Security Essentials", Russell Dean Vines, 2002,
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%T "Wireless Security Essentials"
introduction asserts, as a statement on the rapid pace
technological innovation, that wireless security may
between the writing and the publication of the book.
It may be an
interesting comment on security that the book is still
that wireless security is unchanged in the two years
since the book's
completion. It may also be a measure of the good job
that Vines did
on his subject.
one deals with the foundational aspects of the technology.
Chapter one covers computing technology, with a basic
but brief look
at computer architecture and some network architecture
protocols). Both wireless LAN and cellular telephone
but the LAN material predominates. Wireless theory, including
communication and transmission protocols, is examined
in chapter two.
The explanations are good: Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum
Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) are much better
than in other
related works, although the text could still use some
details such as DSSS chipping and the mapping of bits
to the frequency
signals. Wireless reality, in chapter three, is an odd
mix of the
security portions of wireless LAN protocols (except for
which has a number of functions explained in detail),
Data Association (IrDA), wireless operating systems and
two covers security essentials. Chapter four outlines
concepts and methodologies in a well-chosen (with the
of cryptography) but not well-structured list. (Given
participation in "The CISSP Prep Guide" [cf.
BKCISPPG.RVW] this is not
surprising.) According to chapter five, security technology
encompasses cryptographic aspects of wireless LAN protocols.
a very comprehensive examination of a broad range of
wireless devices (Personal Digital Assistant [PDA] viruses,
example) and transmissions (there is an extremely detailed
WEP weaknesses, backed up by even more details in appendices
B and C),
as well as recommended countermeasures, in chapter six.
not perfect, this book is an extremely useful guide
security issues surrounding the use of wireless devices.
various books reviewed on the topic of wireless LANs
and security, it
is the best work seen to date.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKWLSCES.RVW 20031018