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In 1991, computer security was a vague subject that managers and system administrators decided, reluctantly, that they needed to know more about. Most security initiatives were based on the "Orange Book" (Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria), a US Department of Defense publication that baffled casual readers. O'Reilly's "Computer Security Basics" contained a readable introduction to the Orange Book -- why it existed, what it contained, and what the different security levels were all about. Over the past 15 years, this classic book has continued to sell steadily. Today, security is a hot topic, and international (ISO) security standards largely have replaced the Orange Book. But for those of you who need to understand the fundamentals, "Computer Security Basics" is still the best book to consult. The new edition builds on the well-established principles developed in the original edition and thoroughly updates that core knowledge. For novice security administrators, system administrators, and developers, "Computer Security Basics" offers a clear overview of the security concepts you need to know: access controls, malicious software, security policy, cryptography, biometrics, and government regulations and standards. And it does so in a way that you can easily understand, even if you aren't very familiar with security. This is the must-have book for a must-know field.