Network Security Essentials: Applications and Standards

    Date30 Mar 2001
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Network Security Essentials is a skinny book by computer publishing standards. At 366 pages, it is hardly noticeable amid the Stonehenge of 900-1100 page tree killers on the high tech shelf. At that length, it is thoroughly impossible to cover every . . . Network Security Essentials is a skinny book by computer publishing standards. At 366 pages, it is hardly noticeable amid the Stonehenge of 900-1100 page tree killers on the high tech shelf. At that length, it is thoroughly impossible to cover every nuance of computer security, and the author is refreshingly unabashed about not bothering with topics he hasn?t the space to cover well. You won?t find procedures on how to lock down a Linux server or how to read a security log. You won?t see the familiar six bullets with rules for setting passwords. But you will find a very thorough, useful, and detailed discussion of cryptography applications and techniques.

    Encryption is one of those topics that is so arcane and demanding that most books provide little detail on how it really works. Even when a book painstakingly describes a process that depends on encryption-Kerberos, for example-the discussion rarely ventures beyond a single mention of the actual encryption mechanism. "The data is then encrypted and delivered to the client?" Hundreds of details lurk beneath the surface at that moment when "the data is then encrypted," and those details are the subject of Network Security Essentials.

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