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The Security+ certification is CompTIA's answer to the market's need for a baseline, vendor-neutral security certification. The IT industry recognizes there is a need to better train, staff, and empower those tasked with designing and implementing information security, and Security+ is an effort to meet this demand. Security+ will become the baseline certification for Microsoft's new security certification initiative (to be announced in 2003). This book is not intended to teach new material. Instead it assumes that you have a solid foundation of knowledge but can use a refresher on important concepts as well as a guide to exam topics and objectives. This book focuses exactly on what you need to pass the exam - it features test-taking strategies, time-saving study tips, and a special Cram Sheet that includes tips, acronyms, and memory joggers not available anywhere else. The series is supported online at several Web sites:,, and

The accompanying CD features PrepLogic™ Practice Tests, Preview Edition. This product includes one complete PrepLogic Practice Test with approximately the same number of questions found on the actual vendor exam. Each question contains full, detailed explanations of the correct and incorrect answers. The engine offers two study modes, Practice Test and Flash Review, full exam customization, and a detailed score report.


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CompTIA Certification Exams
General Security Practices
Nonessential Services and Attacks
Communication Security
Online Vulnerabilities
Infrastructure Security
Intrusion Detection and Security Baselines
Basics of Cryptography
Sample Test 1
Answer Key to Sample Test 1
Sample Test 2
Answer Key to Sample Test 2
List of Resources
List of Products and Vendors
Whats on the CDROM
Using the PrepLogic Practice Tests Preview Edition Software

Deploying Cryptography
Organizational Security
Privilege Management Forensics Risk Identification Education and Documentation

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Kirk Hausman has been an IT professional for more than 20 years in the roles of consultant, trainer, programmer, database administrator, IT manager, and network administrator. He is currently working as a Computer Systems Manager and Lead Security Analyst for Texas A&M University, where he is active in many university-wide ERP planning committees and multidepartmental database-development efforts. He also is employed as the North American Online Manager for Fujitsu/ICL's online training division, KnowledgePool, Inc. Kirk has his Security+ certification, among others.

Diane Barrett is an instructor and technical reviewer. Currently, she instructs at Education America, where she has spent the last two years teaching in the Computer Networking program. She is also the president of NextGard Technology L.L.C., which specializes in security-awareness training and consulting. She is a member of InfraGard, the Sonoran Desert Users Security Group, HTCIA, and ISSA. Diane has done technical editing for the Coriolis Group and was a member of Transcender's technical evaluation program until it ceased in the spring of 2002. She had recently received her degree in Business Information Systems and is continually learning and advancing her education. She currently holds the following certifications: MSCE in Windows NT and 2000, CCNA, CompTIA A+, Net+, i-Net+, and Security+. You can reach Diane at

Martin Weiss is an Information Security Specialist with a large employee-benefits company. His other writings include i-Net+ Exam Cram and books on A+ certification and Windows 2000 Server. He currently holds the following certifications: CISSP, Security+, A+, i-Net+, Network+, MCSE, MCP+I, CCNA, and CNA. Martin lives in New England and enjoys snowboarding, candlelight dinners, and long walks on the beach. He currently attends graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He can be reached via email at

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