Foundations of Computer Security

  • David Salomon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Pages 1-13
  3. Pages 15-31
  4. Pages 33-89
  5. Pages 91-111
  6. Pages 113-124
  7. Pages 125-137
  8. Pages 139-162
  9. Pages 163-187
  10. Pages 189-209
  11. Pages 211-229
  12. Pages 231-246
  13. Pages 247-262
  14. Pages 263-284
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 285-368

About this book


All aspects of computer security—from the firewall for a home PC to the most daunting designs for large distributed systems—are becoming increasingly important worldwide. However, the complexities of securing computing systems can often make the topic too intimidating or onerous for people who are relative novices.

Foundations of Computer Security provides a succinct, yet authoritative introduction to the underlying theory, history, vocabulary, and concepts that drive this pivotal area of computer science. With its user-friendly approach and clarity of style, the text conveys—in simple terms—the core principles and developments underlying computer security in its many ramifications in the rapidly evolving computing arena. Following its opening framework laid out in a broad preface and introductory chapter, the book features chapters dedicated to a wide array of security-related subtopics: physical security, viruses and worms, malware and spyware, privacy and trust, and cryptography, to name several. The work is a sort of guidebook for newcomers: It assumes only basic knowledge of computers and refrains from heavy mathematical elements.

Topics and Features:

• Provides a comprehensive, accessible overview of the elements of computer security, conveyed in an easy-to-understand style

• Covers the main security challenges, and introduces cryptography

• Reinforces its themes with thorough use of examples, exercises (with answers), historical anecdotes, and case studies

• Features a supplemental website for auxiliary instructional material

• Supplies numerous resources, including a helpful glossary, a virus timeline, and an extensive bibliography

• Instructs readers through a logical and progressive method, yet flavors treatment of the topic with enjoyable quotes, provocative questions, and other educational tools

• Presents the "essentials," but offers additional useful background information

This broad, yet practical textbook/reference is an invaluable instructional tool for undergraduates, graduates, or professionals who know at least the basics about computers but need some exposure to the key elements pertaining to computer security. Its concise approach, complemented by its breadth of security issues covered, will make it an ideal resource for those hoping to learn the foundation topics of this critical subject.

David Salomon is a professor emeritus of computer science at California State University, Northridge. He has authored numerous articles, as well as the popular books, Data Compression: The Complete Reference (now in its third edition) and Data Privacy and Security.


Authentication Computer Security Encryption Firewalls Identity Theft Malware Physical Security Spyware Trojan Horses Viruses Worms cryptography network security

Authors and affiliations

  • David Salomon
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentCalifornia State UniversityNorthridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84628-193-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-341-3
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