CCSP Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced Exam Certification Guide (CCSP Self-Study)
||Author: Christian Degu, Greg Bastien|
List Price: $49.95
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Publisher: Cisco Press (02 April, 2003)
Sales Rank: 68,105
Average Customer Rating: 2.34 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
Don't waste your time
I can't add much to the comments already posted here, except to support the view that this book is a waste of time and money. It will NOT help you pass the exam. Even if it covered all the material (in my estimation, it omits ~20% of the required curriculum), it still simply copies or paraphrases the (free) Cisco Configuration and Command Reference guides.
At best it's a waste of money, at worst it will give you a false sense of what is required for the exam.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Incomplete and Replete with Errors
The previous reviewer's comment that it's better than nothing is pretty accurate. The book is not organized with the exam objectives in mind, and it appears to have undergone no quality control checks whatsoever. To call some of these mistakes typographical errors is graciously optimistic.
Even the accompanying practice exam was flawed. About 10 minutes into it I got a question whose "correct" answer logically contradicted the parameters of question itself. I'll never know how good or bad the remainder of the exam was, because I immediately uninstalled the program in disgust.
My biggest complaint, however, is that too much material covered on the exam is missing from the book. Sure, the book will get you throught he basics of setting up a PIX firewall, but topics such as the Firewall Services Module, the CiscoWorks Firewall Management Console, and the Auto Update Server are conspicuously absent. And these topics were prevalent on the exam.
With that said, I did pass the exam on the first attempt. But it was thanks to some of the other practice exams and source materials that I was able to make up for the deficiencies and errors in this book. Had I taken this book as gospel, I have no doubt that I would have failed.
I need these study guide books to get me through the CCSP certification, but I am certainly going to avoid anything else by these two authors if possible. Frankly, I'm not sure they understand how some of these technologies (e.g., VPN protocols) really work. They certainly haven't explained them well to me.
Rating: 1 out of 5
I failed the exam because of this book! There are errors everywhere, the most serious being on page 284, where the AAA configuration is simple wrong altogether, and would never work.
As one reviewer pointed out, there are notes from the editor still in the book! I've never seen this before, and it is a disgrace.
The exam covers the PIX MC and AUS -neither of which are even mentioned in here. To make matters worse, the author forgot to mention SSH's requirement for RSA keys to be generated.
This is arguably the worst technical book ever written.
· Cisco Secure Intrusion Detection System
· Cisco Secure PIX Firewalls
· CCSP Cisco Secure VPN Exam Certification Guide (CCSP Self-Study)
· CCIE Security Exam Certification Guide (CCIE Self-Study)
· CCSP: Securing Cisco IOS Networks Study Guide (642-501)