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Basic security issues

I need to learn about basic security issues. Where do I start? Thanks for your help.

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Start with some of the papers and sites points to. Then consider attending a security conference to get a three-day immersion in security topics. CSI -- the Computer Security Institute -- is good. has pointers to the Netsec conference in June in New Orleans, and the CSI 28th Annual Computer Security Conference and Exhibition will be held October 29-31, 2001 in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park. Also, USENIX ( has a security conference in August. And SANS ( does security training.

This was first published in April 2001

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