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The Expert Recommends:
Essential Resources for Computer and Network Security Professionals

by Rebecca Bace - May 30, 2000

Essential Resources for Computer and Network Security Professionals

About the Author


Making Sense of Internet Security


Web-Based Resources for Information Security


The Library




The Library

There are several books I use on a regular basis to revisit core topics, to provoke thought when I'm thinking over a new issue or problem area, and as sanity check when writing proposals and action plans for consulting clients. I also recommend them to customers and associates as references.

Practical Unix and Internet Security by Simson Garfinkel and Gene Spafford. O'Reilly and Associates, 1996

Audience: Any security technologist who is new (or old!) to security should have a copy of this book.

Description: Gene Spafford and Simson Garfinkel, two of the most knowledgeable security brains in the business, wrote this book several years ago. It is considered the classic reference for computer security, with a focus on Unix systems. Although it targets those who do programming or systems administration, parts of it (for instance, the sections on security policy and management infrastructure) are clear enough to be useful to anyone charged with information security or management responsibilities.

Intranet Security: Stories from the Trenches by Linda McCarthy. Prentice Hall 1997

Audience: Newcomers to security, especially management and business personnel, will find this book helpful.

Description: My friend and colleague Linda McCarthy worked her way up the ranks at Sun Microsystems, handling various aspects of computer security for the corporation, ultimately managing Sun's crack Internet security research and development team. She learned a lot along the way, and documents many of the lessons learned in this immensely readable collection of parables about computer security.

Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker by William Cheswick and Steven Bellovin. Addison Wesley 1994 — second edition to be published in July 2000

Audience: This book is great for system administrators, network managers, and security professionals alike.

Description: Bill Cheswick and Steve Bellovin are two of the most delightful members of the network security community. Their book is similarly delightful, packed with clearly articulated principles of network security, threat, technologies, and war stories. There's an anxiously awaited second edition due out in July — it will likely join its predecessor on my bookshelf as a timeless reference.

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