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25 people found this helpful
on 12 July 2001
The previous reviewer suggests that universities ought to base courses around this book. Well we are doing just that. Last year, Secrets and Lies was recommended reading, but now I have broken the cryptography and the security into two separate teaching streams and this book forms compulsory reading for the security stream (his Applied Cryptography is strongly recommended for the other stream).
This is an excellent book, very approachable, especially for undergraduates. Not ideally structured to be a text book, but then there's not many text books that you'd want students to read from beginning to end, every word. Our students even get to try out some of the defensive mechanisms on an isolated network, and this book tells them of many of the possible pitfalls to guard against, and gives them some idea of just how big and how important a job it is.
Look forward to a generation of security-aware computer science graduates, with a fair bit of help from Mr Schneier and his books!