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If you find yourself with some downtime, and you're a self-motivated and enthusiastic networking professional constantly

learning about our industry -- we've got a treat for you. We asked some of our site experts what they're reading and these are their selections. We've got something for everyone, so check it out.

Books recommended by Loki Jorgenson, Ph. D., Research Director, jaalaM
Title: Designing Routing and Switching Architectures for Enterprise Networks
Author: Howard C. Berkowitz
Publisher: Que; 1st edition (November 15, 1999)
Hardcover: 964 pages
ISBN: 1578700604
Part of a technical series called "Network Architecture and Development Series" by Macmillan Technical Publications.
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Title: Linked: The New Science of Networks
Author: Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
Publisher: Perseus Publishing; 1st edition (May 14, 2002)
Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN: 0738206679
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Title: The Rise of the Middle and the Future of the End-to-End: Reflections on the Evolution of the Internet Architecture
Authors: James Kempf and Rob Austein
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Books recommended by Joel Johnson, Director of Internal Networks, TechTarget
Title: Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box
Authors: Ryan Russell, Ido Dubrawsky, FX
Publisher: Syngress; (June 2003)
Paperback: 330 pages
ISBN: 1931836876
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Books recommended by Cliff Hobbs, Creator, FAQShop.com
Title: Network Monitoring and Analysis
Author: Ed Wilson
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; Book and CD-ROM edition (February 15, 2000)
Paperback: 359 pages
ISBN: 0130264954
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Title: Admin911: SMS
Author: Rod Trent
Publisher: Osborne McGraw-Hill (October 2000)
Paperback: 400 pages
ISBN: 0072130229
My review:
If you want a book that gives you immediate solutions to real-world SMS problems then this is the one for you.
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Title: The Start to Finish Guide to Scripting With KiXtart
Author: Bob Kelly
Publisher: NetImpress Publishing (July 2003)
Paperback: Electronic Download

My review:
Just released, this book is the first and only book available on KiXtart. Written by Bob Kelly (the founder of AppDeploy.com), and technically editied by Mr. KiXtart himself (Ruud van Velson), this book is one KiXtart users have been crying out for.
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Books recommended by Ed Tittel, President, LANWrights
Here's my current top 5, along with pointers to a 2-part series I wrote about a more complete information security bookshelf for InformIT.com (50-plus titles, in fact; last updated early in 2003). But be warned that there are hundreds, if not thousands of titles in this area, and you don't necessarily have to read these particular titles to get started down the information security trail. That said, none of these books will waste your time or money!

Title: Secrets & Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World
Author: Bruce Schneier
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition
Hardcover: 432 pages
ISBN: 0471253111.
The best conceptual and philosophical introduction to and discussion of key information security topics, concepts, and technologies around. Schneier is cogent, topical, and easy to understand; he's also very often both disturbing and very funny.
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Title: Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker
Authors: William R. Cheswick, Steven M. Bellovin, and Aviel D. Rubin
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional; 2nd edition (February 24, 2003)
Paperback: 464 pages
ISBN: 020163466X
A venerable classic of the infosec field, a brand-new edition updates its original outstanding coverage of security principles and practices, attacks and how to foil them, and the key roles that boundary devices of all kinds play in establishing and maintaining perimeter security for organizations large and small.
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Title: Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World
Authors: Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman, and Mike Speciner
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 2nd edition (April 15, 2002)
Hardcover: 752 pages
ISBN: 0130460192
A great introductory textbook on information security, written by a stellar team of experts. This book includes enough code and math to scare the techically challenged, but to please those with the background and stick-to-itiveness necessary to master key details of information security tools and technology.
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Title: Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions
Authors: Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, and George Kurtz
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 4th edition
ISBN: 0072227427
Of the many books on how networks get attacked and what tools hackers use to scan, probe, and attack networks, this one is my personal favorite. Well-researched, well-written, and chock-full of timely, useful information for IT professionals looking for hands-on, step-by-step information on attacks and how they may be foiled. (Tip: buy an older edition and get most of the good information for a lower price! The 2001 3e is nearly as good as the 2003 4e.)
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Title: Computer Forensics: Incident Response Essentials
Author: Warren G. Kruse and Jay Heiser
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co; 1st edition (September 26, 2001)
ISBN: 0201707195
This book describes a systematic approach to implementing incident responses, and focuses on intruder detection, analysis of compromises or damages, and identification of culprits. It emphasizes how to prepare the "paper trail" necessary for successful prosecution and also explores the principles involved in formulating incident response teams, strategies, security improvements, and more.
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Here's a 2-part series I wrote entitled "The Computer Security Bookshelf":
1. Visit www.informit.com
2. Type "Tittel Security Bookshelf" into the search window,
select "Articles" as the target in the target list to the right.
3. Follow the links to parts 1 and part 2 of that story!
--Ed--

Books recommended by Lisa Phifer, Vice President, Core Competence, Inc.
Title: Real 802.11 Security: Wi-Fi Protected Access and 802.11i
Authors: Jon Edney and William A. Arbaugh
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional; 1st edition (July 18, 2003)
Paperback: 480 pp.
ISBN: 0321136209
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Title: Certified Wireless Security Professional Official Study Guide
Author: Planet3 Wireless
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Osborne
Paperback: 575 pages
ISBN: 0072230126
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Books recommended by Chris Partsenidis, Founder and Senior Editor, Firewall.cx
Title: Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker
Authors: William R. Cheswick, Steven M. Bellovin, and Aviel D. Rubin
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional; 2nd edition (February 24, 2003)
Paperback: 464 pages
ISBN: 020163466X
The book talks about security related aspects of TCP/IP, various hacking and intrusion detection tools, how to setup a firewall and some really nice real stories on how the author caught hackers who were in their network. (Ed Tittel also recommends this book.)
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Books recommended by Graham Robinson, Wireless Network Architect, Simply Wireless
Title: 802.11 Wireless Networks - The Definitive Guide
Author: Matthew S. Gast
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates; 1st edition (April 2002)
Paperback: 464 pages
ISBN: 0596001835
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Title: Building a Cisco Wireless LAN
Authors: Eric Ouellet, Robert Padjen, Arthure Pfund, and Ron Fuller
Publisher: Syngress; 1st edition (June 15, 2002)
Paperback: 520 pages
ISBN: 192899458X
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