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Local area networks, wide area networks, Internet, wireless networks, technologies, theory, management and planning of networks.

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The heart of this somewhat dry book is a step-by-step guide to implementing a secure Unix network. The book defines each security issue and follows with instructions on what parameters to set, what programs to run, and which files to check. This is useful but doesn't convey much high-level knowledge in the process. You could set up a whole system according to these directions and still not really understand why or how it all works. Whether you will benefit from this cookbook approach depends on your desire to explore every last corner of Unix. After covering system configuration, the book goes on to discuss several noncommercial and commercial security programs that help you analyze your network for weaknesses. Appendices introduce related ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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The introduction states that this book is intended for educated managers and laypeople who do not have an engineering degree. I certainly fit within that category, and I could probably lay claim to a bit more. However, I was disappointed in the work contained in this volume. The explanations are not as clear as they could be, and while the text has some interesting and useful explanations for a little known field, it doesn't live up to its promise. Chapter one is a general introduction to telecommunications, including a rather interesting table showing that telephone service generates more revenue than television and movies combined. Some simple network concepts are outlined in chapter two. The components of telephone sets and statio... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Part one is a user guide to the Kerberos security tool, user being defined as both end user and administrator. Chapter one presents a rather weak justification for Kerberos (based on the insecurity of email) and some quick contact information for obtaining it. End user operations for Kerberos are described, but not always clearly, and some questions are left open. (Does the user have any control over ticket expiry times?) The administrative functions, in chapter three, are weak in regard to installation, but reasonable in terms of maintenance operations. Chapter four contains quick listings of the Kerberos API (Application Programming Interface) calls, for those who want to build Kerberized programs. Part two provides some background... Rest of this review on the detail page
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The Whole Internet for Windows 95 is a very good first book on the Internet for those who are already fairly comfortable using their computers. The writing is lively and engaging, and the authors seem to appreciate the value and diversity of the Internet. What's more, they present the Net to the reader like a tantalizing invitation to come sample what it can offer. If you're looking for a tour guide to the Internet that won't treat you like a dummy, this is top choice. On the other hand, if you're more comfortable with a very systematic, handholding approach to the Net, investigate some of the other titles in this category. A version of this book that is not specific to users of the Windows 95 operating system is also available.
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This is a solid, lucid and superior book which addresses security and disaster issues not only for LANs, but for computer systems in general. The writing is clear. The material is not only practical and based firmly in a common-sense approach, but is founded on a firm grasp of a wide range of technologies, some of them very esoteric indeed. The chapters cover planning, documentation, system reliability, security, backups, power conditioning, resumption planning and plan testing. Appendices give sample plans and policies as well as a resource guide. I was, of course, very interested in the virus section and found it to be far superior to almost anything I have read in a general work (missing mention only of change detection and activ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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