The GSEC Prep Guide: Mastering SANS GIAC Security Essentials Paperback – 27 Jun 2003
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From the Back Cover
Your in–depth study guide for the SANS GIAC Security Essentials exam
Congratulations! Your decision to pursue the GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) is the first step toward increased marketability and success in your career, and this book offers an economical source of vital information to help you prepare. You will gain a thorough understanding of security concepts and policies, ways to assess and manage risk, appropriate incident response, and much more. You’ll study at your own pace and then test your comprehension with the hundreds of review questions on the accompanying CD–ROM. It’s like having an instructor at your side 24 hours a day.
You’ll learn how to:
- Understand the CIA triad, the DAD triad, and the evolution of the security industry
- Examine the pros and cons of various authentication systems
- Assess threats and vulnerabilities and recognize levels of risk
- Respond to the unique security issues of both Windows® and Unix® systems
- Recognize common hacker tools and be able to take protective action
- Identify appropriate security devices to protect against various risks
- Choose the most effective security policy for your organization
- Implement cryptography and other protective devices
- Comprehend how information warfare affects security measures
The CD–ROM contains a Boson–powered Wiley test engine, featuring hundreds of randomly selected test questions to help you review and benchmark your progress.
About the Author
Mike Chapple, CISSP, GCFW, MCSE, is a computer/network security expert with more than seven years of experience in the public and private sectors. He has served as an information security researcher with the National Security Agency, developing cutting–edge network intrusion detection systems and as a computer security officer with the U.S. Air Force. He now oversees enterprise–wide security initiatives as Chief Information Officer for the Brand Institute, a Miami–based marketing consultancy.
Mike holds a M.S. degree in computer science with a concentration in trusted and secure information systems from the University of Idaho and a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Notre Dame. His professional credentials include the CISSP, GCFW, TICSA, CCSA, MCSE, MCDBA, and CCNA certifications. His other books include the CISSP Study Guide (Sybex), the TICSA Training Guide (Que Certification), and the Designing Directory Services Lab Manual (Course Technology).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I had to give the book a low score, two stars, because it fails to meet its purpose. It purports to be a preparation guide for the GIAC GSEC exam series. I wanted to evaluate the book to be sure the content can prepare students for the exam and in my opinion, it is not adequate for that task.
Since the book is useful at an outline level for reviewing the material, I will focus this review on the areas where I believe it falls drastically short in preparing you for the exams. MS Windows Security accounts for 1/7 of the GSEC exam. Sadly, the coverage in the book is apparently based on a very old version of the course. The best advice I can give you is read the course description for day 5 on the web and buy a good, up to date Windows 2000/XP book or two.
There is no coverage in the Prep Guide of the cookbook (hands on) material which is testable as of July 2003 students and beyond. There are hands on questions for every tool that is covered by the cookbook in the exam bank.
The wireless section, appendix B, is testable. I did not see coverage of wireless in the book.
The author speaks authoritatively from time to time about the nature or content of the exam. It is may be dangerous to do this. The exam is dynamically generated. Questions are pulled from subject buckets from an enormous bank of questions. No two exams are ever alike.
Finally, it is important to remember that the GSEC day books are over 2,000 pages and the Hands On cookbook is several hundred pages as well. It is impossible to fully cover that much material in 480 pages, even with a gifted author.
Stephen Northcutt - Director GIAC
The information contained in this book won't come close to replacing the SANS GIAC course material, nor is it a text I would recommend as a supplement to anyone's study efforts.
The information contained in the book is not only in the GIAC course, but can also be obtained freely on the internet with little effort.
The GIAC certifications focus heavily on hands-on exposure and experience and this is reflected in the testing. This book doesn't take the student to the level of understanding needed to attempt the exams for the GSEC certification.
One must also consider the fact that the GSEC certification is not a stagnant course, the course is always being reviewed and updated to keep it relevant, and if you buy the full online course the GIAC materials are made available to students when updated during their certification period.
It really is unfortunate that this book doesn't deliver what it implies. It brings back memories of the plethora of low value MCSE texts that hit the market when that certification was believed to be the hot ticket to a job. They scraped the surface, but didn't really prepare you to sit in front of a machine and do the job.
If you only want to challenge the certification spend the money on the GIAC texts, not only are they directly applicable to the material tested, they are an excellent future reference.
The tests were not easy and do require you to have intimate knowledge of the material you are being tested on.
This book and the CD of practice questions were a complete waste of time and effort.
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