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Computer Security Literacy

Staying Safe In A Digital World

By Douglas Jacobson

Computer users have a significant impact on the security of their computer and personal information as a result of the actions they perform (or do not perform). Helping the average user of computers, or more broadly information technology, make sound security decisions, Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World focuses on practical security topics that users are likely to encounter on a regular basis.

Written for nontechnical readers, the book provides context to routine computing tasks so that readers better understand the function and impact of security in everyday life. The authors offer practical computer security knowledge on a range of topics, including social engineering, email, and online shopping, and present best practices pertaining to passwords, wireless networks, and suspicious emails. They also explain how security mechanisms, such as antivirus software and firewalls, protect against the threats of hackers and malware.

While information technology has become interwoven into almost every aspect of daily life, many computer users do not have practical computer security knowledge. This hands-on, in-depth guide helps anyone interested in information technology to better understand the practical aspects of computer security and successfully navigate the dangers of the digital world.

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  • 005.8 Jac, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2013

ISBN

1439856184


Format: Book
Author: Jacobson, Douglas
Summary: "Preface Approach Traditional computer security books educate readers about a multitude of topics, ranging from secure programming practices, protocols, and algorithm designs to cryptography and ethics. These books typically focus on the implementation or theory of security controls and mechanisms at the application, operating system, network, and physical layers. Breaking this traditional model, "Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World" instead seeks to educate the reader at the userlayer and focuses on practical topics that one is likely to encounter on a regular basis. It has long been recognized that the user is in fact the weakest link in the security chain. So why not effect change by providing practical and relevant education for the normal user of information technology? As it turns out, we, the user, often have the greatest impact in the security of our computer and information as a result of the actions that we do or do not perform. This text provides practical security education to give the reader context to make sound security decisions. The outcomes of this book are as follows. The reader will be able to: - Define computer security terms and mechanisms - Describe fundamental security concepts - State computer security best practices - Describe the strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of security mechanisms and concepts - Give examples of common security threats, threat sources, and threat motivations - Explain their role in protecting their own computing environment and personal and confidential information - Discuss current event topics and read security articles in the popular press - Assess computing actions in the context of securit"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Computer security literacy : staying safe in a digital world / Douglas Jacobson and Joseph Idziorek.
Publisher Date: Boca Raton : CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group, [2013]
Subject: Computer security COMPUTERS / Security / General. COMPUTERS / Security / Cryptography.
Isbn: 1439856184 9781439856185
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Format: Book
Author: Jacobson, Douglas.
Summary: "Preface Approach Traditional computer security books educate readers about a multitude of topics, ranging from secure programming practices, protocols, and algorithm designs to cryptography and ethics. These books typically focus on the implementation or theory of security controls and mechanisms at the application, operating system, network, and physical layers. Breaking this traditional model, "Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World" instead seeks to educate the reader at the userlayer and focuses on practical topics that one is likely to encounter on a regular basis. It has long been recognized that the user is in fact the weakest link in the security chain. So why not effect change by providing practical and relevant education for the normal user of information technology? As it turns out, we, the user, often have the greatest impact in the security of our computer and information as a result of the actions that we do or do not perform. This text provides practical security education to give the reader context to make sound security decisions. The outcomes of this book are as follows. The reader will be able to: - Define computer security terms and mechanisms - Describe fundamental security concepts - State computer security best practices - Describe the strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of security mechanisms and concepts - Give examples of common security threats, threat sources, and threat motivations - Explain their role in protecting their own computing environment and personal and confidential information - Discuss current event topics and read security articles in the popular press - Assess computing actions in the context of securit"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Computer security literacy : staying safe in a digital world / Douglas Jacobson and Joseph Idziorek.
Publisher, Date: Boca Raton : CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group, [2013]
Description: xxiii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Computer security
Subjects: COMPUTERS / Security / General.
Subjects: COMPUTERS / Security / Cryptography.
Other Author: Idziorek, Joseph.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
LCCN: 2012028121
ISBN: 1439856184
ISBN: 9781439856185
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Call Number: 005.8 Jac