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32BitsOnline: Book Review: Practical UNIX and Internet Security

Dec 23, 2000, 14:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dustin Puryear)

"Securing UNIX systems and networks against crackers and other assorted bad guys is a top priority for most organizations (or at least it should be). In order to properly protect your systems, you need to have the right information at your disposal: without this information you can easily miss holes in your security implementation. There are many documents found on the web for this purpose, including a plethora of information at sites such as AntiOnline (http://www.antionline.com) and the CERIAS Security Archive (ftp://coast.cs.purdue.edu/pub/). These are excellent sites, but unless you are already versed in security administration, the amount of information can be rather overwhelming. Fortunately, there is a solution in the form of O'Reilly and Associates' second edition of "Practical UNIX and Internet Security" (971 pages)."

"The authors of "Practical UNIX and Internet Security," Simson Garfinkel and Gene Spafford, write in a very down-to-earth, simple fashion that never leaves the reader wondering. Instead, the book is written for both those new to the field and the professionals that need a good reference manual lying on their shelves."

"Practical UNIX and Internet Security" is a very popular book, and has reached almost cult status in many circles. The reason behind this is simple: there is a lot of information, the information is easily readable, and topics are grouped logically. What else can a reader ask for?"

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