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In 2002, IT salaries sank like a stone, with one exception: security. If you've already been working in the field, you know there’s one credential that really means something: (ISC)2's Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). You need experience before they even let you take the exam, but if you meet the stringent requirements, there's no better way to demonstrate your value as a security professional. Which brings us to the CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional Training Guide, one of the most useful CISSP study resources we've seen to date.
Roberta Bragg manages to be both concise and thorough as she covers all ten domains in the (ISC)2 Common Body of Knowledge. Bragg begins with common access control techniques and models, and the relationship between access control and accountability. She offers detailed coverage of network and Internet security, the principles of security management, and developing more secure applications -- including securing distributed applications, storage systems, and even web services.
There's a full chapter on cryptography (including one of the simpler explanations we've seen of public-key cryptography and PKI). Bragg covers security models and architecture, operations security (including audit and monitoring), business continuity and disaster recovery planning, physical security threats and countermeasures, and much more. Each chapter ends with review questions, exercises, and answers, while the book ends with a 250-question practice exam and includes another on CD-ROM. Combine this book with your real-world experience, and you’ll be in great shape to get your CISSP -- and the bennies that go with it. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.