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PROCESS OF NETWORK SECURITY: Designing and Managing a Safe Network
PROCESS OF NETWORK SECURITY: Designing and Managing a Safe Network
von Thomas A. Wadlow
Preis: EUR 39,49

5.0 von 5 Sternen Deserves to become a classic, 10. April 2000
Wadlow's new book is full of sage and useful guidance for medium to large organizations that are completely dependent upon the Internet. Intended mainly for the chief security officer, or the administrator responsible for information protection, this book is not so much about technology as it is about how to apply technology. It clearly describes how to effectively configure and administer your information systems and your staff in order to prevent security incidents and, when the inevitable does happen, to recover as quickly and completely as possible.
With 20 years of relevant experience, the author has done some deep thinking on this subject. As an example, he lists 27 different job functions performed by the security team. Will any organization actually have 27 different security specialists? No, but any security manager would be well-advised to review that list to ensure that all necessary functions are covered by somebody.
Wadlow provides helpful ideas on creating an effective security policy-even when management hasn't bought into the idea yet, and has sound advice on both hiring and firing staff. Read the chapters "Preparing for an Attack" and "Handling an Attack" before its too late. Chapters on auditing, log file analysis, and forensics all provide concrete guidance on these difficult processes.
The book is filled with helpful analogies that are useful in developing an understanding of the nature of network security. One of the biggest difficulties in training people to become effective in the security arena is in developing the mindset-an innate understanding of information security dynamics. You need a grasp of the big picture to have that intuitive realization that without a constant proactive security effort, you are actually moving backwards. It is a process and Wadlow presents it in a clear and compelling fashion.
If you want to think securely-if information security is part of your current or future responsibilities and you'd like a more mature concept of what that entails, then you will find this book invaluable.

Intrusion Detection (MacMillan Technology)
Intrusion Detection (MacMillan Technology)
von Rebecca Gurley Bace
Preis: EUR 43,99

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4.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent textbook, but not an implementor's handbook, 7. April 2000
This is a well-researched and well-written text. It is an excellent complement to Northcutt's book, which is more concrete and oriented to the hands-on practitioner. Those hoping to just buy an off-the-shelf IDS and turn it on may find Bace's book somewhat abstract. Although it reads well, it has a very strong academic flavor (this is probably inevitable in any book that uses the word 'etiology' twice in the first chapter). If Amoroso's book is a graduate-level text, then this is an appropriate book for undergrads.
Every specialized text on security seems to succumb to the temptation to flesh out the book with elementary security topics, and this one is no exception. Whether they are absolutely appropriate in a book like this or not, Bace does offer some very wise and useful advice and understandings on information security in general--some of which I was able to apply immediately by sharing with a client.
The author provides a comprehensive history of intrusion detection that is effective in creating an understanding of the reasons that specific techniques are used and what their shortcomings and strong points are--15 years worth of non-commercial intrusion detection systems are described and analyzed. While academic and government sponsored IDS initiatives are well-covered, those who are shopping for a commercial solution will probably be disappointed by the almost total lack of mention of currently available products. Discussion of commercial products consists of generalizations such as "Many products" or "some products" or "be aware of vendors that".
The chapter on legal issues is excellent and up-to-date, and it should be read by anyone implementing any form of monitoring system. The chapter 'For Strategists' is just a rehash of basic risk management concepts. It isn't particularly applicable to IDS and I disagree with the author on the prominence of ROI calculations in the security product implementation decision process. The bibliography is complete and very current. Although it lacks annotations, many of the sources are referenced within the book itself, so the reader interested in further research has plenty of guidance.
The weaknesses in this book are probably due to a lack of audience focus. It is aimed at Chief Security Officers, network and OS admins, college compsci students, and security systems designers.
Consultants and decision-makers should read this text, as should network engineers who want to expand their awareness of the tools they are purchasing and using. Given that this serves well as a reference book, the sturdy hard binding is appreciated, and the pages withstand highlighting without bleed through. It isn't a lot of verbiage for the price, but the quality is high.

