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Sat, 02 Sep 2006

Computer Security

R. Lehtinen, D. Russell, G. Gangemi,
Computer Security Basics 2nd Edition, O'Reilly

This is a good roundup of things to be aware of and things to do to counter the malworlds. As the title says, it does the basics and you you don't get treated to chapters on buffer overflows and such. What you do get is a series of explanations and possible protections.

It starts by looking at the field of computer security in general and then goes through such as access control, viruses, security policy, web attacks, encryption, biometrics, and network security.

Altogether, the depth is good enough to be a starting point for systems administrators and an endpoint for most users. Unfortunately we all need to know a bit about security these days.

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