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The second edition of CCSP SNRS Exam Certification Guide is a comprehensive study tool for the SECUR exam, which evaluates a candidate's ability to work with and configure IOS router features and functionality. This new edition replaces the first edition. Each chapter of CCSP SNRS Exam Certification Guide, Second Edition, focuses study on and tests knowledge of the exam subjects through specially designed assessment and study features. "Do I Know This Already?" quizzes assess readers' knowledge and help them decide how much time to spend on each section. The Foundation Topic sections provide details on exam topics. Each chapter also includes a Foundation Summary section that highlights essential concepts for quick reference and study and closes chapter-ending review questions to further test comprehension.
|Pt. I||An Overview of Network Security|
|Ch. 1||Network Security Essentials|
|Ch. 2||Attack Threats Defined and Detailed|
|Ch. 3||Defense in Depth|
|Pt. II||Managing Cisco Routers|
|Ch. 4||Basic Router Management|
|Ch. 5||Secure Router Administration|
|Pt. III||Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)|
|Ch. 7||Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting|
|Ch. 8||Configuring RADIUS and TACACS+ on Cisco IOS Software|
|Ch. 9||Cisco Secure Access Control Server|
|Ch. 10||Administration of Cisco Secure Access Control Server|
|Pt. IV||The Cisco IOS Firewall Feature Set|
|Ch. 11||Securing the Network with a Cisco Router|
|Ch. 12||Access Lists|
|Ch. 13||The Cisco IOS Firewall|
|Ch. 14||Context-Based Access Control (CBAC)|
|Ch. 15||Authentication Proxy and the Cisco IOS Firewall|
|Ch. 16||Intrusion Detection and the Cisco IOS Firewall|
|Ch. 17||Building a VPN using IPSec|
|Ch. 18||Scaling a VPN using IPSec with a Certificate Authority|
|Ch. 19||Configuring Remote Access Using Easy VPN|
|Ch. 20||Scaling Management of an Enterprise VPN Environment|
|Ch. 21||Final Scenarios|
|App||Answers to the "Do I Know This Already?" Quizzes and Q&A Sections|
Posted April 3, 2010
CCSP Self-Study CCSP Secur Exam Certification Guide is intended for students preparing to take the CNRS exam 642-501 in pursuit for the CCSP certification. The exam has been retired so the book is only good for a network beginner who does not know much about security principles related to Cisco IOS routers, switches and VPN devices.
The book has 21 chapters and it begins by providing the introduction of network security and vulnerabilities as well as the defense in depth concept. It then describes the basic IOS router management and brief explanation on how to secure administrative access to the router followed by the description of authentication, authorization and accounting and its impact on the security posture of a network.
The next chapters discuss the features and architectural components of Cisco Secure Access Control server, access list and Cisco IOS firewall functions. The final chapters discuss intrusion detection and VPN.
The book was published in year 2004, even before the 1st generation of the Cisco Integrated Service Routers was released and therefore was very outdated. For example, the book talks about Control-Based Access Control (CBAC) features but did not talk about the Zone-based firewall (ZBF) feature, which was introduced in year 2006. The ZBF provides a better and more straightforward design approach and a greater level of granularity than CBAC.
The book also talks about basic site to site VPN, remote access VPN and Easy VPN technologies. Now we have more complex VPN technologies such as Group Encrypted Transport VPN and Dynamic Multipoint VPN. The present Cisco routers also have IOS Content Filtering and Cisco IOS IPS capabilities. The book only mentions about Cisco IDS feature.
I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars since many of the contents are outdated. The book might be a good reading 6 years ago but the readers are better off finding alternative books or reading sources online to get the latest Cisco security technologies. I still give the book two stars since the network beginners and CCNA students still can use this book to learn the basic Cisco network security before moving on to a more advanced reading.
