Computer Security Basics

ISBN-10: 0596006691
ISBN-13: 9780596006693
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: In 1991, computer security was a vague subject that managers and system administrators decided, reluctantly, that they needed to know more about. Most security initiatives were based on the "Orange Book" (Trusted Computer System Evaluation  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386

In 1991, computer security was a vague subject that managers and system administrators decided, reluctantly, that they needed to know more about. Most security initiatives were based on the "Orange Book" (Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria), a US Department of Defense publication that baffled casual readers. O'Reilly's "Computer Security Basics" contained a readable introduction to the Orange Book -- why it existed, what it contained, and what the different security levels were all about. Over the past 15 years, this classic book has continued to sell steadily. Today, security is a hot topic, and international (ISO) security standards largely have replaced the Orange Book. But for those of you who need to understand the fundamentals, "Computer Security Basics" is still the best book to consult. The new edition builds on the well-established principles developed in the original edition and thoroughly updates that core knowledge. For novice security administrators, system administrators, and developers, "Computer Security Basics" offers a clear overview of the security concepts you need to know: access controls, malicious software, security policy, cryptography, biometrics, and government regulations and standards. And it does so in a way that you can easily understand, even if you aren't very familiar with security. This is the must-have book for a must-know field.

Rick Lehtinen started his career in electronic communications, from installing two-way radios to building television stations and satellite uplink facilities. Frequent contribution of articles to the trade press led to a position as an editor at Broadcast Engineering magazine, as well as a sister publication, Video Systems, which was followed by nationwide travel promoting desktop video production as "Dr. Video".After relocating to Phoenix, Lehtinen researched and produced marketing information for the semiconductor industry. This lead to a survey of computers and networking, which field eventually became a passion. Lehtinen financed his studies by teaching and writing, and is on the adjunct faculty of several community colleges and vocational schools. As a course writer for the Cisco Network Academy, he has worked with materials from conception through post-production, including learner assessment and the creation of annoying multiple choice questions. Lehtinen holds certifications in computer security (CISSP), networking (CCNP, CCDP), and telecommunications design (BICSII RCDD) and is the author of Computer Security Basics, 2/E. His hobbies include spending time with his family, playing the tuba, and writing about complimentary/alternative medical technologies.

G.T. Gangemi, Sr., is Director of Wang Laboratories' Secure Systems Program. The Wang organization mirrors the structure of the U.S. government's Information Security (INFOSEC) program, encompassing computer security (COMPUSEC), communications security (COMSEC), TEMPEST, and physical access. Mr. Gangemi is responsible for all Wang security-related products designed for government and commercial use. He has previously held management positions at Wang in a variety of areas, including research and development, product management and marketing, account management, and business planning. He attended La Salle College and the Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He served in the U.S. Army and is a private pilot.

Preface
Security for Today
Introduction
Some Security History
Computer Security
Computer System Security and Access Controls
Viruses and Other Wildlife
Establishing and Maintaining a Security Policy
Web Attacks and Internet Vulnerabilities
Communications Security
Encryption
Communications and Network Security
Other Types of Security
Physical Security and Biometrics
Wireless Network Security
Appendixes
OSI Model
TEMPEST
The Orange Book, FIPS PUBS, and the Common Criteria
Colophon

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