Friday, January 19, 2007

4th Edition, Security in Computing

I happened to see a copy of the 4th edition of Security in Computing on colleague's desk this week and was amazed at how much it had changed from the third edition. The new edition of this classic came out in October and is available from Amazon.

The cover has the identical graphics but is now green instead of maroon but the contents are completely different. Charles and Shari Lawrence Pfleeger have re-written the book from scratch.

They've expanded it from 746 to 880 pages and added all kinds of up-to-date topics not in the third edition:

  • Phishing
  • Wireless Security
  • RFID
  • Risk Analysis
It also looks a lot more readable and down-to-earth. The third edition was excellent but was sometimes hard to wade through.

I picked up the third edition from Computer Books Direct, a computer book club. It was listed as one of their bestsellers three years ago when I bought it.

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