Posted April 22, 2004
The CCSP consists of 5 exams that focus on security. This first exam revolves around the use of security on Cisco routers. The exam itself has traditionally been one that requires a very high pass rate and leaves very little room for error. This book addresses all the exam objectives and goes into enough detail on each topic to provide a foundation and guideline for preparing for this exam. The book is divided into six sections. The first section is unique to Cisco Press exam guides. It provides several chapters on security basic and theory. While these topics are not listed in the exam objectives on Cisco¿s Web site, these chapters provide the building blocks for the remaining chapters. They consist of the general attacks, defenses and policies that are required to begin charting a secure environment. Section II goes over the management and security of routers. Section III tackles Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA). This section provides detailed instruction on setting up routers to use AAA. The last chapter of this section introduces Cisco AAA server called Cisco Secure Access Control Server. The author gives examples in the form of screen shots to illustrate the appropriate pages on the ACS for AAA router configurations. Section IV goes on to discuss access-list, IOS firewall, CBAC, and IDS on routers. Again, examples of configurations are provided for each command. Section V provides detailed instruction on setting up VPNs. This part of the SECUR exam can be the most difficult and the author clearly lays out the commands as well as the reasoning behind them. Section VI provides scenarios that allow the reader to review the content of the book in almost a lab format. The scenarios are broken down into tasks and each task has several subtasks that instruct the reader on what needs to be configured. The book then gives examples of the commands required to complete each task. This section really pulls the book together. It provides examples of configurations that the reader may be presented with either during a Cisco written or lab exam or while on the job in his day to day network security. Overall this book is an excellent addition to the resources required to successfully take and pass the SECUR exam. It gives a good guide of the test objectives and gives the reader the direction that needs to be taken when preparing for the test. Each chapters has excellent examples and illustrations for the reader to see implemented exactly was they have just read. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 and would highly recommend it to anyone who is preparing for this exam. I have read many Certification Exam guides and the common theme that most readers tend to forget is that it is a ¿guide¿. It is not the ¿answer guide¿. It is not going to give you the answers to the questions on the exam. It does provide the outline of what needs to be studied and gives the basics that you need to know, but you will need to study more than just this guide. I don¿t think Cisco has ever labeled these as an ¿all you ever need to know for the test¿ book. I have taken the SECUR exam and I can tell you that this guide is an excellent addition to your test preparation materials by providing you with a good guide for the exam.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2004
I recently read the book titled 'CCSP SECUR Exam Certification Guide (CCSP Self-Study)' by Greg Bastien and Christian Abera Degu. ISBN: 1587200724. The book is designed to assist a person that is attempting to achieve the Cisco Certification CCSP or Cisco Certified Security Professional. This particular title assists in preparation for one of five tests required obtaining the said certification. Like most other Cisco Press titles that are designed to help with certifications, this book is very well laid out. The structure of the book allows for an individual to reinforce what is already known or to fill in the gaps to help a person better understand a particular subject relating to Cisco IOS Security. I found the book to cover the fundamentals of securing Cisco Routers and would have to believe that if a person was serious about achieving the CCSP and passing the test, then I would strongly recommend that other resources be used to augment for what content that this title doesn't cover. The book comes with a CDROM that has a really nice test engine. Cisco Press does a great and in my opinion has one of the best test engines on the market. Each answer to the test questions has a link that points the reader to the proper chapter in the book where one might find the supporting content for the question. Making this tool highly effective and easy to use. Most all of the topics covered in this book are very basic and the book doesn't go into much detail. Often times a chapter will just skim the surface of a given topic. A broad range of information is covered in this title. Everything from securing access to a Cisco router, to setting up authentication mechanisms to further enhance the security of a Cisco Router. Most of the chapters have so little information that it really should be for review purposes only and not relied upon for learning the features in any detail. Granted there isn't much to configuring most of the features covered in this title, however I would expect that to obtain a CCSP that one would have an better understanding of the technologies and features that what is covered in this title. There's a chapter on IPSEC that is very well written. In my opinion the chapter is probably one of the best chapters in this book. The chapter goes through the detail of configuring an IPSEC tunnel, but more importantly explains the process of setting up the secured tunnel. The figures and diagram in the book help out quite a bit. There are several supporting diagrams. I would recommend this title for network professionals that are at Beginner and Intermediate levels. It¿s basic enough that beginners will learn from the explanations and simple examples. Intermediates may not find enough content to make this title a good reference. There are a few good chapters that cover best security practices. Reading these first few chapters really gets the reader into the mind set that is needed for a person to be affective administrating security.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 11, 2004
Took the exam recently and wasn't surprised by any of the material presented. You may have to read it twice as well as doing a few practice labs to get it truly stick in your brain. Definitely for what you learn vs. what you paid, it's a bargain.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.