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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2005

    Good preperation tool

    CCIE Self-Study: CCIE Security Exam Certification Guide, Second Edition Henry Benjamin, CCIE #4695 Cisco Press ISBN 1587201356 This book is written to help prepare for the Cisco CCIE Security written exam 350-018, and in that capacity I believe it dwells too much on entry level material. This would be my only negative comment about the book. Although the exam blueprint details a certain level of competency relating to the OSI model, and material covered in the switching and routing exams, the book dedicates around 100 pages to review. I was expecting more information relating to the specifics of network security from the Cisco viewpoint rather than a refresher of basic networking which is available from numerous other sources. But a thorough review of basics is almost always relevant. The ¿Do I Know This Already¿ quizzes at the beginning of each chapter do allow the reader to determine how much time should be spent on that sections information. The ¿Foundation Summary¿ and ¿Q & A¿ sections at the end of each chapter are also good gauges to help in the assessment of the reader¿s grasp of the information presented. The book does accomplish its stated goal of covering all of the material in the exam blueprint, but it definitely shouldn¿t be the only resource used. The CD-ROM supplied with the book provides sample questions that can supplement the written material to help evaluate areas of improvement. The notes inserted into every chapter provide very good information, and the links lead to very valuable resources for further study. I found the sample output highlighting helpful to understanding the relevant portions as they applied to the subject being discussed. This may be a simple matter, but it is this attention to detail that separates a book just providing good information from one that is truly a great study aid. As for details of the book, I found the chapters on Security Protocols, Security Applications, and Security Technologies particularly full of useful information. The information presented is tailored to the exam blueprint, and is not all inclusive. There are other texts for that. The book is true to its mission prepare one for the CCIE Security written exam. The practice labs provided, written by exam proctors, give a rare glimpse into what is expected during the lab portion of the certification process. I definitely feel that this book has provided invaluable information, and rates very highly as a result. The material is presented in manageable sections, with many examples to assist with mastering a complex subject. This book on my scale rates 4 out of 5, it is an excellent study aid to prepare for the exam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2005

    CCIE Security Exam Certification Guide (CCIE Self-Study)

    I¿m currently studying for the Cisco Routing and Switching CCIE exam. When I saw this certification guide I picked it up in order to expand my studies. It is laid out in the same manner as most certification guides. The first two and a half chapters are dedicated to a review of basic network functions and Cisco device operation. It almost reads like a Routing and Switching certification guide. However due to the nature of the CCIE Security exam, candidates must have a background in routing and switching. The second half of chapter three covers some typical exploits against a network and then jumps directly into security protocols with chapter 4. The chapters on security applications and technologies give good information on what each device does and some simple configuration examples. The author has also included three self-study lab exams. Chapter 8 is a security lab exam and Appendix C & D are routing and switching lab exams. Unfortunately the solutions to the routing and switching exams are provided due to Cisco¿s NDA. However, don¿t let this stop you from attempting these, as they provide great hands on experience. The CD that comes with the book has a practice test engine from Boson. However I ran into a little problem when activating the test engine. For first time use you are prompted for a serial number to register the test engine. Unfortunately, the serial number was not provided. I ended up contacting CiscoPress and was emailed the serial number. While I was satisfied with the test questions, there were a few anomalies. For example a question asks for the subnet mask that would allow 62 host addresses. The answer from the sample test is 255.255.255.224 however when you use the ¿review chapter¿ button, the book gives the mask (correctly) as 255.255.255.192. The format of this book is very easy to read, but a good background in routing and switching is needed to understand some aspects of the material. The write up on the back of the book calls this the ultimate exam preparation resource and designed to optimize your study time, however I would recommend that you do not solely rely on this book. It is a great reference, but should be combined with other study aids to get an all around knowledge of network security.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2005

    CCIE Security Exam Certification Guide (CCIE Self-Study)

    I¿m currently studying for the Cisco Routing and Switching CCIE exam. When I saw this certification guide I picked it up in order to expand my studies. It is laid out in the same manner as most certification guides. The first two and a half chapters are dedicated to a review of basic network functions and Cisco device operation. It almost reads like a Routing and Switching certification guide. However due to the nature of the CCIE Security exam, candidates must have a background in routing and switching. The second half of chapter three covers some typical exploits against a network and then jumps directly into security protocols with chapter 4. The chapters on security applications and technologies give good information on what each device does and some simple configuration examples. The author has also included three self-study lab exams. Chapter 8 is a security lab exam and Appendix C & D are routing and switching lab exams. Unfortunately the solutions to the routing and switching exams are provided due to Cisco¿s NDA. However, don¿t let this stop you from attempting these, as they provide great hands on experience. The CD that comes with the book has a practice test engine from Boson. However I ran into a little problem when activating the test engine. For first time use you are prompted for a serial number to register the test engine. Unfortunately, the serial number was not provided. I ended up contacting CiscoPress and was emailed the serial number. While I was satisfied with the test questions, there were a few anomalies. For example a question asks for the subnet mask that would allow 62 host addresses. The answer from the sample test is 255.255.255.224 however when you use the ¿review chapter¿ button, the book gives the mask (correctly) as 255.255.255.192. The format of this book is very easy to read, but a good background in routing and switching is needed to understand some aspects of the material. The write up on the back of the book calls this the ultimate exam preparation resource and designed to optimize your study time, however I would recommend that you do not solely rely on this book. It is a great reference, but should be combined with other study aids to get an all around knowledge of network security.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2005

    A Must Buy For The CCIE Security Written Exam

    CCIE Security Exam Certification Guide (CCIE Self-Study) (2nd Edition) (Ccie Self-Study) by Henry Benjamin ISBN 1587201356 This book is mapped to the New CCIE Security Written Exam 350-018. I'll answer the question most frequently asked 'Can this book be the only book for passing the CCIE Security Written Exam' NO this is the short answer the long answer follows... The book contains a 'Do I know this Already' Quiz before every chapter begins and this helps a lot in gauging the amount of work need for that chapter. The questions and Labs following the chapter have a humbling effect just in case we feel we know a lot. The links provide a great place for further studies in the weaker areas and help in conserving time while studying as otherwise navigating through the Cisco website quickly and not straying off the subject is not an art which I have mastered so far. I saved myself a lot of time reading from this book and from the links (some of them have been moved). The NOTE boxes provide a great deal of information very quickly and are very helpful for revision. The e-book helps me always have the book on my laptop as some times I don¿t feel like carrying the bulky book with me and continue my preparation whenever I have extra time. Even though no single book can claim to cover everything which can and will be asked on the CCIE Security Written Exam Henry Benjamin makes a sincere effort and I congratulate him on this. I found a number of typos and errors but none of which affect the content. I assume that a CCIE Security candidate would have enough knowledge to discern a few obvious mistakes in the text. But then one does not accept such mistakes form a Cisco Press Book. This book is meant for the CCIE Security Written Exam but contains a lengthy LAB which according to me robs me of the precious pages (112 to be precise) which could have included more information about the Security Written Exam. I find the coverage of Telephony Best Practices and Wireless Best Practices inadequate, six pages in all. But the link provided in the Note to Wireless Best Practices is awesome. The 500 questions provided on the CD helps in identifying the weak areas and improving confidence towards the end. The author is a triple CCIE and a key member of the CCIE global team and has written questions for the written exam. I feel buying this book is a good investment towards our quest for the coveted CCIE Security Certification. When you plan on pursuing this certification I would suggest that one should start with this book and then fill up the gaps with other books and the CISCO website. I give this book 4 stars on a scale of 5, 5 being the highest. I strongly recommend this book. Niloufer Tamboly, CISSP

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