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About the Book

Current developments and topics in computer and network security

  • Capture the most recent changes in the field while maintaining a broad and comprehensive coverage of the entire field.
  • The content in the book is unified by four basic themes.
    • Principles: Although the scope of this book is broad, there are a number of basic principles that appear repeatedly as themes and that unify this field, for example, authentication and access control. The book highlights these principles and examines their application in specific areas of computer security.
    • Design approaches: The book examines alternative approaches to meeting specific computer security requirements.
    • Standards: Standards have come to assume an increasingly important, indeed dominant, role in this field. An understanding of the current status and future direction of technology requires a comprehensive discussion of the related standards.
    • Real-world examples: A number of chapters include a section that shows the practical application of that chapter’s principles in a real-world environment.

Engaging features that enhance learning

  • Hands-on projects reinforce concepts from the textbook
    • Hacking exercises: Two projects that enable students to gain an understanding of the issues in intrusion detection and prevention.
    • Laboratory exercises: A series of projects that involve programming and experimenting with concepts from the book.
    • Security education (SEED) projects: The SEED projects are a set of hands-on exercises, or labs, covering a wide range of security topics.
    • Research projects: A series of research assignments that instruct the student to research a particular topic on the Internet and write a report.
    • Programming projects: A series of programming projects that cover a broad range of topics and that can be implemented in any suitable language on any platform.
    • Practical security assessments: A set of exercises to examine current infrastructure and practices of an existing organization.
    • Firewall projects: A portable network firewall visualization simulator is provided, together with exercises for teaching the fundamentals of firewalls.
    • Case studies: A set of real-world case studies, including learning objectives, case description, and a series of case discussion questions.
    • Reading/report assignments: A list of papers that can be assigned for reading and writing a report, plus suggested assignment wording.
    • Writing assignments: A list of writing assignments to facilitate learning the material.
    • Webcasts for teaching computer security: A catalog of webcast sites that can be used to enhance the course. An effective way of using this catalog is to select, or allow the student to select, one or a few videos to watch, and then to write a report/analysis of the video.
  • Case studies and examples provides real-world context to the text material.
  • Numerous homework problems cover a wide range of difficulty along with numerous review questions. An Instructor's Manual contains solutions to all problems and questions.
  • Extensive use of figures and tables clarify concepts.
  • List of key words, recommended reading list, and recommended Web sites at the end of each chapter.
  • List of acronyms on back endpaper.
  • Companion website at www.pearsonhighered.com/stallings
    • Online chapters: To limit the size and cost of the book, some chapters of the book are provided in PDF format.
    • Online appendices: There are numerous interesting topics that support material found in the text but whose inclusion is not warranted in the printed text. The online appendices cover these topics for the interested student.
    • Homework problems and solutions: To aid the student in understanding the material, a separate set of homework problems with solutions is available.


  • Copyright 2018
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 800
  • Edition: 4th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-479410-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-479410-5

For courses in computer/network security

Balancing principle and practice–an updated survey of the fast-moving world of computer and network security

Computer Security: Principles and Practice, 4th Edition, is ideal for courses in Computer/Network Security. The need for education in computer security and related topics continues to grow at a dramatic rate–and is essential for anyone studying Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Written for both an academic and professional audience, the 4th Edition continues to set the standard for computer security with a balanced presentation of principles and practice. The new edition captures the most up-to-date innovations and improvements while maintaining broad and comprehensive coverage of the entire field. The extensive offering of projects provides hands-on experience to reinforce concepts from the text. The range of supplemental online resources for instructors provides additional teaching support for this fast-moving subject.

The new edition covers all security topics considered Core in the ACM/IEEE Computer Science Curricula 2013, as well as subject areas for CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification. This textbook can be used to prep for CISSP Certification and is often referred to as the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to information security certification. The text provides in-depth coverage of Computer Security, Technology and Principles, Software Security, Management Issues, Cryptographic Algorithms, Internet Security and more.

