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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
Publisher: Deke Press
Authors:
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for newbies


Great book for beginners. My photoshop class at school actually uses this book as the textbook.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Foundation Piece for Security Practitioners


Excellent read! Serves as a reasonable security primer for new practitioners and refreshing/stimulating content for the seasoned professionals. I loved the Attack Trees analysis concept and I am utilizing them to try to create more analytical, founded and measurable security policies and implementations.
Mr. Schneier is a little heavy on the Hell and Damnation we are all headed for and the shear futility of our security charge--I have been doing this for a while and although paranoid as hell I am a bit more optimistic.
Finally, I must commend the capitalist, self-serving conclusion he arrives at...the only way out of most of the security quandries he highlights is by outsourcing the organization's security services! God Bless America, where you can write a book to promote the re-invention of your own personal business...Where do I send my resume for Counterpane Internet Security, Inc.
Cheers and Kudos to Mr. Schneier



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Dan Margulis
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The title is Key.


This Photoshop book is an excellent resource for tackling color issues that come up in the workplace every day. Although it would seem that it is partial to CMYK, if you read deeper, you will find that the techniques go far beyond one color space. If you are looking for an ABC 123 book for color in Photoshop, this book might too overwhelming. But as a seasoned color professional, I find myself referring to this book again and again. Reading this book has reminded me that 99% of my color problems can be solved by sticking to basic color theory practices while taking Dan's new Ideas and applying them Accordingly.



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
Masterful Coverage, Well Organized


I have had the CISSP certification squarely on my radar for about a year now, but the sheer amount of information to compile and read and remember is simply too much. This is because the compiled readings are mainly at best, guesswork. What's more, the weightages of the Ten Domains of Computer Security can be markedly different, and no one can really be sure of the importance of certain sections as compared to others. For example, both authors who are themselves CISSP certified, place Telecommunications and Network Security as more heavily covered in the exam than say, Security Management Practices, clearly a time saver for those who like me, am also pursuing the BS7799 Auditor certification.
Within each chapter, the authors also clearly prioritize the topics. In the Chapter entitled Access Systems, the topic Decntralized/Distributed Access Control takes up half of the chapter, again, demonstrating that more attention has to be paid by the reader.
Though the information to cover is vast, I never felt that I needed a map to navigate the contents. Each chapter's objectives are clearly stated, and the section lucidly explained. Best of all, the visual and textual aspects are just right for the eye. Of course, for a exam that covers 10 domains, the number of acronyms faced is numerous, but the nifty Glossary takes care of any confusion that may arise. Besides the coverage of the ten domains in 10 chapters, the Appendices are extremely helpful. Topics such as HIPAA Compliance through HIPAA-CMM are covered, so is the British Standard 7799.
If you feel that coverage is not deep enough (which is not really a factor in the exam), the authors provide useful References for Further Study, also found as Appendix H.
In summation, the book is extremely well organized, and the additional information provided in each Appendix make this not only a required study tool, but also a "must have" reference.