Guide to Computer Network Security / Edition 1

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Contemporary societies have increasing dependence on computers and computer networks, and the increasing popularity of mobile computing, have given rise to numerous computer security problems. Yet despite a high proliferation of expert remedies, a viable and comprehensive solution to these security issues remains elusive, and society continues to suffer at the hands of cyber criminals, vandals and hackers.

This authoritative Guide to Computer Network Security explores computer network infrastructures and protocol design security flaws, and discusses current security solutions and best practices in both fixed and mobile computer networks. The book broadly surveys thought-provoking security issues, discussing and raising questions about the impact of new technologies and protocols (with particular emphasis on the rapid growth and skyrocketing interests and use in mobile technologies). It further explores the security threats and vulnerabilities in the current network infrastructure and protocols, and outlines current security efforts. The text assumes a modest familiarity with basic computer programming and networking.


• Covers the very core of network security, and includes chapters about the very latest in ‘handling disasters’ and ‘security in mobile network systems’

• Presents an in-depth discussion of standardization, again informing the reader on current trends on the topic

• Raises awareness of the security problems in cyberspace, and more particularly, computer network security

• Discusses computer network infrastructure and protocol design flaws and vulnerabilities

• Explores the role of legislation and law enforcement in maintaining computer and computer network security

• Proposes efficient and widely acceptable solutions and best practices to security problems, and encourages readers to investigate other possible solutions

• Alerts the reader to the daunting security problems in increasingly popular mobile network systems

• Includes two types of end-of-chapter exercises: quickly workable questions, as well as more thought-provoking advanced exercises

• Devotes one complete chapter to lab exercises: weekly, semester assignments and hard open-research projects

• Endeavours to use open source software tools throughout

• Provides support materials for lecturers and students such as PowerPoint slides, syllabus suggestions, solutions, instructor manual and student laboratory materials

This text/reference is an invaluable instructional and research tool for undergraduates in computer and information security. It is also a rich resource for practitioners, and professionals looking to gain an understanding of computer network infrastructure and information network security.

Dr Joseph Migga Kizza has also written Computer Network Security and Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age.

Key Topics:

Network Vulnerabilities

Hostile Scripts

Security Assessment



Computer and Network Forensics

Network Security Protocols

Security in Wireless and Sensor Networks

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

From the reviews of the second edition:

“The book is an exhaustive survey on computer network security. It presents theoretical, practical problems and applications related to cyberspace security in general and computer network security in particular. … this is a very well designed and implemented book that could be used by beginners and professionals in the field of computer network security.” (Todor Todorov, zbMATH, Vol. 1278, 2014)

“Kizza (Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga) includes a thorough primer on networking fundamentals and security concepts that will be helpful for readers with a range of expertise. … This is an accessible and illustrative read on the topic … . It will be useful for students and anyone curious about societal and personal concerns over the safety of networks in homes, offices, big business, and government. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, two-year technical program students, and general readers.” (T. D. Richardson, Choice, Vol. 51 (4), December, 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848009165
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/17/2008
  • Series: Computer Communications and Networks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Joseph Migga Kizza is a Professor and Director of the Center for Information Security and Assurance at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN, USA. Among his other publications is the successful Springer textbook Ethical and Social Issues in the Information Age.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding Traditional Computer Network Security

Computer Network Fundamentals

Understanding Computer Network Security

Part II: Security Challenges to Traditional Computer Networks

Security Threats to Computer Networks

Computer Network Vulnerabilities

Cyber Crimes and Hackers

Hostile Scripts

Security Assessment, Analysis, and Assurance

Part III: Dealing with Network Security Challenges

Disaster Management

Access Control and Authorization




System Intrusion Detection and Prevention

Computer and Network Forensics

Virus and Content Filtering

Standardization and Security Criteria: Security Evaluation of Computer Products

Computer Network Security Protocols

Security in Wireless Networks and Devices

Security in Sensor Networks

Part IV: Elastic Extension Beyond the Traditional Computer Network – Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Mobile Systems

Mobile Communication Systems and Related Security Issues

Virtualization Infrastructure and Related Security Issues

Cloud Computing and Related Security Issues

Other Efforts to Secure Information and Computer Networks

Part V: Hands-On Projects

Hands-On Projects

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