Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (March 16, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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This book seems to have an identity crisis - on one hand it goes into great detail on the MIME format of email (unrelated to security), while on the other it dedicated very little space to several critically important security concepts (e.g. HTTPS certificate usage in web browsers and modern cert practices). Much of the book is outdated, which also detracts heavily. The book does, however, provide a plethora of additional resources to turn to in order to fill in the many missing gaps. I felt I purchased a list of abbreviations and external resources instead of a complete book. I've worked in this field for decades, and don't find this book ideal for either beginners or experts. With the format of the questions at the end of each chapter, I believe this book is only intended to be used in a college setting as part of a course where additional material is available.
I had to get this book for my network security class. Overall, I found it a good reference but only about average as far as textbooks go. Being a very short book, it's an excellent reference when you have an existing basic understanding of the technology, but I wouldn't advise using this book as an introduction by itself. In my case, it was helpful for review, but not nearly as useful for first learning the material.
Book does not seem to use current terms and it is more of a mathematical digest in cryptography than modern practicality.
Presumes some prior knowledge of networks and computer security, so not a starter book for computer security. Book includes additional online resources that are also helpful.
A very good textbook for a novist. The materials covered are clearly defined and explained. I would love topic on biometric to be included in the revised edition.
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