Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
||Author: Gregory White|
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media (27 June, 2003)
Sales Rank: 5,352
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
This All-in-One is All You Need to Know to Pass Security+
Assuming you've had some general IT background and are capable of learning new concepts on your own, this book covers about everything you should know in order to pass the test. It took me about 4 days to read the book and pass the test. However, how much time and how many resources you need to prepare for the test depends on your prior background in systems security. (it, of course, is true for every certification out there) The sections of the book I liked the most are the ones on cryptography, PKI, risk and change management. Cryptography and PKI sections provide great technical in-depth understanding of how different encryption and public key technologies work. Risk and change management sections introduces a lot of crucial fundamental concepts regarding control/security aspects of IT operations that might be completely new to some readers. I highly recommend this book if you're planning to take the Security+ test or you just need a good reference for systems security.
Rating: 5 out of 5
All-in-one is right!
This book fits the billing!
It was clear, concise and easy to understand. It prepared me to take the Security+ exam well, and explains concepts thoroughly without assuming that the reader is an idiot. The book deals with all the infomation that will be on the test, following the Domains in their order, but it still also flows in a forward direction, building on one concept with another. That is a challenge nowdays in the tech world were every concept is intertwined with others.
That said, don't expect to come to this book with no knowledge of computers at all. I have found that this book serves more as a reminder of "Oh Yeah, I knew that," than as a device to impart new knowledge into my skull. I learned some new things from this book, but the most beneficial part of this book was bringing all the things I know about computers back to the forefront of my mind so that they are fresh while taking the test.
It is also good for building up strength in the "security as a whole" areas. It's good to know how to lock down a system, but the test also wants to know if you understand what constitutes good information security as a concept, not a password.
The book, despite its thickness (~600 pages) is actually a relatively quick read. I got through it in about a month, reading it in my off time and as a nightcap. It took me about two days of direct study to review the majority of the stuff for the test after having read it.
There is a time and a place for everything. If you want to learn more about computer security, there are other books out there that will help teach you more about how to lock down a system and disable protocols. If you want to take what you already know and refresh it, as well as supplement it with a little bit of new information, this is the book for you.
Rating: 4 out of 5
I love this book the author does a great a job discussing all the topics beyond the scope of the test. However,the book does not cover good bit of the tough questions on the test. I do not blame the author as the test goes out of it's way to obscure the questions. I have 10yrs of IT experience, my MCSE, CCNA, CNA, A+ certs and have read  books on computer security. The Security+ exam has questions that do not exist in any of the books I have read.
· Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System
· Network+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram N10-002)
· Mike Meyers' Security+ Certification Passport (Passport)
· Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition
· Security+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram SYO-101)