Security Administrator Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to CompTIA Security+ Skills

Security Administrator Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to CompTIA Security+ Skills

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by David R. Miller, Michael Gregg
     
 

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A step-by-step guide to the tasks involved in security administration

If you aspire to a career in security administration, one of your greatest challenges will be gaining hands-on experience. This book takes you through the most common security admin tasks step by step, showing you the way around many of the roadblocks you can expect on the job. It

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A step-by-step guide to the tasks involved in security administration

If you aspire to a career in security administration, one of your greatest challenges will be gaining hands-on experience. This book takes you through the most common security admin tasks step by step, showing you the way around many of the roadblocks you can expect on the job. It offers a variety of scenarios in each phase of the security administrator's job, giving you the confidence of first-hand experience.

In addition, this is an ideal complement to the brand-new, bestselling CompTIA Security+ Study Guide, 5th Edition or the CompTIA Security+ Deluxe Study Guide, 2nd Edition, the latest offerings from Sybex for CompTIA's Security+ SY0-301 exam.

  • Targets security administrators who confront a wide assortment of challenging tasks and those seeking a career in security administration who are hampered by a lack of actual experience
  • Walks you through a variety of common tasks, demonstrating step by step how to perform them and how to circumvent roadblocks you may encounter
  • Features tasks that are arranged according to four phases of the security administrator's role: designing a secure network, creating and implementing standard security policies, identifying insecure systems in an existing environment, and training both onsite and remote users
  • Ideal hands-on for those preparing for CompTIA's Security+ exam (SY0-301)

This comprehensive workbook provides the next best thing to intensive on-the-job training for security professionals.

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You know companies are looking for IT security administrators. Maybe you're already working in IT, and have some security responsibilities. How do you systematize your knowledge, get credentialed, and make a career of this? A great place to start is Security Administrator Street Smarts.

Yes, this is a CompTIA Security+ test prep guide, but it's much more than that. The authors organize the experience of the working security administrator into ten phases: upfront "gruntwork," hardening systems, protecting against malware, securing storage, managing user accounts, protecting the network, securing Internet activity, testing security, investigating incidents, and troubleshooting security problems.

They cover each phase in detail, giving you a clear, practical understanding of what security admins really do. Every task is defined with a real-world scenario, scoped to clarify what's involved, walked through with a practical procedure, and checked with criteria for completion. Along the way, you'll find plenty of step-by-step instructions, with screen shots. (For example: how to determine which Windows services can be safely turned off; how to configure XP Professional for Encrypting File System and restrict access to encrypted files.) Checklists, too: for instance, defining security action items; assessing servers' physical security.)

In this relentlessly realistic context, David Miller and Michael Gregg address every learning objective in CompTIA's Security+ exam. Speaking of this book's authors, they're both working security consultants; one runs an IT security consulting firm that performs assessments and penetration tests for Fortune-class enterprises. They both hold multiple security certifications, too: from the entry-level Security+ to the more challenging CISSP. They know both the "real-world" and the "certification" sides of security inside and out -- and it shows. Bill Camarda, from the April 2007 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118061169
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

David R. Miller, Security+, CISSP, MCSE+ Security, is a network engineer and IT security and project management consultant. He has written numerous books, curricula, and training videos on topicssuch as network and wireless security, penetration testing, CISSP, and Security+. Michael Gregg, Security+, CISSP, CIW Security Analyst, is the President of Superior Solutions, Inc., an IT security consulting firm that performs security assessments and penetration testing for Fortune 1000 firms. He also holds numerous other certifications including MCT, CTT+, A+, Network+, and CEH, among others.

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Security Administrator Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to CompTIA Security+ Skills 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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just got this book today and it was a mistake. this book teaches nothing about security. it is simply a guide explaining how to click through the windows menus. it does not explain anything about the concepts or anything other than windows. it is extremely limited.