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Security Awareness: Applying Practical Security in Your World, 4th Edition

  • Mark Ciampa
  • ISBN-10: 1111644187
  • ISBN-13: 9781111644185
  • 304 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

Designed to provide students with the knowledge needed to protect computers and networks from increasingly sophisticated attacks, SECURITY AWARENESS: APPLYING PRACTICE SECURITY IN YOUR WORLD, Fourth Edition continues to present the same straightforward, practical information that has made previous editions so popular. For most students, practical computer security poses some daunting challenges: What type of attacks will antivirus software prevent? How do I set up a firewall? How can I test my computer to be sure that attackers cannot reach it through the Internet? When and how should I install Windows patches? This text is designed to help students understand the answers to these questions through a series of real-life user experiences. In addition, hands-on projects and case projects give students the opportunity to test their knowledge and apply what they have learned. SECURITY AWARENESS: APPLYING PRACTICE SECURITY IN YOUR WORLD, Fourth Edition contains up-to-date information on relevant topics such as protecting mobile devices and wireless local area networks.


  • PRACTICAL APPROACH: Students will learn about the different attacks that a computer system faces today and how to make their own computers secure.

  • BEGINNER-FRIENDLY: No previous in-depth knowledge of networks, system hardware, or operating systems is required therefore students can immediately learn the steps of keeping the attackers from infecting their computers.

  • REAL WORLD APPLICATION: Background material will help students apply practical security knowledge to various computers, networks, and software.

  • MULTIPLE AUDIENCES: This book meets the needs of students and faculty in a traditional classroom setting as well as in an online delivery of the course materials.

  • HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES: Hands-on activities can be performed using either equipment installed on a college campus or using personal computer equipment at home. Almost all hands-on activities cover software that is included as part of the Windows operating system or is a free download from the Internet. A special classroom computer lab is not necessary in order to perform the hands-on activities.

About the Author

Mark Ciampa

Dr. Mark Ciampa is a Professor of Information Systems in the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Prior to this he was an Associate Professor and served as the Director of Academic Computing at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee for 20 years. Dr. Ciampa has worked in the IT industry as a computer consultant for businesses, government agencies and educational institutions. He has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written more than 25 technology textbooks, including COMPTIA CYSA+ GUIDE TO CYBERSECURITY ANALYST, SECURITY+ GUIDE TO NETWORK SECURITY FUNDAMENTALS, SECURITY AWARENESS: APPLYING PRACTICAL SECURITY IN YOUR WORLD, CWNA GUIDE TO WIRELESS LANS, and GUIDE TO WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS. Dr. Ciampa holds a Ph.D. in technology management with a specialization in digital communication systems from Indiana State University and has certifications in security and healthcare.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Security.
2. Personal Security.
3. Computer Security.
4. Internet Security.
5. Mobile Security.
6. Workplace Security.

New to this edition

  • UP-TO-DATE MATERIAL: Updated to include information on the latest security attacks and defenses so that students can adequately protect their own computers and networks.
  • COVERAGE OF MOBILE DEVICES: To reflect recent advances in technology, additional material on protecting mobile devices (smart phones, tablets, netbooks, laptops) is included.
  • NEW OPPORTUNITES FOR PRACTICE: New hands-on and case projects have been added in order to give students multiple opportunities to test their knowledge and practice what they have learned.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1111644195 | ISBN-13: 9781111644192)

The Instructor Resources commonly includes PowerPoint presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, Instructor's Manual, and other text-specific resources.

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Student Supplements

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