CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional Study Guide / Edition 3

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Building on the popular Sybex Study Guide approach, CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional Study Guide, 4th Edition provides 100% coverage of the CISSP Body of Knowledge exam objectives. Find clear and concise information on crucial security topics, practical examples and insights drawn from real-world experience, and cutting-edge exam preparation software, including two full-length bonus exams and electronic flashcards. Prepare yourself by reviewing the key exam topics, including access control, application security, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, cryptography; information security and risk management, and security architecture and design telecommunications and network security.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782144437
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/12/2005
  • Edition description: Study Guid
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James Michael Stewart, CISSP, has been writing and training for more than 14 years, with a current focus on security. He has taught dozens of CISSP training courses, not to mention numerous sessions on Windows security and the Certified Ethical Hacker certification. He is the author of several books and courseware sets on security certification, Microsoft topics, and network administration. More information about Michael can be found at his website:

Ed Tittel is a full-time freelance writer, trainer, and consultant specializing in matters related to information security, markup languages, and networking technologies. He is a regular contributor to numerous TechTarget websites; teaches online security and technology courses for companies including HP, Sony, and Motorola; and writes regularly for Tom’s Hardware. Ed’s professional bio and other information are available at

Mike Chapple , CISSP, is an IT security professional with the University of Notre Dame. In the past, he was chief information officer of Brand Institute and an information security researcher with the National Security Agency and the U.S. Air Force. His primary areas of expertise include network intrusion detection and access controls. Mike is a frequent contributor to TechTarget’s SearchSecurity site, a technical editor for Information Security magazine, and the author of several information security titles including The GSEC Prep Guide from Wiley and Information Security Illuminated from Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

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Table of Contents


Assessment Test.

Chapter 1: Accountability and Access Control.

Chapter 2: Attacks and Monitoring.

Chapter 3: ISO Model, Protocols, Network Security, and Network Infrastructure.

Chapter 4: Communications Security and Countermeasures.

Chapter 5: Security Management Concepts and Principles.

Chapter 6: Asset Value, Policies, and Roles.

Chapter 7: Data and Application Security Issues.

Chapter 8: Malicious Code and Application Attacks.

Chapter 9: Cryptography and Private Key Algorithms.

Chapter 10: PKI and Cryptographic Applications.

Chapter 11: Principles of Computer Design.

Chapter 12: Principles of Security Models.

Chapter 13: Administrative Management.

Chapter 14: Auditing and Monitoring.

Chapter 15: Business Continuity Planning.

Chapter 16: Disaster Recovery Planning.

Chapter 17: Law and Investigations.

Chapter 18: Incidents and Ethics.

Chapter 19: Physical Security Requirements.

Appendix: About the Companion CD.



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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Good information, but...

    I should start by saying that I purchased this book on my NOOK and have been alternating between reading on that and on my iPad NOOK app. I don't know if that makes a difference, as I have not picked up the actual book.

    My biggest complaint about this book is the editing. Whoever proof read it did a very poor job. Why is that important? Because it's distracting. The CISSP is a lot of information to take in and the task is even more daunting when you're not someone who is well versed in computers/technology. So to continue to be thrown off by poor syntax and/or grammar when you're trying to grasp concepts is frustrating, because now you have to try and decipher what the authors were trying to explain, then go back and reestablish your train of thought. Don't get me wrong, I've found the book helpful as far as the information it provides (although, I do plan to supplement it with other texts to get a clearer understanding of the material) and I've, thus far, found it easy enough to read through the chapters in an order that I feel makes the CISSP easier to digest and comprehend (instead of just reading cover-to-cover). One other thing I might suggest to the authors is that if you're going to use acronyms, introduce ALL of them with the word/words you intend to use them in place of before you start using them as a constant (Example: "The operating system (OS) is designed..."). And this should be done for each new chapter in which a term appears, so as to better facilitate the understanding of those readers (like me) who choose to navigate the material "out of order," (i.e. not chapter order).

    I do recommend the book. As I've stated, the information is good. Just know that if you're a reader and not very technically inclined, it's a little frustrating. Not impossible to grasp. Just frustrating.

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