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Debra Shinder, a former Police Officer with the Roanoke Police Department; and instructor at the North Central Texas Regional Police Academy and the Criminal Justice Training Center at Eastfield College.  Moreover, “Debra Littlejohn Shinder is a former Police Sergeant and Police Academy Instructor, turned IT professional. She and her husband, Dr. Thomas W. Shinder, have provided network consulting services to businesses and municipalities, conducted training at colleges and technical training centers, and spoken at seminars around the country. Debra Littlejohn Shinder specializes in networking and security, and she and Tom have written numerous books, including the best selling Configuring ISA Server 2000 (Syngress Publishing, ISBN: 1-928994-29-6), and Deb is the sole author of Computer Networking Essentials. Deb also is the author of over 100 articles for print publications and electronic magazines such as TechProGuild, CNET, 8Wire, and Cramsession.com. Debra Littlejohn Shinder is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations and the advisory board of the Eastfield College Criminal Justice Training Center.”

According to the book description of Scene of the Cybercrime: Computer Forensics Handbook, “This book is a bridge between two distinct cultures; that of IT professionals responsible for building systems that prevent cybercrime, and law enforcement officials responsible for investigating and prosecuting those crimes. It introduces IT professionals to the highly structured world of law enforcement, where rules of evidence must be followed closely and crime scenes must not be contaminated. It provides law enforcement officers with an understanding of the technical aspects of cybercrime and of how technology can be used to help solve crimes that have been committed.”

According to one reader of Scene of the Cybercrime: Computer Forensics Handbook, “I'm currently in the middle of the book Scene Of The Cybercrime by Debra Littlejohn Shinder, but I decided to do a review right now. This is a really good book on a number of levels.

Most books on computer and network security are written for the techie trying to secure their assets from outside attack. Obviously, there's a huge need for that information. But it seems that there is virtually nothing written from the law enforcement perspective on computer security. That's a major problem in two ways... For one, there are too few law enforcement personnel that understand exactly what cybercrime is and how it can be detected, fought, and prosecuted. That's probably the audience that would benefit most from this book. Second, most technical personnel don't know what to do in order to successfully build a case and prosecute an attacker once an intrusion has occurred. That's the other audience that will gain the most from reading Shinder's work.

The book includes the following chapters: Facing the Cybercrime Problem Head On; Reviewing the History of Cybercrime; Understanding the People on the Scene; Understanding Computer Basics; Understanding Network Basics; Understanding Network Intrusions and Attacks; Understanding Cybercrime Prevention; Implementing System Security; Implementing Cybercrime Detection Techniques; Collecting and Preserving Digital Evidence; Building the Cybercrime Case.

The hardcore network security administrator will probably already know most of the information in the "Understanding..." chapters. But unless they are adept or experienced in forensic analysis, the last three chapters will be crucial information for them. Without the knowledge of how to preserve evidence, there's a good chance that you'll never have the satisfaction of seeing your attacker prosecuted. Higher level managers of a corporate security department will find all of this information useful, as they may not be as hands-on as the administrators and may not understand what threats and risks are present in today's environment.

From the law enforcement perspective, it's all good. Fighting cybercrime is so different than regular law enforcement. This is the perfect volume to give the budding cybercop all the information they need to get up to speed with how crime is conducted electronically. I would recommend that this book be required reading for law enforcement and prosecution personnel.

The book is well written with plenty of real-life examples of criminal activities and legal scenarios. It's one of the most engrossing technical reads I've had in awhile. A definite recommended read.”

According to the book description of Windows 2000 Server System Administration Handbook, “A complete overview of the Windows 2000 Server operating system provides key assistance for NT4 professionals in administering and supporting the system. Its detailed coverage will enable administrators to differentiate the features and technology changes from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000. Twelve chapters provide detailed coverage of Active Directory, Microsoft Management Console, and new Windows 2000 hardware support, as well as information on implementing new Windows 2000 security options and upgrading networks to the new platform.

Like all Syngress Media books, this guide features easy-to-read chapters written by experts. Included are a "migration path" chapter at the beginning of the book for an overview of the technology and a chapter at the end that summarizes the contents for quick reviewing.”


Computer Networking Essentials
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Scene of the Cybercrime: Computer Forensics Handbook
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Microsoft.net Enterprise Server Training and Administration Kit
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Windows 2000 Server System Administration Handbook (With DVD)
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Cisco Networking Academy Program: Computer Networking Essentials
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According to the book description of Computer Networking Essentials, it is “written by educator, trainer, and technical author Debra Littlejohn Shinder, starts with an introduction to networking concepts. You will learn computer networking terminology and history, and then dive into the technical concepts involved in sharing data across a computer network. A survey of networking hardware and software will show you how the hardware components, the server and client operating systems, and the networking protocols work together to make that data sharing possible.

Several "specialty" areas of networking are explored, including security, remote access, virtual private networking (VPN), and network monitoring and troubleshooting.

Written at a level that requires little computer experience, Computer Networking Essentials incorporates elements from a variety of popular introductory networking courses into a comprehensive all-in-one guidebook. It is an excellent preparation for the Network+ program, Microsoft's Networking Essentials core course, Novell's Networking Fundamentals, and the Cisco Systems CCNA certification.”

According to the book description of Microsoft.net Enterprise Server Training and Administration Kit, “Windows 2000 Enterprise Network Training and Administration Kit is a three-book set. Mission Critical! Windows 2000 Server Administration provides high-level coverage of the critical components of Windows 2000. Configuring Exchange Server 2000 gives both administrators and developers the necessary information to design and deploy the architecture on an enterprise-wide network, and configure and troubleshoot at the workstation level. Configuring ISA Server 2000: Building Internet Firewalls shows network administrators how to connect a network to the Internet, maintain the connection, and troubleshoot remote users’ hardware and software configuration problems.”

According to the book description of Cisco Networking Academy Program, “Computer Networking Essentials is a precursor to the First Year and Second Year Companion Guide studies for students seeking a base foundation in networking. There is no prerequisite for the student to enroll in this introduction to networking fundamentals. A preparatory networking course within the Cisco Networking Academy (CNAP) online program, or for use with other programs such as Network +, Microsoft's core course, or Novell's Networking Fundamentals. This book is an extended product offering within the most successful networking print and online publication program in the industry. These products are endorsed and recommended by Cisco Systems for the Cisco Networking Academy Program. The Cisco Networking Academy Program prepares students to design, build, and maintain computer networks.”

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