Security Warrior

Security Warrior
Author: By Cyrus Peikari, Anton Chuvakin
Publisher: O’Reilly
Online Catalog: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/

ISBN: 0-596-00545-8

Price: $AUS90.00 approx.

Having read most of the security books in the O’Reilly series, I was anxious to see what “Security Warrior” was all about. First things first, if you’re new to the topic of information security, perhaps try a title like “Practical Unix & Internet Security, 3rd Edition” by Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, Alan Schwartz, which I highly recommend. Security Warriors covers some areas that not many other security books cover, in particular the book starts off talking about software reversing techniques. There is plenty of platform specific information to keep both the Windows and Unix crowds happy, for instance, part 3 “Platform Attacks” discusses common vulnerabilities and counter measures. Most of your regular garden variety infosec topics get a mention in this title, and the topics do indeed cover a very wide area, but at times it delves a little deeper than the average security reference. All in all, a great read. Even if you’re not interested in all of the content, the writing style is such that you can start at pretty much anywhere and follow what’s going on.

4 stars

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