Best Reference Books – Information and Network Security

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Information and Network Security subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Information and Network Security along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Information and Network Security subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Information and Network Security" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Information and Network Security for GTU” by V S Bagad I A Dhotre
2. “Network Security, Firewalls And Vpns” by J Michael Stewart

“Network Security, Firewalls And Vpns” Book Review: This book provides a comprehensive explanation of network security basics, including how hackers access online networks and the use of Firewalls and VPNs to provide security countermeasures. It incorporates hands-on activities to prepare the reader to disarm threats and prepare for emerging technologies and future attacks. It Introduces the basics of network security as well as the details of firewall security and how VPNs operate. It also Discusses firewall configuration and deployment and managing firewall security. The book delivers fundamental information-security principles packed with real-world applications and examples. It covers the treatment of the most current thinking and trends in this critical subject area.

3. “Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World” by Charlie Kaufman and Radia Perlman

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“Network Security Private Communication in a Public World” Book Review: The book illuminates all facets of information security. It covers basics as well as advanced cryptography and authentication. The book provides information far beyond documenting standards and technology. It also explains strengths and weaknesses and identifies the crucial errors most likely to compromise secure systems. The book highlights Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), IPsec, SSL, X.509 and related PKI standards and Web security. It also features topics such as Authentication of People, Security Handshake Pitfalls and Strong Password Protocols.

4. “Information Storage and Management” by Emc Education Services

“Information Storage and Management” Book Review: The book is designed for IT professionals who want to get up-to-speed with expert literature w/o taking the course from EMC or prepare for the EMC storage technologist certification as well as Students in EMC’s Storage Technologist training course. It focuses on concepts and principles rather than product specifics that can be applied in all IT environments. The book covers the components of a storage system and the different storage system models. It also features essential new material that explores the advances in existing technologies and the emergence of the “Cloud” as well as updates and vital information on new technologies.

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5. “Understanding Cryptography: A Textbook for Students and Practitioners” by Christof Paar and Jan Pelzl

“Understanding Cryptography A Textbook for Students and Practitioners” Book Review: This is a suitable textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses and also for self-study by engineers. It explains the main techniques in modern cryptography. It includes chapters addressing stream ciphers, the Data Encryption Standard (DES) and 3DES, the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), block ciphers, the RSA cryptosystem, public-key cryptosystems based on the discrete logarithm problem, elliptic-curve cryptography (ECC), digital signatures, hash functions. The book also features recent topics such as lightweight ciphers for RFIDs and mobile devices and current key-length recommendations. It contains examples, problems and chapter reviews for the readers to understand the topic.

6. “Information Security: Principles and Practices” by Mark S Merkow and Jim Breithaupt

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“Information Security Principles and Practices” Book Review: The book explains all facets of information security in all 10 domains of the latest Information Security Common Body of Knowledge [(ISC)² CBK]. It offers easy-to-understand, practical coverage of topics ranging from security management and physical security to cryptography and application development security. It helps readers to Recognize the evolving role of IT security and Identify the best new opportunities in the field. The book highlights Architect and design systems to maximize security as well as plans for business continuity. It defines more effective security policies and standards. Case studies, review questions, and exercises are designed to reveal today’s real-world IT security challenges and help the readers overcome them.

7. “Network Security Attacks and Countermeasures (Advances in Information Security, Privacy, and Ethics)” by G Dileep Kumar and Manoj Kumar Singh

“Network Security Attacks and Countermeasures (Advances in Information Security, Privacy, and Ethics)” Book Review: The book discusses the security and optimization of computer networks for use in a variety of disciplines and fields. It covers chapters such as mobile and VPN security, IP spoofing, and intrusion detection. The book also includes explanation to mobile and VPN security, IP spoofing, and intrusion detection. It also features DDoS Attacks and Their Types along with Cluster-Based Countermeasures for DDoS Attacks. The book provides an overview on Changing Dynamics of Network Security Involving Hacking/Cracking with Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW).

8. “Information Warfare and Security (ACM Press)” by Dorothy E Denning

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“Information Warfare and Security (ACM Press)” Book Review: This book provides a comprehensive and detailed look at information warfare computer crime, cybercrime, and information terrorism. It describes attacks on information systems through theft, deception, or sabotage, and demonstrates the countermeasures being mounted to defeat these threats. It Focuses on the criminals and information terrorists whose depredations include information-based threats to nations, corporations, and individuals. The book also addresses defensive information warfare, specifically, information security principles and practices. It features coverage that is both broad and deep, illustrating cyberspace threats with real-world examples. The book also includes topics such as government use of information warfare for law enforcement investigations and for military and intelligence operations.

9. “Fundamentals Of Information Systems Security” by David Kim and Michael G Solomon

“Fundamentals Of Information Systems Security” Book Review: The book provides essential concepts readers must know as they pursue careers in information systems security. It discusses new risks, threats, and vulnerabilities associated with the transition to a digital world. It presents a high level overview of the Security+ Exam and provides students with information as they move toward this certification. The book contains information on information security standards, education, professional certifications, and compliance laws. It includes coverage on recent compliance law and standards updates, including FISMA, NIST SP800-171, and PCI DSS v3.2. It also Introduces readers to the recent “Internet of Things” risk threats and privacy issues. It features advanced malware and APT attacks to the end points such as ransomware and crypto locker as well.

10. “Information Security: A Complete Guide to IT Security” by Rajat Khare

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“Information Security A Complete Guide to IT Security” Book Review: This book serves as a complete reference for Information Security including IT Security, Data Security. The book is written in a simplified manner so that even a beginner in security understands and implements Information Security both at a personal as well as a corporate level. It also highlights Network Security, Internet Security as well as Penetration Testing. It gives a detailed description of Cryptography and laws governing the industry.

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