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Table of Contents

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About the Authors

Chapter 1     Overview

     1.1      Computer Security Concepts

     1.2      Threats, Attacks, and Assets

     1.3      Security Functional Requirements

     1.4      Fundamental Security Design Principles

     1.5      Attack Surfaces and Attack Trees

     1.6      Computer Security Strategy

     1.7      Standards

     1.8      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 2     Cryptographic Tools

     2.1      Confidentiality with Symmetric Encryption

     2.2      Message Authentication and Hash Functions

     2.3      Public-Key Encryption

     2.4      Digital Signatures and Key Management

     2.5      Random and Pseudorandom Numbers

     2.6      Practical Application: Encryption of Stored Data

     2.7      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 3     User Authentication

     3.1      Digital User Authentication Principles

     3.2      Password-Based Authentication

     3.3      Token-Based Authentication

     3.4      Biometric Authentication

     3.5      Remote User Authentication

     3.6      Security Issues for User Authentication

     3.7      Practical Application: An Iris Biometric System

     3.8      Case Study: Security Problems for ATM Systems

     3.9      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 4     Access Control

     4.1      Access Control Principles

     4.2      Subjects, Objects, and Access Rights

     4.3      Discretionary Access Control

     4.4      Example: UNIX File Access Control

     4.5      Role-Based Access Control

     4.6      Attribute-Based Access Control

     4.7      Identity, Credential, and Access Management

     4.8      Trust Frameworks

     4.9      Case Study: RBAC System for a Bank

     4.10      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 5     Database and Data Center Security

     5.1      The Need for Database Security

     5.2      Database Management Systems

     5.3      Relational Databases

     5.4      SQL Injection Attacks

     5.5      Database Access Control

     5.6      Inference

     5.7      Database Encryption

     5.8      Data Center Security

     5.9      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 6     Malicious Software

     6.1      Types of Malicious Software

     6.2      Advanced Persistent Threat

     6.2      Propagation — Infected Content - Viruses

     6.3      Propagation — Vulnerability Exploit - Worms

     6.4      Propagation — Social Engineering — SPAM E-Mail, Trojans

     6.5      Payload — System Corruption

     6.6      Payload — Attack Agent — Zombie, Bots

     6.7      Payload — Information Theft — Keyloggers, Phishing, Spyware

     6.8      Payload — Stealthing — Backdoors, Rootkits

     6.9      Countermeasures

     6.10      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 7     Denial-of-Service Attacks

     7.1      Denial-of-Service Attacks

     7.2      Flooding Attacks

     7.3      Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks

     7.4      Application-Based Bandwidth Attacks

     7.5      Reflector and Amplifier Attacks

     7.6      Defenses Against Denial-of-Service Attacks

     7.7      Responding to a Denial-of-Service Attack

     7.8      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 8     Intrusion Detection

     8.1      Intruders

     8.2      Intrusion Detection

     8.3      Analysis Approaches

     8.4      Host-Based Intrusion Detection

     8.5      Network-Based Intrusion Detection

     8.6      Distributed or Hybrid Intrusion Detection

     8.7      Intrusion Detection Exchange Format

     8.8      Honeypots

     8.9      Example System: Snort

     8.10      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 9     Firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Systems

     9.1      The Need for Firewalls

     9.2      Firewall Characteristics and Access Policy

     9.3      Types of Firewalls

     9.4      Firewall Basing

     9.5      Firewall Location and Configurations

     9.6      Intrusion Prevention Systems

     9.7      Example: Unified Threat Management Products

     9.8      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 10     Buffer Overflow

     10.1      Stack Overflows

     10.2      Defending Against Buffer Overflows

     10.3      Other Forms of Overflow Attacks

     10.4      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 11     Software Security

     11.1      Software Security Issues

     11.2      Handling Program Input

     11.3      Writing Safe Program Code

     11.4      Interacting with the Operating System and Other Programs

     11.5      Handling Program Input

     11.6      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 12     Operating System Security

     12.1      Introduction to Operating System Security

     12.3      System Security Planning

     12.3      Operating Systems Hardening

     12.4      Application Security

     12.5      Security Maintenance

     12.6      Linux/UNIX Security

     12.7      Windows Security

     12.8      Virtualization Security

     12.9      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 13     Cloud and IoT Security

     13.1 Cloud Computing

     13.2 Cloud Security Concepts
     13.3 Cloud Security Approaches
     13.4 The Internet of Things
     13.5 IoT Security

     13.6 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 14     IT Security Management and Risk Assessment

