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CISSP in 21 Days


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When I picked up this book I was hoping for a 21 day romp into the world of CISSP. This is not the case. What CISSP in 21 Days is however is pretty awesome.

To become a CISSP you have to have 5 years experience in one of the 10 domains, pass a 100 question test about the 10 domains of being a CISSP, and adhere to a code of ethics set forth by the ISC2.

Now if you have the above requirements licked, then you are going to need CISSP in 21 Days. This is the best review book I have seen for this certification, and it is an easy read.

Author M. L. Srinivasan, CISSP, takes you day by day for 21 days reviewing all the domains of the CISSP. He covers Access Control, Application Security and more.

Be warned this book will not get your ready for your CISSP test if you don't already have the knowledge, this is just a primer!

With that said, I can suggest to anyone thinking of becoming a CISSP, like me, to get this book and read it. Then go back through the book and review each section outside of the book as well. Read about application security and then go and get the required knowledge under you belt. The book will act as an outline for what you need to know to pass the CISSP.

For this and other great titles check out Packt Publishing's website, and pick this book up at Amazon.com today!

Book Review: RESTful PHP (Packt Publishing)


This weekend I had the opportunity to read RESTful PHP, by Samisa Abeysinghe, published by Packt Publishing. The book is short, about 200 pages, but full of great information about what REST is, how it is used, how it is supposed to be used and how to use it with PHP.

The book assumes you have a working knowledge of PHP, and how to install extensions (or use existing ones). The concepts are clear and concise. Samisa is direct, but explains the reasons for why code is the way it is, or explains what can be done different.

The books runs through many examples using Yahoo! and Amazon APIs. Most of the book could be called a manual for use of CURL and SimpleXML, as well as some DOM work. Although you will not need to know any of those things before picking up this book.

In a short seven chapters Samisa explains what rest is, who uses it, why it is used, and what you can do with it. Samisa walks you through consuming (or using) REST APIs and also how to setup your own APIs using the REST style and architecture.

I would recommend this book to any beginning and middle tiers PHP developer as it is a quick reference to REST and APIs that you know you already want to be working with.