information technology domains in which anything between book covers is
suspected of being obsolete, security is a discipline in which seasoned
experience still has value. Three titles released this year offer
different approaches to meet different needs.
"Security in Computing"
Charles and Shari Pfleeger; Prentice Hall PTR; $79
Now in its third edition, "Security in Computing" by Charles and
Shari Pfleeger is a comprehensive textbook, including end-of-chapter
exercises that make it suitable for training as well as for
self-education and reference.
This update to the 1997 edition includes substantial new material on
network security and restructures encryption material to separate
theoretical discussion from everyday applications. Wherever we open
this book, we find ourselves immediately drawn into its clear (but not
"Hacking Linux Exposed"
Bri Hatch and James Lee; McGraw Hill/Osborne; $49.99
For those whose primary interest is the mechanics of attack and
defense, the second edition of "Hacking Linux Exposed" by Bri Hatch
and James Lee offers a structured treatment that covers external,
local-user and server attacks. It also provides valuable guidance on
post-attack follow-up, an oft-neglected topic. Even non-Linux sites
will benefit from this treatment, which delves into the mechanisms of
attack right down to the (open) source code.
Bruce Potter and Bob Fleck; O'Reilly & Associates; $34.95
With wireless networks the fastest-growing IT vulnerability, Bruce
Potter and Bob Fleck are timely in offering their text, "802.11
Beginning with just the basics of how 802.11 works, followed by an
overview of attack types, the authors quickly dive into specifics of
securing Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD stations and
gateways. With many users adopting wireless without regard for
corporate policy, it borders on negligence not to have this information