     14.1      IT Security Management

     14.2      Organizational Context and Security Policy

     14.3      Security Risk Assessment

     14.4      Detailed Security Risk Analysis

     14.5      Case Study: Silver Star Mines

     14.6      Recommended Reading

     14.7      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 15     IT Security Controls, Plans and Procedures

     15.1      IT Security Management Implementation

     15.2      Security Controls or Safeguards

     15.3      IT Security Plan

     15.4      Implementation of Controls

     15.5      Monitoring Risks

     15.6      Case Study: Silver Star Mines

     15.7      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 16     Physical and Infrastructure Security

     16.1      Overview

     16.2      Physical Security Threats

     16.3      Physical Security Prevention and Mitigation Measures

     16.4      Recovery from Physical Security Breaches

     16.5      Example: A Corporate Physical Security Policy

     16.6      Integration of Physical and Logical Security

     16.7      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 17     Human Resources Security

     17.1      Security Awareness, Training, and Education

     17.2      Employment Practices and Policies

     17.3      E-Mail and Internet Use Policies

     17.4      Computer Security Incident Response Teams

     17.5      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 18     Security Auditing

     18.1      Security Auditing Architecture

     18.2      The Security Audit Trail

     18.3      Implementing the Logging Function

     18.4      Audit Trail Analysis

     18.5      Security Information and Event Management

     18.6      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 19     Legal and Ethical Aspects

     19.1      Cybercrime and Computer Crime

     19.2      Intellectual Property

     19.3      Privacy

     19.4      Ethical Issues

     19.5      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

     Appendix 19A: Information Privacy Standard of Good Practice


Chapter 20     Symmetric Encryption and Message Confidentiality

     20.1      Symmetric Encryption and Message Confidentiality

     20.2      Data Encryption Standard

     20.3      Advanced Encryption Standard

     20.4      Stream Ciphers and RC4

     20.5      Cipher Block Modes of Operation

     20.6      Key Distribution

     20.8      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 21     Public-Key Cryptography and Message Authentication

     21.1      Secure Hash Functions

     21.2      HMAC

     21.3      Authenticated Encryption

     21.4 The RSA Public-Key Encryption Algorithm

     21.5 Diffie-Hellman and Other Asymmetric Algorithms

     21.6      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 22     Internet Security Protocols and Standards

     22.1      Secure Email and S/MIME

     22.2      DomainKeys Identified Mail

     22.3      Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS)

     22.4      HTTPS

     22.5      IPv4 and IPv6 Security

     22.6      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 23     Internet Authentication Applications

     23.1      Kerberos

     23.2      X.509

     23.3      Public-Key Infrastructure

     23.4      Federated Identity Management

     23.5      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 24     Wireless Network Security

     24.1      Wireless Security Overview

     24.2      Mobile Device Security

     24.3      IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Overview

     24.4      IEEE 802.11i Wireless LAN Security

     24.5      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Appendix  A  Projects and Other Student Exercises for Teaching Computer Security

     A.1      Hacking Project

     A.2      Laboratory Exercises

     A.3      Security Education (SEED) Projects

     A.4      Research Projects

     A.5      Programming Projects

     A.6      Practical Security Assessments

     A.7      Firewall Projects

     A.8      Case Studies

     A.9      Reading/Report Assignments

     A.10    Writing Assignments

     A.11    Webcasts for Teaching Computer Security






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Chapter 25     Linux Security

     25.1      Introduction

     25.2      Linux's Security Model

     25.3      The Linux DAC in Depth: Filesystem Security

     25.4      Linux Vulnerabilities

     25.5      Linux System Hardening

     25.6      Application Security

     25.7      Mandatory Access Controls

     25.8      Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 26     Windows and Windows Vista Security

     26.1      Windows Security Architecture

     26.2      Windows Vulnerabilities

     26.3      Windows Security Defenses

     26.4      Browser Defenses

     26.5      Cryptographic Services

     26.6      Common Criteria

     26.7      Key Terms, Review Questions, Problems, and Projects

Appendix B Some Aspects of Number Theory

Appendix C Standards and Standard-Setting Organizations

Appendix D Random and Pseudorandom Number Generation

Appendix E Message Authentication Codes Based on Block Ciphers

Appendix F TCP/IP Protocol Architecture

Appendix G Radix-64 Conversion

Appendix H The Domain Name System

Appendix I The Base-Rate Fallacy

Appendix J SHA-3

Appendix K Glossary


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