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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the CISSP and ISSEP Exams, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent CISSP preparation guide

In June 2004, the International Organization for Standardization (known as the ISO) granted certification in the area of information security for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation. With ISO certification, the CISSP is gaining in prominence, making The CISSP Prep Guide a timely and informative resource.

This book is useful for anyone preparing to take the CISSP or ISSEP (Information Systems Security Engineering Professional) exams. The CISSP is tailored for professionals working in the private sector, while ISSEP has been designed, in conjunction with the National Security Agency, for would-be security engineers.

The guide has 14 chapters. The first ten chapters correspond to the ten domains of the security Common Body of Knowledge that underlies the CISSP exam. ISSEP candidates will find the final four chapters geared to them.

A CD-ROM that accompanies the book includes simulated testing for each exam. The CISSP preparation software contains 327 questions, while another 120 are devoted to the ISSEP exam. These tests are helpful, but they should not be used in lieu of studying. Overall, the package is an effective aid for anyone planning to take the CISSP or ISSEP exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Test Automation (ACM Press)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mark Fewster, Dorothy Graham
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very practical book with great "real-life" stories

Very practical book, where both parts are very valuable - 1st part offers insight into what automated testing is and what it's not managaing expectations perfectly; 2nd part provides with real-life examples of attampets to automate testing - and it's not only success stories but rather real-life examples. Great reading for test lead/development lead/project manager who thinks about automating testing.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 1001 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Visual FoxPro
Publisher: Hentzenwerke Publishing
Authors: Andy Kramek, Marcia Akins, Rick Schummer
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The 1001 things I didn't really need

Marcia and Andy have put together a great book full of hot tips for VFP developers. Some books are theoretical and others are practical, this one is practical from the start. It is full of great suggestions for handling common problems encountered in VFP. This is a book that will never find itself far from your workstation.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Kevin Beaver, Stuart McClure
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Place to Get Started

I used to wonder why anyone would want to break into my computer, there's not much there of any interest. Even I don't find it all that interesting. Then one day I was puzzled when my ISP asked why my machine was putting out millions of bytes of stuff to the point where it was bogging down their T1 line. I didn't know. We unpluged the machine from the network and it stopped sending. We plugged it back in and it wasn't sending. But the next day it was.

It wasn't until we got an e-mail telling us to stop sending out copyrighted movies that we realized what had happened. It wasn't anything in my computer they wanted, it was the bandwidth. Knowing what to look for it wasn't all that hard to stop. Google quickly provided links on this problem.

This book is aimed at people just like me. It gives an overall, if fairly light, view of the overall security problem. Like the other For Dummies books it has a writing style that doesn't (quite) put you to sleep. It has enough humor to enable you to get through it. It won't make you an expert, but it will point out the problem areas so that you can go deeper into those that are important to you. It's a good introduction.