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Intrusion Prevention Fundamentals: An Introduction to Network Attack Mitigation with IPS

By Ross Johnson, CPP

*****Intrusion Prevention Fundamentals: An Introduction to Network Attack Mitigation with IPS. By Earl Carter and Jonathon Hogue; published by Cisco Press, www.ciscopress.com (Web), 287 pages; $50.

Intended as an “in-depth technical book” for sophisticated readers, Intrusion Prevention Fundamentals generally fulfills this role, but readers should note that it is published by Cisco and generally focuses on that company’s products.

As is often the case with a technical book, the language is dense and jargon-ridden. The depth of the material wavers; some parts are simple to understand, while others are impenetrably Byzantine. The writing is spare, suggestive of bullet points in PowerPoint presentations.

The principal benefit of the book might be its good organization. Intrusion prevention is introduced in the first part, followed by an explanation of the two levels of intrusion prevention in Part Two. The final part of the book is devoted to sample deployment solutions. An appendix lists suggested questions to ask when one is looking to purchase intrusion prevention products. A glossary and index round out the work.

This book should find a home in IT security departments that use Cisco products. For everyone else, including security generalists, better books are available.


Reviewer: Ross Johnson, CPP, is the corporate security manager for EPCOR in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is a member of the ASIS International Oil, Gas, and Chemical Industry Security Council.

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