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Network Security Essentials (International Edition) Paperback – 1 Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (1 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131202715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131202719
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 1.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,850,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's no longer an option. Network security is essential to every corporation, organization, institution, and small business on the planet. Anyone working in IT or other computer-related professions must know the practical applications and standards for enforcing network security. Whether student, professor, or industry professional, this book will provide you with the most up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of vital Internet-based security tools and applications. Organized to provide critical information in the optimal sequence for classroom instruction and self-study, this book also serves as a useful reference for practicing system engineers, programmers, system managers, network managers, product marketers, system support specialists and other professionals. Stallings has expanded and updated his popular first edition of Network Security Essentials to include:

  • New discussion of Advanced Encryption Standard
  • Expanded discussion of Viruses, Worms, and Intruders
  • Key words and review questions for each chapter
  • Web site for instructor and student support at

About the Author

William Stallings is a best-selling author and five-time winner of the annual Text and Academic Authors Association award for best computer science and engineering text. He has authored 17 titles and—counting revised editions—43 books on various aspects of computer networking and computer architecture. Stallings is an independent consultant whose clients have included computer and networking manufacturers and customers, software development firms, and leading-edge government research institutions. He holds a Ph.D. from M.LT. in computer science and a B.S. from Notre Dame in electrical engineering. All of his Prentice Hall titles can be found at the Prentice Hall Web site:

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2000
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I have found this book as a good tutorial for Network Security. Text is easy to read and follow. Covers both basic and advanced subjects. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to understand the new, widely used concepts of network security.
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It gives a good starting point view about network security. It is not the most advanced book about the subject but it is very good to start with!
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Needed the book for my MSC course, and it was good value purchase through Amazon.

an invaluable reference source from the author.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Moore on 20 Nov. 2003
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Using this in an introductory course into Network security, I found the first few chapters of this book excellent for an introduction into the way things worked like encryption and general security issues. However as the book goes on, it does get quite advanced so beware!
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For folks serious about learning network security 22 Dec. 2002
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I purchased this book as part of the required reading for an Information Security class at UCLA. From the start the book was full of very technical and detailed information. Having little practical network experience, my first reading focused on grasping the low-hanging fruit. As I read the book a second and third time I picked up some serious knowledge. It seemed like everytime I re-read a chapter there was more there to glean. I'm now studying for the CISSP and CISA. My initial cold self-assessments returned scores in the 80%-100% range. That's without CISSP/CISA-specific studying. I attribute most of that knowledge to this book. This was money well spent!
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Pretty good book for serious beginners 8 Sept. 2000
By Robert C. - Published on
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Pretty good starting book for serious beginners in the network security area. Give you an in-depth overview of cryptography (part 1) and network security (part 2). The system security (part 3) is kind of weak. Most of the discussion are rather theoretic than practical, so you need another more practical book as companion. Anyway, understanding the contents of the book will lay a solid foundation for further exploring in the network security. BTW, if you hate math, this won't be a book for you!
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Quick & Dirty 24 Oct. 2000
By jeremycec - Published on
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This book appears to be a shorter, more concise version of Stallings' "Cryptography and Network Security: Principles and Practice." It has a much shorter, and therefore less complete treatment of security concepts in general and specifically cryptography. It might be good for a focused introductory course on network-level security, but there's not much there about application-level security. Overall, I found it a little terse. I like Stallings' books on networks and computer architecture better.
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Typical Stallings Book 13 May 2011
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This is another great book from Stallings. I'm certified CISSP and CCNP-Security. I picked it up at the Southern Polytechnic State University Book Store. It covers the basics of security in extensive detail from an engineering perspective. I keep it on my bookshelf at work. It is a great reference for anyone on the security field.
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Hard to believe this book is by Stallings 22 May 2006
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I had to use this book for my Network Security class at grad level. Bits and pieces here and there do not help anyone who wants to learn the details of NW Security; but this book is what it is. I have used several Stallings' books and they are, at least in most cases, detail oriented and some of the best in the market. It is even harder for me to comprehend that Cryptography and NW Security Management are covered in the book in just 21 pages and 11 pages consecutively (but divided by other names later in the book with no tangible useage). See, if you want to learn Network Security, especially if you are employed in the area, I don't think you would appreciate just 21 pages of coverage of Cryptography. Not getting anything new in a chapter like that would be just too lame for you. Yes, the book refers to Applications and Standards in the subtitle but without implementation techniques and not a string of code that you usually find in your professional magazine subscription (from a programmer's perspective).

However, if you are interested in Cryptography types or the strength of Symmetric Algorithm, DES or RC5 or Blowfish or DES or triple DES (3DES); go ahead and read it. After all it is by Stallings. You also will find some tricks on Message Authentication without Message Encryption. Humm...? Anyhow, if you are a programmer and want to program some SecIS or SecSDLS, this is not for you. My professor's recommendation of this book even made me question my capable instructor. The good thing in the class? My professor had to develop his own lecture for each was much better!!! I hope this helps and Good luck!

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