Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System
||Author: Robert J. Shimonski, Norris L. Johnson, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross, Tony Piltzecker|
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Publisher: Syngress (December, 2002)
Sales Rank: 28,006
Average Customer Rating: 3.93 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
No updates on website. Author not security+ certified
I find it hard to believe that a book that has been out for over 2 years doesn't have some type of update. After reading the first chapter and going through the self test questions I was disappointed. Figures were out of place in the appendix, and 2/20 questions were ambiguous at best. Also, I guess next time I get a cert book, I will make sure at least one of the authors or technical editors has that certification. Yeah, they have higher level certs but I believe anyone interested in writing a good/great cert book would at least have that certification themselves.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Good exam coverage and decent real world coverage
I would recommend this book along with the Exam Cram 2 book. The coverage of exam points was very detailed, and I remember several questions that seemed to be very close to word-for-word from the Syngess book (I am not suggesting foul play by any means). If you had to study from one source (I would not recommend doing so at all), this would be the book I would suggest.
If you also want some real-world coverage, this book does a good job with examples, etc.
Having said that, I found the DVD instructor-based training virually useless. I thought it would be great to have that extra, but the guy really does nothing but read the bold print, do a little explaining, and answer some obviously staged questions. Also, the practice exams from this book are not very good. I recommend the exams from Exam Cram 2.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Wide exam overview
The security+ study guide is a book written as an aid to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam, an entry level exam. For people new in the security field, it offers a basic and wide overview of common security aspects and principles. For security professionals, the book is not suitable and a disappointment.
For 'new' people it might be useful - but be careful! The book contains lots of fluff and should be handled with caution as it contains faults.
Some notes: some chapters are too vague and a real laugh for this exam and offers no essential foundation for the "real world" or the exam (e.g. firewalls, cryptography, SSL, ...) while other chapters are packed with badly written technical explanations at a high rate (e.g. wireless chapter). Also, how are you able to understand important wireless issues when the crypto chapter is
positioned after the wireless chapter and doesn't offer almost any decent crypto basis at all?
Basic exercises are weak and might result in a wrong impression or understanding of security oriented actions and terms - that might result in a false sense of security.
The quality of the DVD lectures is very low and a waste of (your valuable study) time. It offers no or little additional value to the book.
Also note that the practice test is only available online through the website of Syngress.
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