrastructure. Chapter seven is
    an oddly structured list of networking and computer components, with
    even more duplication of topics and material than earlier chapters
    showed. The basics of intrusion detection systems are provided in
    chapter eight, but there are also extraneous details. Chapter nine
    suggests hardening computers, but, as is usual with such advice, it is
    short on how: for example, we are told to turn off unnecessary Windows
    services but not how to tell which ones can be safely discarded or
    even how to find out which services are running. Linux and UNIX fair
    rather worse than usual in this section.

    Cryptography and applications are in part five. Chapter ten has
    another odd organizational flow, with lots of details but few that are
    of use, and a very short mention of the concept of asymmetric
    encryption. Public Key Infrastructure, in chapter eleven, is verbose
    but still thin on details. Standards and protocols, in chapter
    twelve, starts with excessive detail on PKI, but then ventures
    randomly into other topics.

    Part six looks at operations security. Chapter thirteen, on
    organizational and operational security, touches on security
    management, physical security, and miscellaneous topics. A little bit
    on business continuity planning, backups, policies, and ethics is in
    chapter fourteen.

    Part seven refers to administrative controls. There is a wandering
    discussion of security and law in chapter fifteen, privilege
    management (otherwise known as access control) in sixteen, computer
    forensics and simple evidence preservation in seventeen, risk
    management in eighteen, and change management in nineteen.

    This book could do with a wholesale restructuring, and, overall, the
    material is rather vague and general.

    copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKA1SECP.RVW 20031018

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    Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor, Feb 2, 2004
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  2. Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor

    Rowdy Yates Guest

    (Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor) wrote in
    news:6PuTb.1031$:

    > BKA1SECP.RVW 20031018
    >
    > "Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", Gregory White, 2003,
    > 0-07-222633-1, U$59.99/C$89.95/UK#45.00

    snipped....

    Just wondering, is that certification worth pursuing? Can you really get a
    better job with it?


    --
    Rowdy Yates
    I am Against-TCPA
    http://www.againsttcpa.com
    Rowdy Yates, Feb 3, 2004
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  3. Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor

    Ford Prefect Guest

    Re: REVIEW: "Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", GregoryWhite

    Rowdy Yates wrote:
    > (Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor) wrote in
    > news:6PuTb.1031$:
    >
    >
    >>BKA1SECP.RVW 20031018
    >>
    >>"Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", Gregory White, 2003,
    >>0-07-222633-1, U$59.99/C$89.95/UK#45.00

    >
    > snipped....
    >
    > Just wondering, is that certification worth pursuing? Can you really get a
    > better job with it?


    Why not ask Mauricio Fernandez MCSE, CCNA -- he seems to think it is
    the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    Funny thing though, he claims to have the certification, yet doesn't
    list it after his name....
    Ford Prefect, Feb 3, 2004
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  4. Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor

    Rowdy Yates Guest

    Ford Prefect <> wrote in
    news::

    >
    >
    > Rowdy Yates wrote:
    >> (Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor) wrote
    >> in news:6PuTb.1031$:
    >>
    >>
    >>>BKA1SECP.RVW 20031018
    >>>
    >>>"Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", Gregory White, 2003,
    >>>0-07-222633-1, U$59.99/C$89.95/UK#45.00

    >>
    >> snipped....
    >>
    >> Just wondering, is that certification worth pursuing? Can you really
    >> get a better job with it?

    >
    > Why not ask Mauricio Fernandez MCSE, CCNA -- he seems to think it is
    > the greatest thing since sliced bread.
    >
    > Funny thing though, he claims to have the certification, yet doesn't
    > list it after his name....
    >


    sorry, i guess i am new. who is Mauricio Fernandez?

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    Rowdy Yates
    I am Against-TCPA
    http://www.againsttcpa.com
    Rowdy Yates, Feb 4, 2004
    #4
  5. And she still doesnt stop. LOL I must have really hurt your feelings.
    Because you still talk about me long after.

    --SNIPPED

    Can't get me out of your mind?

    --SNIPPED

    Keep up the good work sissy.
    Mauricio Fernandez MCSE, CCNA, Feb 5, 2004
    #5
  6. Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor

    Ford Prefect Guest

    Re: REVIEW: "Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", GregoryWhite

    Rowdy Yates wrote:
    > Ford Prefect <> wrote in
    > news::
    >
    >
    >>
    >>Rowdy Yates wrote:
    >>
    >>> (Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor) wrote
    >>>in news:6PuTb.1031$:
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>>BKA1SECP.RVW 20031018
    >>>>
    >>>>"Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", Gregory White, 2003,
    >>>>0-07-222633-1, U$59.99/C$89.95/UK#45.00
    >>>
    >>>snipped....
    >>>
    >>>Just wondering, is that certification worth pursuing? Can you really
    >>>get a better job with it?

    >>
    >>Why not ask Mauricio Fernandez MCSE, CCNA -- he seems to think it is
    >>the greatest thing since sliced bread.
    >>
    >>Funny thing though, he claims to have the certification, yet doesn't
    >>list it after his name....
    >>

    >
    >
    > sorry, i guess i am new. who is Mauricio Fernandez


    You must also be new to the art of reading...
    ....you responded to Fernandez's posts under another thread in the
    alt.computers.security newsgroup... (Hint.. look for a thread on
    Security+ Certification....)

