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This best-selling guide provides a complete, practical, up-to-date introduction to network and computer security. SECURITY+ GUIDE TO NETWORK SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS, Fifth Edition, maps to the new CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Certification Exam, providing thorough coverage of all domain objectives to help readers prepare for professional certification and career success. The text covers the essentials of network security, including compliance and operational security; threats and vulnerabilities; application, data, and host security; access control and identity management; and cryptography. The extensively updated Fifth Edition features a new structure based on major domains, a new chapter dedicated to mobile device security, expanded coverage of attacks and defenses, and new and updated information reflecting recent developments and emerging trends in information security, such as virtualization. New hands-on and case activities help readers review and apply what they have learned, and end-of-chapter exercises direct readers to the Information Security Community Site for additional activities and a wealth of learning resources, including blogs, videos, and current news and information relevant to the information security field.

Mark Ciampa, Western Kentucky University

Mark Ciampa is Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For 20 years, he served as Associate Professor and Director of Academic Computing at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Dr. Ciampa has worked in the IT industry as a computer consultant for multiple public and private enterprises. In addition, he is the author of many Cengage books, including CWNA GUIDE TO WIRELESS LANS, 3e; CWSP GUIDE TO WIRELESS SECURITY; GUIDE TO WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS; and NETWORKING BASICS. He earned a PhD in digital communication systems from Indiana State University.
  • The Fifth Edition has been updated to map closely to the new SY0-401 CompTIA Security+ exam objectives, presenting material in a way that aligns with exam objectives to help readers prepare effectively for professional certification and career success.
  • Extensive new and updated material throughout the text provides current information on the latest attacks and defenses, while a new structure for the text organizes topics by major domains to better reflect both exam structure and professional practice.
  • A new chapter on mobile device security reflects the increasingly widespread use and importance of devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, as well as the unique security issues involved in supporting them.
  • Two chapters on cryptography are now presented earlier in the text, based on the growing use of encryption across multiple defenses.
  • Each chapter now includes a hands-on project based on virtualization, providing exposure to many aspects and applications of this increasingly widespread tool being used by businesses to save money and enhance security.
  • New hands-on and case projects provide more opportunities for readers to apply what they have learned, as well as a greater range of realistic scenarios for better real-world preparation.
  • End-of-chapter exercises direct readers to the Information Security Community Site for up-to-the-minute news and information, additional exercises, blogs, discussion boards, videos , and other useful resources.
  • The text is supported by a full line of supplements to enhance teaching and learning, including a CourseMate with ebook, interactive quizzes, Engagement Tracker, and links to useful resources on the Information Security Community Site.
  • This trusted text provides comprehensive coverage of essential network and computer security topics, including compliance and operational security; threats and vulnerabilities; application, data, and host security; access control and identity management; and cryptography.
  • The author’s clear, engaging writing style makes even difficult concepts and complex processes easier for readers to understand, making the text an ideal resource for classroom instruction, self-paced learning, or professional reference.
  • Special features throughout the text support effective teaching and learning; examples include review questions; illustrations of security vulnerabilities, attacks, and defenses; case studies highlighting real-world security scenarios, and hands-on projects that allow readers to apply what they have learned.
1. Introduction to Security.
2. Malware and Social Engineering Attacks.
3. Application and Networking-Based Attacks.
4. Host, Application, and Data Security.
5. Basic Cryptography.
6. Advanced Cryptography.
7. Network Security.
8. Administering a Secure Network.
9. Wireless Network Security.
10. Mobile Device Security.
11. Access Control Fundamentals.
12. Authentication and Account Management.
13. Business Continuity.
14. Risk Mitigation.
15. Vulnerability Assessment and Third Party Integration.
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“I was especially impressed by the information in Chapter 14 regarding policies. The chapter leaves the reader with a good understanding of how, why, and when to create policies, along with how to implement them into an organization.”

“Ch 12 does a great job of taking an age old security topic like passwords, and putting an interesting spin on it in ways that students will be able to relate to.”

“Chapter 13 does a good job discussing many different redundancy based technologies and it also excels in keepting the discussions pointed and brief.”

“The end of the chapter hands on projects are great and the support the concepts in the chapter as a whole. The chapter does prepare the student to complete all the end of chapter projects.”

“The introduction to is excellent! It gives a great scenario of an event that can and have occurred with within the security realm. It give a great lead into the overall point of chapter 12 on why secure passwords are essential and how social media can be hacked if you do not setup secure passwords. The section on Passwords and Biometrics is excellent.”

“This chapter has more Hands-On-Projects than the current edition, I welcome that. Students will be able to complete all Hands-On-Projects after the chapter is covered in class.”

“Chapter 8 is a very rich chapter covering CompTIA Security + exam objectives 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 3.6, 4.3, 4.4.Great coverage of application layer protocols, comparison of IPv4 and IPv6, network administration principals, importance of virtualization and some converge of emerging technologies.”

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