0.0 Introduction to Security
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Security is a Matter of Balancing Technical, Physical and People Issues
The first point in this bullet is balance. Balance is a reference to both the degree to which you invoke a solution on one of the three points, and balancing the points of physical, technical and personal against themselves.
A strong caution is offered here and now. This book was written to provide you the data to pass the CompTIA Security+ as well as give you data to be successful in the real world. CompTIA is short for Computer Technology Industry Association. This makes a reasonable assumption that Security+ as a test focuses on the technical portion in what we refer to as the Triangle of Security (which it does some policy level knowledge is tested, but thats in the minority). This means we have gone beyond the Security+ test and given you a map to succeed and excel in the real world. When you pass Security+, you have our pat on the back, but that does not make you a security guru.
Another group has put a fair amount of effort into security, whose focus is not just on the technical side.
This group is called the (ISC)2, or International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc.11, and they offer the CISSP, or Certified Information Systems Security Professional, certification. This is a higher-level certification that requires several years of documented field experience as part of the certification process. The core of the CISSP philosophy is Planning Policies, Procedures and People. As a Security+ professional you may be reporting to a CISSP. Keep in mind they have more experience and training on the actual implementation for what your authors have called the Triangle of Security. You may be a specialist in technicality, and that is wonderful, but a specialist in the U.S. Army is called a specialist too, and that does not make his title commanding officer. Remember your role on the team, and dont be too smug with your new certification. This human thought brings us to the next bullet point.
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