    >
    Ford Prefect, Feb 5, 2004
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  7. Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor

    Ford Prefect Guest

    Re: REVIEW: "Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", GregoryWhite

    Mauricio Fernandez MCSE, CCNA wrote:
    > And she still doesnt stop. LOL I must have really hurt your feelings.
    > Because you still talk about me long after.


    Here I was trying to make amends by referring this person to you as a
    source of knowledge for the certification, and all you can do is a
    sarcastic reply.

    Oh, the horror of it all...

    >
    > --SNIPPED
    >
    > Can't get me out of your mind?


    You were never let into my mind to begin with... I don't like to
    clutter it with useless things...

    But it sure is funny how you feel compeled to answer to my every
    challenge...

    >
    > --SNIPPED
    >
    > Keep up the good work sissy.


    Ouch! Now that HURT.
    But obvisouly such a witty response is truly a sign that you are the
    winner of this disargeement...

    By the way, do you always venture into a battle of wits only half
    prepared?
    Ford Prefect, Feb 5, 2004
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  8. Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor

    Rowdy Yates Guest

    Ford Prefect <> wrote in news:40218D98.6030807
    @end.universe:

    >
    > You must also be new to the art of reading...
    > ...you responded to Fernandez's posts under another thread in the
    > alt.computers.security newsgroup... (Hint.. look for a thread on
    > Security+ Certification....)
    >
    >>

    >


    oh.. you're good at this newsgroup stuff...

    --
    Rowdy Yates
    I am Against-TCPA
    http://www.againsttcpa.com
    Rowdy Yates, Feb 5, 2004
    #8
  9. You are so funny. I feel sorry for your kind. I bet you'd never speak
    to anyone in this way in person. I guess since your behind that
    keyboard your feel empowered to say what you like. You know what I
    mean Like super man has his cape you have your Keyboard.

    Anyone uses the word "WITTY" I mean come on. What kind of man says
    WITTY. I mean your feminine manuarism really makes me smile.

    As I kept saying bud, keep up the good work. Usenets needs it's share
    of WITTY HUMOR.

    Were you raised by sheep? I don't know, Where I'm from MEN don't hide
    behind keyboards and play "LET ME SEE WHOM I CAN BELITTLE TODAY"
    because I WAS belittled my whole life, the internet gives me a chance
    to take GIVE BACK to all the bullys.
    Mauricio Fernandez MCSE, CCNA, Feb 5, 2004
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  10. Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor

    Ford Prefect Guest

    Re: REVIEW: "Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide", GregoryWhite

    Mauricio Fernandez MCSE, CCNA wrote:
    > You are so funny. I feel sorry for your kind. I bet you'd never speak
    > to anyone in this way in person.


    Someone who has been as arrogant as you have doesn't deserve to have
    things sugar-coated. I do not mince words with your kind... whether
    in person or not. If you don't like it, that's your problem.

    > I guess since your behind that
    > keyboard your feel empowered to say what you like.


    No, I don't need a keyboard to feel empowered. But you are probably
    used to lessor minions scraping and groveling at your feet rather than
    cutting through the BS and telling you the truth. Which is likely why
    you became so upset at hearing the truth about the certification.

    If you can't take the heat, stay out of the profession and out of the
    newsgroups.

    > You know what I
    > mean Like super man has his cape you have your Keyboard.
    > Anyone uses the word "WITTY" I mean come on. What kind of man says
    > WITTY. I mean your feminine manuarism really makes me smile.


    You certainly have a strange perspection on the use of language and
    terms. Only someone who is at a total loss for a reasonable response
    would resort to such feeble personal attacks.

    By the way, REAL men don't make personal attacks in place of reasoned
    arguement and discussion. Strange how you exhibit the classic style
    of one who cannot tolerate losing an arguement... rather than admit
    defeat, you resort to personal attacks. Rather childish, very
    unprofessional, and not what one would expect of a REAL man.....

    > As I kept saying bud, keep up the good work. Usenets needs it's share
    > of WITTY HUMOR.
    >
    > Were you raised by sheep? I don't know, Where I'm from MEN don't hide
    > behind keyboards and play "LET ME SEE WHOM I CAN BELITTLE TODAY"
    > because I WAS belittled my whole life, the internet gives me a chance
    > to take GIVE BACK to all the bullys.


    And once more you demonstrte my point for me....

    Your lines of reasoning are even weaker than your demonstrated
    knowledge of the security field. Again, rather than being able to
    argue reasonably against my comments about the specific cetification,
    you resort to personal attacks.

    However, please continue to do so, as each time you spout off you
    further demonstrate your immaturity and lack of professionalism.
    Ford Prefect, Feb 5, 2004
    #10
  11. Good Job Mr. Witty, Keep up the good work.
    Mauricio Fernandez MCSE, CCNA, Feb 5, 2004
    #11
  12. BTW, I come on these boards primarily to help people out. Read my
    couple hundred threads and you'll see. I come here for pure liesure.
    After 5 my friend that professional hat is hung up til the next day.
    Take care Mr. Witty
    Mauricio Fernandez MCSE, CCNA, Feb 5, 2004
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