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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Security
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Adam Freeman, Allen Jones
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Required reading for .Net Programmers

Some books are not going to be easy or approachable, one must already be familiar with either the C# and or Visual Basic language (the easy part) and the .NET programming enviornment to attempt this book. The authors are quick to jump from a discussion of the issues to meta code and sample code, but that is a feature, not a bug to the book's intended audience of very sharp, (as opposed to very basic), well educated coders. I would like to have seen more of an effort to discuss testing, validation and assessment, but at just under 700 pages this is a focused work and a serious coverage of the hooks that make it possible to secure .NET. (Of course that is assuming the underlying function calls are not riddled with buffer overflows and the like. Blaster on a .NET scale is a pretty scary prospect.)
The bottom line, we are awash in bad code and the vulnerabilities that result are the fundamental reason there are so many exploits. When you consider that in the scale of a federated system it is not a pretty thought. Someday there will be building codes for software, but in the meantime, if you are a responsible citizen of this planet and you are involved in .Net development, buy your coders this book. Invest the time to be able to quiz them and do so. Make sure they understand the issues, especially with Chapters 18 and 19, ASP.NET and COM+.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Project 2003 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Nancy Stevenson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great place to start

Facing the new year with numerous relatively small projects that I felt were out of control, I resolved to take action. I believed that my planning tasks were unlikely to tax the abilities of Project 2003, and was not really interested in knowing every detail of the software. I picked up this book, and was able to read the sections of interest--about 75% of the content--on a flight from Atlanta to San Jose. I was not disappointed. By the evening of January 10, my three most pressing projects were organized, resources were assigned, and realistic finish dates had been determined. The book gave me the information I needed to get results without false starts. While the attempts at folksy humor can be a tad annoying, the prose is generally clear and understandable. I doubt this is the book for you if you are managing a major project with dozens of people. However, if your projects are jobs like press releases, webinars, and minor software releases, you will likely be well served by it.

Product: Book - CD-ROM
Title: CCNA Virtual Lab, Gold Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle, William Tedder, Bill Tedder
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Nice, but I found online labs CHEAPER and BETTER.

No question, this lab sim is good and provides a nice topology to work with.
BUT, for the coin you have to spend, you may find a better way to go. Check out IPExpert.com. They provide a free CCNA workbook with about 20 labs in it. Then check out www.gettLabs.com. They provide a FREE rack to work through the IPExpert labs. For no money, you can work with REAL equipment. Read the gettLabs Support forums before you start. There is a lot of helpful infomation for CCNA people using their equipment.
I liked Sybex, but it is just too hard to justify the cost.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Unix & Internet Security, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, Alan Schwartz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding resource for Network Security

Book ReviewBy: Brett
Practical Unix & Internet Security
Wow where to begin, First I would like to say that my forte is Network security and this book really covered it all.Had nice presentation, easy to follow and was very detailed. From the opening line to the last page this book has something for everybody that is interested in keeping there computers and network secure and safe! I have tried several of the what-if's and scripts provided or recommended settings on my own network and they worked as describe. There was a lot of research put into this book and also timely material so as to not be outdatedwhen it hits the shelves. The Appendixes very an especially nice touch with loads of valuable information and checklist. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to everyone from Novices on there home computer to Network admins running multi billion dollar operations. Again very well done!~Brett~...