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Computer Security : Principles and Practice

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Computer Security: Principles and Practice, Third Edition, is ideal for courses in Computer/Network Security. It also provides a solid, up-to-date reference or self-study tutorial for system engineers, programmers, system managers, network managers, product marketing personnel, system support specialists.

In recent years, the need for education in computer security and related topics has grown dramatically-and is essential for anyone studying Computer Science or Computer Engineering. This is the only text available to provide integrated, comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of the broad range of topics in this subject. In addition to an extensive pedagogical program, the book provides unparalleled support for both research and modeling projects, giving students a broader perspective.

It covers all security topics considered Core in the EEE/ACM Computer Science Curriculum. This textbook can be used to prep for CISSP Certification, and includes in-depth coverage of Computer Security, Technology and Principles, Software Security, Management Issues, Cryptographic Algorithms, Internet Security and more.

The Text and Academic Authors Association named Computer Security: Principles and Practice, First Edition, the winner of the Textbook Excellence Award for the best Computer Science textbook of 2008.

Teaching and Learning Experience

This program presents a better teaching and learning experience-for you and your students. It will help:

Easily Integrate Projects in your Course: This book provides an unparalleled degree of support for including both research and modeling projects in your course, giving students a broader perspective.
Keep Your Course Current with Updated Technical Content: This edition covers the latest trends and developments in computer security.
Enhance Learning with Engaging Features: Extensive use of case studies and examples provides real-world context to the text material.
Provide Extensive Support Material to Instructors and Students: Student and instructor resources are available to expand on the topics presented in the text.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 840 pages
  • 178 x 235 x 33.02mm | 1,160g
  • Pearson
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, black & white tables, figures
  • 0133773922
  • 9780133773927
  • 1,215,352

Table of contents

Contents Online Resources



About the Authors

Chapter 0 Guide for Readers and Instructors

0.1 Outline of This Book

0.2 A Roadmap for Readers and Instructors

0.3 Support for CISSP Certification

0.4 Support for NSA/DHS Certification

0.5 Support for ACM/IEEE Computer Science Curricula 2013

0.6 Internet and Web Resources

0.7 Standards

Chapter 1 Overview

1.1 Computer Security Concepts

1.2 Threats, Attacks, and Assets

1.3 Security Functional Requirements

1.4 Fundamental Security Design Principles

1.5 Attack Surfaces and Attack Trees

1.6 Computer Security Strategy

1.7 Recommended Reading

1.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 2 Cryptographic Tools

2.1 Confidentiality with Symmetric Encryption

2.2 Message Authentication and Hash Functions

2.3 Public-Key Encryption

2.4 Digital Signatures and Key Management

2.5 Random and Pseudorandom Numbers

2.6 Practical Application: Encryption of Stored Data

2.7 Recommended Reading

2.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 3 User Authentication

3.1 Electronic User Authentication Principles

3.2 Password-Based Authentication

3.3 Token-Based Authentication

3.4 Biometric Authentication

3.5 Remote User Authentication

3.6 Security Issues for User Authentication

3.7 Practical Application: An Iris Biometric System

3.8 Case Study: Security Problems for ATM Systems

3.9 Recommended Reading

3.10 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 4 Access Control

4.1 Access Control Principles

4.2 Subjects, Objects, and Access Rights

4.3 Discretionary Access Control

4.4 Example: UNIX File Access Control

4.5 Role-Based Access Control

4.6 Attribute-Based Access Control

4.7 Identity, Credential, and Access Management

4.8 Trust Frameworks

4.9 Case Study: RBAC System for a Bank

4.10 Recommended Reading

4.11 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 5 Database and Cloud Security

5.1 The Need for Database Security

5.2 Database Management Systems

5.3 Relational Databases

5.4 SQL Injection Attacks

5.5 Database Access Control

5.6 Inference

5.7 Database Encryption

5.8 Cloud Computing

5.9 Cloud Security Risks and Countermeasures

5.10 Data Protection in the Cloud

5.11 Cloud Security as a Service

5.12 Recommended Reading

5.13 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 6 Malicious Software

6.1 Types of Malicious Software

6.2 Advanced Persistent Threat

6.2 Propagation - Infected Content - Viruses

6.3 Propagation - Vulnerability Exploit - Worms

6.4 Propagation - Social Engineering - SPAM E-Mail, Trojans

6.5 Payload - System Corruption

6.6 Payload - Attack Agent - Zombie, Bots

6.7 Payload - Information Theft - Keyloggers, Phishing, Spyware

6.8 Payload - Stealthing - Backdoors, Rootkits

6.9 Countermeasures

6.10 Recommended Reading

6.11 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 7 Denial-of-Service Attacks

