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Security Awareness: Applying Practical Security in Your Worldby Mark Ciampa
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For most students and computer users, practical computer security poses some daunting challenges: What type of attacks will antivirus software prevent? How do I set up a firewall? How can I test my computer to be sure that attackers cannot reach it through the Internet? When and how should I install Windows patches? SECURITY AWARENESS: APPLYING PRACTICAL SECURITY IN YOUR WORLD, 3E is designed to help readers understand the answers to these questions, and provide you with the knowledge you need to make your computer and home or small office network secure. This book presents a basic introduction to practical computer security for all users, from students to home users to business professionals. Security topics are introduced through a series of real-life user experiences, showing why computer security is necessary and providing the essential elements for making and keeping computers secure. Going beyond just the concepts of computer security, students will gain practical skills on how to protect computers and networks from increasingly sophisticated attacks. Each chapter in the book contains hands-on projects to help make the reader's computer secure, such as how to use and configure security hardware and software. These projects are designed to make the content come alive through actually performing the tasks. In addition, this experienced author provides realistic security case projects that put you in the role of a security consultant working to solve problems for clients through various scenarios.
Designed to provide you with the knowledge needed to protect computers and networks from increasingly sophisticated attacks, SECURITY AWARENESS: APPLYING PRACTICE SECURITY IN YOUR WORLD, Fourth Edition continues to present the same straightforward, practical information that has made previous editions so popular. For most computer users, practical computer security poses some daunting challenges: What type of attacks will antivirus software prevent? How do I set up a firewall? How can I test my computer to be sure that attackers cannot reach it through the Internet? When and how should I install Windows patches? This text is designed to help you understand the answers to these questions through a series of real-life user experiences. In addition, hands-on projects and case projects give you the opportunity to test your knowledge and apply what you have learned. SECURITY AWARENESS: APPLYING PRACTICE SECURITY IN YOUR WORLD, Fourth Edition contains up-to-date information on relevant topics such as protecting mobile devices and wireless local area networks.
About the Author
Mark Ciampa is Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Previously, he served as Associate Professor and Director of Academic Computing for 20 years at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Dr. Ciampa has worked in the IT industry as a computer consultant for the U.S. Postal Service, the Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service, and the University of Tennessee. He is also the author of many Cengage/Course Technology books, including Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals; CWNA Guide to Wireless LANs, 3e; CWSP Guide to Wireless Security; Guide to Wireless Communications; and Networking BASICS. He holds a PhD in digital communication systems from Indiana State University.
Table of Contents
1. INTRODUCTION TO SECURITY. Challenges of Securing Information. What Is Information Security? Who Are the Attackers? Attacks and Defenses. 2. DESKTOP SECURITY. Attacks on Desktop Computers. Desktop Defenses. Recovering from Attacks. 3. INTERNET SECURITY. How the Internet Works. Internet Attacks. Internet Defenses. 4. PERSONAL SECURITY. Attacks on Personal Security. Personal Security Defenses. 5. MOBILE DEVICE SECURITY. Threats Against Mobile Devices. Securing Mobile Devices. 6. WIRELESS NETWORK SECURITY. How Networks Work. Attacks on Networks. Wireless Network Defenses.
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