"Documenting what we know remains a challenge in the computer
security profession. Various resources exist: the Internet, web
pages on intranets, articles, email, and technical white papers.
White papers are probably the most formal method, and they have the
advantage of wide dissemination. These documents usually speak to a
specific issue in depth. The range varies though with respect to
the quality of coverage...."
"When facing a new challenge - perhaps you are new to Unix and
Unix security issues - reading "Unix Password Security" saves a
great deal of time. Cutting straight to the main issues eliminates
much tedious introductory material found in textbooks. Or, if you
are installing say a bastion host for the first time, a paper may
provide step-by-step instructions."