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December 2003

Review: Using the Common Criteria for IT Security Evaluation

Using the Common Criteria for IT Security Evaluation By Debra S. Herrmann Auerbach Publications 288 pages, $79.95 The Common Criteria is recognized around the world as a standard approach for validating security products. In fact, it's a requirement in the U.S. for solutions supporting national security. But the Common Criteria isn't for the common man or woman, as Debra S. Herrmann proves in Using the Common Criteria for IT Security Evaluation. Herrmann addresses this parched infosecurity topic in what may be the driest book ever written, and that's not meant to detract from the value of her work. Plowing through this text requires more than a caffeine fix. At the very least, it calls for a companion bookmark that defines the many cited acronyms. The saving grace is the summary and questions at the end of each chapter, which is more useful if read first for a heads-up on what's covered. Despite a well-organized, extensive list of criteria, you'll need to constantly check back 20 pages to review referenced terms. More than 100 ...

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