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Computer Insecurity

Risking the System

Furnell, Steven M.

2005, XIII, 240 p. 30 illus.

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 Date Reviewed: Mar 21 2006
"Security is a journey rather than a destination”. If you want to know how to
protect your computer system, this is not the book for you. If you want to know why you
should protect your computer system or convince someone else of the need, this book may
very well be appropriate. The approach taken by Furnell is to describe a variety of potential
system vulnerabilities and then present case studies and surveys to show that these
vulnerabilities are real and should be of concern to systems managers and their
The first two chapters provide an overview of computer security problems, including a
perceived lack of sufficient awareness about them. In the three chapters that follow, major
security problems and potential attacks are surveyed. The last two chapters discuss
potential approaches to providing information assurance and computer security, as well as
the limitations of these approaches. The situations discussed include, but are not limited to,
some of the more notorious security incidents.  The ISO/IEC 17799:2000 Code of Practice for
Information Security Management is summarized, and several other security standards and
guidelines are mentioned.
Reviewer: C. M. Eastman Review #: CR132583

 ‘In today’s connected world no-one can afford to ignore computer security, this book tells you why, and what you should do about it, in simple non-technical language.’

Dr Jeremy Ward, Director of Service Development, Symantec (UK) Ltd

Computer Insecurity contains loads of practical advice supported by an abundance of real world examples and research. If you don’t understand what all the fuss concerning computer security is about then this book was written for you.’Jeff Crume, CISSP

Executive IT Security Architect, IBM and author of ‘Inside Internet Security – What hackers don’t want you to know’

‘I have long been looking for a book that would give answers to why rather than how we cater for Information and Communication Systems Security ... I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone that wishes to extend their knowledge’

Professor Sokratis K. Katsikas, University of the Aegean, Greece



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