The success of a learning endeavor rests on several factors, including the complexity of the material
and the level of direct involvement on the part of the student. It takes more than passive attendance at
a lecture to learn most complex subjects. To truly learn and understand all of the elements of a complex
issue requires exploration that comes from more intimate involvement with the material.
Computer security is a complex subject with many composite domains, overlapping principles, and
highly specific, detailed technical aspects. Developing skilled professionals in computer security requires
that several components be addressed, namely technical and principle-based knowledge, coupled with
practical experience using that knowledge in operational situations. This book is designed to assist in
simulating the practical experience portion of the knowledge base of computer security.
This book is not a standalone reference designed to cover all aspects of computer security. It is
designed to act together with a principles-based text, such as McGraw-Hill’s Principles of Computer Security:
CompTIA Security+™ and Beyond, Second Edition. Together in a well-balanced curriculum they provide a foundation
for understanding basic computer security concepts and skills.