7.1 Denial-of-Service Attacks

7.2 Flooding Attacks

7.3 Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks

7.4 Application-Based Bandwidth Attacks

7.5 Reflector and Amplifier Attacks

7.6 Defenses Against Denial-of-Service Attacks

7.7 Responding to a Denial-of-Service Attack

7.8 Recommended Reading

7.9 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 8 Intrusion Detection

8.1 Intruders

8.2 Intrusion Detection

8.3 Analysis Approaches

8.4 Host-Based Intrusion Detection

8.5 Network-Based Intrusion Detection

8.6 Distributed or Hybrid Intrusion Detection

8.7 Intrusion Detection Exchange Format

8.8 Honeypots

8.9 Example System: Snort

8.10 Recommended Reading

8.11 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 9 Firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Systems

9.1 The Need for Firewalls

9.2 Firewall Characteristics and Access Policy

9.3 Types of Firewalls

9.4 Firewall Basing

9.5 Firewall Location and Configurations

9.6 Intrusion Prevention Systems

9.7 Example: Unified Threat Management Products

9.8 Recommended Reading

9.9 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 10 Buffer Overflow

10.1 Stack Overflows

10.2 Defending Against Buffer Overflows

10.3 Other Forms of Overflow Attacks

10.4 Recommended Reading

10.5 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 11 Software Security

11.1 Software Security Issues

11.2 Handling Program Input

11.3 Writing Safe Program Code

11.4 Interacting with the Operating System and Other Programs

11.5 Handling Program Input

11.6 Recommended Reading

11.7 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 12 Operating System Security

12.1 Introduction to Operating System Security

12.3 System Security Planning

12.3 Operating Systems Hardening

12.4 Application Security

12.5 Security Maintenance

12.6 Linux/UNIX Security

12.7 Windows Security

12.8 Virtualization Security

12.9 Recommended Reading

12.10 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 13 Trusted Computing and Multilevel Security

13.1 The Bell-LaPadula Model for Computer Security

13.2 Other Formal Models for Computer Security

13.3 The Concept of Trusted Systems

13.4 Application of Multilevel Security

13.5 Trusted Computing and the Trusted Platform Module

13.6 Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation

13.7 Assurance and Evaluation

13.8 Recommended Reading

13.9 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 14 IT Security Management and Risk Assessment

14.1 IT Security Management

14.2 Organizational Context and Security Policy

14.3 Security Risk Assessment

14.4 Detailed Security Risk Analysis

14.5 Case Study: Silver Star Mines

14.6 Recommended Reading

14.7 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 15 IT Security Controls, Plans and Procedures

15.1 IT Security Management Implementation

15.2 Security Controls or Safeguards

15.3 IT Security Plan

15.4 Implementation of Controls

15.5 Monitoring Risks

15.6 Case Study: Silver Star Mines

15.7 Recommended Reading

15.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 16 Physical and Infrastructure Security

16.1 Overview

16.2 Physical Security Threats

16.3 Physical Security Prevention and Mitigation Measures

16.4 Recovery from Physical Security Breaches

16.5 Example: A Corporate Physical Security Policy

16.6 Integration of Physical and Logical Security

16.7 Recommended Reading

16.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 17 Human Resources Security

17.1 Security Awareness, Training, and Education

17.2 Employment Practices and Policies

17.3 E-Mail and Internet Use Policies

17.4 Computer Security Incident Response Teams

17.5 Recommended Reading

17.6 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 18 Security Auditing

18.1 Security Auditing Architecture

18.2 The Security Audit Trail

18.3 Implementing the Logging Function

18.4 Audit Trail Analysis

18.5 Example: An Integrated Approach

18.6 Recommended Reading

18.7 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 19 Legal and Ethical Aspects

