Security+ Study Guide

Author: Michael A. Pastore
List Price: $49.99
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ISBN: 078214098X
Publisher: Sybex (21 February, 2003)
Edition: Hardcover
Sales Rank: 36,472
Average Customer Rating: 3.29 out of 5

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Rating: 2 out of 5
Another Dissappointment from Sybex
As with their A+ and Network+ books, there are several technical mistakes. I don't know who their technical editors are, but getting something as remedial public key encryption wrong really shatters any confidence I have in this publisher. Do yourself a favor and get Exam Cram's book instead of this substandard garbage.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Erroneous data - Don't Buy
Upon quick review I stumbled upon Pastore's definition of a digital signature and how it works. It's WRONG ! The sender's private key is used for signing. In this book it says the public key is used for signing.(pg 328 - Digital Signature Processing Steps).
Based on that, I didn't bother reading the rest because I wondered what else is erroneous.

Rating: 3 out of 5
Good information - Bad for studying for a test
I agree with sadly disappointed. I found the information good, but not enough to pass the Security + test (not even enough to pass its own practice tests. I haven't taken the test yet, but am nervous about doing it because of the results of the practice tests (and I have been reading about 3 different books on the subject).

Many of the answers are not in the book, at least if they are you cannot find them. If you try to find it in the index - good luck. Sometimes the answers are totally different in the test than in the book.

Here is an example. In the book, it has a large section on Incident Response. The diagram they give show a circle with the order as identifying, investigating, repairing and adjusting procedures (identifying is a the bottom - I would have expect it to be at the top). At the beginning, the book gives the order as identifying, investigating, repairing, documenting and adjusting procedures, which is what one of the questions on Incident Response gives. Except that when you read the whole section, it says that during the entire process you should be documenting - therefore it shouldn't be in the step order (as one question has it before the recovery and one after).

Then on the other practice test the question is:

What are the six phases, in the correct order, of incidence response. Six? I only counted 4 or 5 (if you count documentation as a step).

Guess what the answer is? Not what you were told in the book.

Preparation, identification, containment, eradication, recovery and follow up.

If you look at the suggested answer on the test, it says - This order was originally designated by SANS. WHAT ???? The is no where in the IR section. Maybe in some obscure section, which I have been unable to find. But this is just an example of it.

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