CompTIA Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals

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  • AUTHOR: Mark Ciampa
  • ISBN-13: 9781305093911 
  • 608 Pages  Paperback 
  • 5th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2012
  • ©2015     Published
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About The Product

This best-selling guide provides a complete, practical, up-to-date introduction to network and computer security. SECURITY+ GUIDE TO NETWORK SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS, Fifth Edition, maps to the new CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Certification Exam, providing thorough coverage of all domain objectives to help readers prepare for professional certification and career success. The text covers the essentials of network security, including compliance and operational security; threats and vulnerabilities; application, data, and host security; access control and identity management; and cryptography. The extensively updated Fifth Edition features a new structure based on major domains, a new chapter dedicated to mobile device security, expanded coverage of attacks and defenses, and new and updated information reflecting recent developments and emerging trends in information security, such as virtualization. New hands-on and case activities help readers review and apply what they have learned, and end-of-chapter exercises direct readers to the Information Security Community Site for additional activities and a wealth of learning resources, including blogs, videos, and current news and information relevant to the information security field.


  • This trusted text provides comprehensive coverage of essential network and computer security topics, including compliance and operational security; threats and vulnerabilities; application, data, and host security; access control and identity management; and cryptography.
  • The author’s clear, engaging writing style makes even difficult concepts and complex processes easier for readers to understand, making the text an ideal resource for classroom instruction, self-paced learning, or professional reference.
  • Special features throughout the text support effective teaching and learning; examples include review questions; illustrations of security vulnerabilities, attacks, and defenses; case studies highlighting real-world security scenarios, and hands-on projects that allow readers to apply what they have learned.
  • End-of-chapter exercises direct readers to the Information Security Community Site for up-to-the-minute news and information, additional exercises, blogs, discussion boards, videos , and other useful resources.
  • The text is supported by a full line of supplements to enhance teaching and learning, including a CourseMate with ebook, interactive quizzes, Engagement Tracker, and links to useful resources on the Information Security Community Site.

About the Contributor

  • Mark Ciampa

    Mark Ciampa is Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Previously, he served as Associate Professor and Director of Academic Computing for 20 years at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Dr. Ciampa has worked in the IT industry as a computer consultant for the U.S. Postal Service, the Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service, and the University of Tennessee. He is also the author of many Cengage/Course Technology books, including Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals; CWNA Guide to Wireless LANs, 3e; CWSP Guide to Wireless Security; Guide to Wireless Communications; and Networking BASICS. He holds a PhD in digital communication systems from Indiana State University.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Security.
2. Malware and Social Engineering Attacks.
3. Application and Networking-Based Attacks.
4. Host, Application, and Data Security.
5. Basic Cryptography.
6. Advanced Cryptography.
7. Network Security.
8. Administering a Secure Network.
9. Wireless Network Security.
10. Mobile Device Security.
11. Access Control Fundamentals.
12. Authentication and Account Management.
13. Business Continuity.
14. Risk Mitigation.
15. Vulnerability Assessment and Third Party Integration.

New to this Edition

  • The Fifth Edition has been updated to map closely to the new SY0-401 CompTIA Security+ exam objectives, presenting material in a way that aligns with exam objectives to help readers prepare effectively for professional certification and career success.
  • Extensive new and updated material throughout the text provides current information on the latest attacks and defenses, while a new structure for the text organizes topics by major domains to better reflect both exam structure and professional practice.
  • A new chapter on mobile device security reflects the increasingly widespread use and importance of devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, as well as the unique security issues involved in supporting them.
  • Two chapters on cryptography are now presented earlier in the text, based on the growing use of encryption across multiple defenses.
  • Each chapter now includes a hands-on project based on virtualization, providing exposure to many aspects and applications of this increasingly widespread tool being used by businesses to save money and enhance security.
  • New hands-on and case projects provide more opportunities for readers to apply what they have learned, as well as a greater range of realistic scenarios for better real-world preparation.

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