19.1 Cybercrime and Computer Crime

19.2 Intellectual Property

19.3 Privacy

19.4 Ethical Issues

19.5 Recommended Reading

19.6 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Appendix 19A: Information Privacy Standard of Good Practice


Chapter 20 Symmetric Encryption and Message Confidentiality

20.1 Symmetric Encryption and Message Confidentiality

20.2 Data Encryption Standard

20.3 Advanced Encryption Standard

20.4 Stream Ciphers and RC4

20.5 Cipher Block Modes of Operation

20.6 Location of Symmetric Encryption Devices

20.7 Key Distribution

20.8 Recommended Reading

20.9 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 21 Public-Key Cryptography and Message Authentication

21.1 Secure Hash Functions

21.2 HMAC

21.3 The RSA Public-Key Encryption Algorithm

21.4 Diffie-Hellman and Other Asymmetric Algorithms

21.5 Recommended Reading

21.6 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 22 Internet Security Protocols and Standards

22.1 Secure Email and S/MIME

22.2 DomainKeys Identified Mail

22.3 Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS)

22.4 HTTPS

22.5 IPv4 and IPv6 Security

22.6 Recommended Reading

22.7 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 23 Internet Authentication Applications

23.1 Kerberos

23.2 X.509

23.3 Public-Key Infrastructure

23.4 Federated Identity Management

23.5 Recommended Reading

23.6 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 24 Wireless Network Security

24.1 Wireless Security Overview

24.2 Mobile Device Security

24.3 IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Overview

24.4 IEEE 802.11i Wireless LAN Security

24.5 Recommended Reading

24.6 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Appendix A Projects and Other Student Exercises for Teaching Computer Security

A.1 Hacking Project

A.2 Laboratory Exercises

A.3 Security Education (SEED) Projects

A.4 Research Projects

A.5 Programming Projects

A.6 Practical Security Assessments

A.7 Firewall Projects

A.8 Case Studies

A.9 Reading/Report Assignments

A.10 Writing Assignments

A.11 Webcasts for Teaching Computer Security





Online chapters, appendices, and other documents are Premium Content, available via the access card printed in the front of the book.

Chapter 25 Linux Security

25.1 Introduction

25.2 Linux's Security Model

25.3 The Linux DAC in Depth: Filesystem Security

25.4 Linux Vulnerabilities

25.5 Linux System Hardening

25.6 Application Security

25.7 Mandatory Access Controls

25.8 Recommended Reading

25.9 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 26 Windows and Windows Vista Security

26.1 Windows Security Architecture

26.2 Windows Vulnerabilities

26.3 Windows Security Defenses

26.4 Browser Defenses

26.5 Cryptographic Services

26.6 Common Criteria

26.7 Recommended Reading

26.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, Problems, and Projects

Appendix B Some Aspects of Number Theory

Appendix C Standards and Standard-Setting Organizations

Appendix D Random and Pseudorandom Number Generation

Appendix E Message Authentication Codes Based on Block Ciphers

Appendix F TCP/IP Protocol Architecture

Appendix G Radix-64 Conversion

Appendix H Security Policy-Related Documents

Appendix I The Domain Name System

Appendix J The Base-Rate Fallacy

Appendix K SHA-3

Appendix L Glossary
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About William Stallings

Dr. William Stallings has authored 17 titles, and counting revised editions, over 40 books on computer security, computer networking, and computer architecture. In over 20 years in the field, he has been a technical contributor, technical manager, and an executive with several high-technology firms. Currently he is an independent consultant whose clients include computer and networking manufacturers and customers, software development firms, and leading-edge government research institutions. He has nine times received the award for the best Computer Science textbook of the year from the Text and Academic Authors Association.

He created and maintains the Computer Science Student Resource Site at This site provides documents and links on a variety of subjects of general interest to computer science students (and professionals). He is a member of the editorial board of Cryptologia , a scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of cryptology.

Dr. Lawrie Brown is a senior lecturer in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA) in Canberra, Australia. His professional interests include cryptography, communications and computer systems security, and most recently, the design of safe mobile code environments using the functional language Erlang. He has previously worked on the design and implementation of private key block ciphers, in particular the LOKI family of encryption algorithms. He currently teaches courses in computer security, cryptography, data communications and java programming, and conducts workshops in security risk assessment and firewall design.
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