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Principles of Information Security, 5th Edition

  • Michael E. Whitman
  • Herbert J. Mattord
  • ISBN-10: 1285448367
  • ISBN-13: 9781285448367
  • 656 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2005
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

Specifically oriented to the needs of information systems students, PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY, 5e delivers the latest technology and developments from the field. Taking a managerial approach, this market-leading introductory book teaches all the aspects of information security-not just the technical control perspective. It provides a broad review of the entire field of information security, background on many related elements, and enough detail to facilitate understanding of the topic. It covers the terminology of the field, the history of the discipline, and an overview of how to manage an information security program. Current and relevant, the fifth edition includes the latest practices, fresh examples, updated material on technical security controls, emerging legislative issues, new coverage of digital forensics, and hands-on application of ethical issues in IS security. It is the ultimate resource for future business decision-makers.


  • PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY, 5e illustrates that information security in the modern organization is a problem for management to solve and not a problem that technology alone can answer-a problem that has important economic consequences and for which management will be held accountable.

  • Each chapter opens with a short story that follows the same fictional company as it encounters the real-world issues of information security. At the end of the chapter, discussion questions complete the case study scenario, giving instructors and students the opportunity to discuss the underlying issues.

  • Interspersed throughout the textbook, Offline and Technical Details boxes highlight interesting topics and some technical issues, enabling students to delve into key concepts more deeply.

  • Chapters end with a Summary, Review Questions and Exercises that give students the opportunity to examine the information security arena outside the classroom. Exercises prompt students to research, analyze and write to reinforce learning objectives and deepen their understanding of the text.

  • Emphasizing real-world application, the text is packed with examples of information security issues, tools and practices implemented in today's organizations.

  • Up-to-date managerial content equips students with general but valuable information without bogging them down with extraneous, highly specific details.

  • The text conforms fully to CNSS Training Standard 4011, which allows federal recognition of programs based on this book.

About the Author

Michael E. Whitman

Michael Whitman, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP, is the executive director of the Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development and a professor of information security at Kennesaw State University. In 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2015, under his direction the Center for Information Security Education spearheaded K.S.U.’s successful bid for the prestigious National Center of Academic Excellence recognitions (CAE/IAE and CAE IA/CDE), awarded jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. Dr. Whitman is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cybersecurity Education and Research and Practice, and he is director of the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Dr. Whitman is an active researcher and author in information security policy, threats, curriculum development and ethical computing. He currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in information security. Dr. Whitman has several information security textbooks currently in print, including PRINCIPLES OF INCIDENT RESPONSE AND DISASTER RECOVERY; PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY; MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SECURITY; READINGS AND CASES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SECURITY, VOLUMES I AND II; THE HANDS-ON INFORMATION SECURITY LAB MANUAL; THE GUIDE TO NETWORK SECURITY and THE GUIDE TO FIREWALLS AND NETWORK SECURITY. He has published articles in Information Systems Research, the Communications of the ACM, the Journal of International Business Studies, Information and Management and the Journal of Computer Information Systems. Dr. Whitman is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Information Systems Security Association, ISACA and the Association for Information Systems. Previously, Dr. Whitman served the U.S. Army as an armored cavalry officer with additional duties as the automated data processing system security officer (ADPSSO).

Herbert J. Mattord

Herbert Mattord, Ph.D., CISM, CISSP, completed 24 years of IT industry experience as an application developer, database administrator, project manager and information security practitioner before joining the faculty at Kennesaw State University, where he is a professor of information security and assurance. Dr. Mattord currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in information security and assurance as well as information systems. He is also a senior editor of the Journal of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice. He and Dr. Michael Whitman have authored PRINCIPLES OF INCIDENT RESPONSE AND DISASTER RECOVERY, PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY, MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SECURITY, READINGS AND CASES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION SECURITY, THE GUIDE TO NETWORK SECURITY and THE HANDS-ON INFORMATION SECURITY LAB MANUAL. Dr. Mattord is an active researcher, author and consultant in information security management and related topics. He has published articles in the Information Resources Management Journal, Journal of Information Security Education, the Journal of Executive Education and the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications and Networking. Dr. Mattord is a member of the Information Systems Security Association, ISACA and the Association for Information Systems. During his career as an IT practitioner, Dr. Mattord was an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, Austin Community College and Texas State University: San Marcos. He was formerly the manager of corporate information technology security at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, where he acquired much of the practical knowledge found in this and his other textbooks.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Information Security.
2. The Need for Security.
3. Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Information Security.
4. Planning for Security.
5. Risk Management.
6. Security Technology: Firewalls, VPNs, and Wireless.
7. Security Technology: Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems and Other Security Tools.
8. Cryptography.
9. Physical Security.
10. Implementing Information Security.
11. Security and Personnel.
12. Information Security Maintenance and eDiscovery.

New to this edition

  • Completely up to date, PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY, 5e reflects the latest developments from the field, including new innovations in technology and methodologies, updated examples and references, and the most current coverage of emerging issues available.
  • Restructured treatment of threats and attacks improve the logical flow of the text while providing added depth on threat levels and severities as well as expanded coverage of attacks against information systems.
  • Updated material on technical security controls includes enhancements to the coverage of firewall rules and wireless security (WEP, WPA, etc.).
  • Risk management coverage has been refreshed and enhanced to better reflect current industry practice.
  • The coverage of digital forensics and e-discovery has been expanded.


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

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