The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management
The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management
von Jerry B. Harvey
Preis: EUR 26,79

5.0 von 5 Sternen Every manager with a conscience should read this book, 23. März 2000
Brilliant, wise, humane and funny, Harvey's classic book on organizational behavior is entertaining and thought provoking. Many of his explanations about corporate behavior struck a chord with me--I read this one with a pen in hand, jotting down notes about specific experiences that I have had in phrog farms. If you are unhappy at work, maybe it is not your fault--maybe you are stuck in a degrading and unhealthy work environment.
Harvey expects a great deal from leaders in business, politics, and even education, and is not reticent to criticize them for abusing their position of authority. He characterizes contemporary corporate culture as being a virtual conspiracy, assisted by a higher-education system that teaches students not to cooperate, but to actively resist working together. A radical idea that deserves some consideration.
This is almost--but not quite--a spiritual book, and the author even claims the attributes of a preacher. It is a secular take on the theme Edward Welch discusses in "When People are Big and God is Small." The fear of other people has tremendous negative consequences--both personally and organizationally. Like Welch, Harvey's highlights the benefit of overcoming that fear and provides practical advice on how to do it.
Anyone manager with a conscience should read Harvey, just to ensure that they are not perpetuating an unethical system.

Cleveland TV Memories (Ohio)
Cleveland TV Memories (Ohio)
von Tom Feran

4.0 von 5 Sternen Every Cleveland babyboomer should read this, 23. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cleveland TV Memories (Ohio) (Taschenbuch)
I can't imagine anyone who didn't come of age in Cleveland having an interest in this book, but if your view of life was formed by the rich variety of local Cleveland programming during the fifties and sixties, you'll probably enjoy it. This short book consists of 363 single paragraphs that cover the gamut of Cleveland's TV history. For me, it cleared up a number of deep mysteries related to Woodrow the Woodsman, and I had completely forgotten the peanut butter & jelly sandwich-eating elephant. If you are like me, and still hum that Lawsons "Roll On Big O" ditty, but can't remember all the words, take heart--they are here, along with the words to Mr. Jingeling's theme and Commander Ray's Westpark Chevy jingle. Until I read this book, I had no idea that the rest of the world does not use the Larry, Curley & Moe order promulgated by Captain Penny. Go figure. This little text is chock full of fascinating factoids.
This is a fun book that will bring back memories you didn't even know you had. And, remember, you can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool Mom!

ISP Survival Guide: Strategies for Running a Competitive ISP
ISP Survival Guide: Strategies for Running a Competitive ISP
von Geoff Huston

3.0 von 5 Sternen Good outline, but a mediocre execution., 9. März 2000
This book succeeds as a handbook--it is truly comprehensive. Unfortunately, it lacks depth in virtually every topic, and the writing is unacceptable--where was the editor?
Anyone in a management position within an ISP--or consulting for one--will be most effective in their job if they are familiar with the material in this book. Starting with the history of the Internet, it zips through a quick introduction of TCP/IP and immediately becomes bogged down in an interminably long and obtuse discussion of routing (Perlman is both easier to read and more detailed). A tortuous 45 page discussion of VPNs concludes with a terse and useful 8-word definition.
In spite of its flaws, it manages to at least touch on telecom technology, QoS, security, the role of the Internet authorities, and relationships between ISPs. The majority of ISP product offerings are discussed, and it includes a lengthy discussion of ISP business models. Everything is here but marketing, which is covered in a different Wiley text.
The book tries to be all things to all people, but specialists in any of the areas discussed, from technology to business, could find a better, more specific source, and it could easily be half this length without losing any information. A usable handbook would be twice this size, and half as prolix. Until such a text exists, I reluctantly recommend this one. Skim it if you have to, but if you work in the business you should be familiar with everything in this book.

Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945
Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War, 1941-1945
von Leo Marks
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen E-Commerce decisions makers should read this book, 9. März 2000
The guy has a bit of an ego, and the book is too cutsey, but Marks is a successful screenwriter and it reads well.
I would recommend this for anyone looking to learn more about cryptography. Unlike most books that are more oriented towards algorithms and protocols, this makes the operational issues of creating and analyzing encrypted messages very clear.
Anyone involved with e-commerce implementations but unfamiliar with the application of encryption would do well to read this book and learn how dangerous poor practices and half-hearted implementations can be to a security system.

Peder Victorious: A Tale of the Pioneers Twenty Years Later
Peder Victorious: A Tale of the Pioneers Twenty Years Later
von O. E. Rolvaag
Preis: EUR 20,49

5.0 von 5 Sternen Out of the Old World, into the New, 9. März 2000
This book is the sequel to "Giants in the Earth," an engrossing adventure story about the settlement of the South Dakota prairie. Peder turned out to be entirely different, more cerebral, slower, less exhuberant. I read Giants to learn what my ancestors experienced. It turned out to be a truly significant and exciting novel, but I didn't learn much about the Norwegian-American experience. I picked up Peder to discover what happened to the characters in Giant. Instead, I gained a deeper understanding of the joys and agonies that my family must have experienced as they lost their Norwegian language and culture, becoming Americans.
Peder starts off slowly. Revolving around the title character, it uses Peder Holm's experience as an adolescent as a device to illustrate the changes and conflicts within the Norwegian-American community. As he becomes more mature, and his dilemmas become more adult, the story becomes more engrossing.
I have to admit that I set this one down for about a month before finishing it, but I'm ready to read the next one. In many ways, it is a more significant novel than Giants. It was moving and thought-provoking. Great novels are not always an easy read--this one is worth a bit of patience through Peder's childhood years.

Topper (Modern Library Paperbacks)
Topper (Modern Library Paperbacks)
von Thorne Smith
Preis: EUR 14,66

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific Jazz-era story, funny and thoughtful, 6. März 2000
Who hasn't fallen in love with a ghost at least once in their life?
Topper is absolutely delightful. While in some ways it was considered scandalous at the time, it certainly seems innocent today. It has a lightness and freshness lacking in his later works. Some contemporary readers may be unused to fiction that lacks violence and overt sex, but the appeal of this story is Cosmo's mid-life crisis and its sucessful resolution with the supernatural assistance of a carful of hard-drinking, carefree spirits.
Whoever coined the phrase 'witty repartee' probably had this book in mind. It's a fun read that kept me entertained all the way from Seattle to Virginia.
One word of advice before you start. Smith uses an interesting motif in this book over and over again. Keep your eyes open for it.

Green Grass, Running Water
Green Grass, Running Water
von Thomas King
Preis: EUR 10,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great romp, with some depth to it, 6. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Green Grass, Running Water (Taschenbuch)
This is a great romp. King has an almost Wodehousian sense of comic coincidence, but with a subtler and rarer touch. Although it is a hilarious book, the discovery of yet another connection between the novel's converging story lines is just as likely to elicit an 'ah ha' as a belly laugh. It's funny, but humor is applied with some depth.
King pokes fun at his characters and their foibles, but he always does it with a certain sense of reverance. "Tomorrow, he would begin to floss." he says of one character when at the age of 40 he decides to finally do something meaningful with his life. It takes courage in a post modern, politically correct world, but maybe laughing with someone about their own cultural baggage is a sincere and accessible form of respect.
I have to point out that from a Christian perspective, parts of the book could be viewed as sacrilegious. Although they are the heroes of the book, perhaps some aboriginal Americans would also consider his reworking of mythological stories as being inappropriate--I cannot say. I choose instead to interpret this in cultural instead of religious terms. One of the major themes of the book is the oppressiveness of western cultural imperialism and its affect on the remaining indigenous population. Its hard to do that without taking a poke or two at the religion that has so frequently been used as an excuse for non-religious cultural and economic activities.
King is insightful and droll--no gender, race, or occupation is completely safe from his biting wit and sense of the absurd. A review on the book cover describes his similarity to Twain, and I think the comparison is apt. Like Twain, the dialogue is snappy, colloquial and believable. The story is funny, engrossing and challenging. I think Twain would have liked it and recommended it. I do too.

Norwegian Folktales (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)
Norwegian Folktales (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)
von Peter Christen Asbjornsen
Preis: EUR 14,09

5.0 von 5 Sternen Marvelous stories for children and adults, 22. Februar 2000
My 9-year old was enthralled with the stories in this book, begging for more every night until we finished it. I disagree with his Freudian interpretation, but Bruno Bettelheim is right that folktales touch something wired within us, fulfilling an innate need children have to comprehend the adult world.
Although not as well-known as the German Grimm's collection in the United States, this book is widely revered in Norway. Both are teutonic cultures, but these stories are different in character and feel from the Grimm Brother stories. While they contain elements common to all european fables, this book is filled with trolls, and the reformation seems like a recent event. Norsk tales have a unique and compelling charm.
My favorite fable is in this collection--the one about the mill that explains why the sea is salty. Read it yourself--I don't want to spoil the ending.
From a purist point of view, drawings detract from stories such as these, but two of Norway's most most well-known illustrators are represented, and the artwork is compelling.
This paperback is a reprint of the original English-language translation from 40 years ago. I have that original text packed away somewhere lost, so it was a real treat to be able to buy a new copy to share with my son.

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