Demystifying the IPsec Puzzle

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Now that the Internet has blossomed into the “Information Superhighway,” with its traffic (and drivers) becoming increasingly diverse, security has emerged as a primary concern. This innovative new book offers you a global, integrated approach to providing Internet Security at the network layer. You get a detailed presentation of the revolutionary IPsec technology used today to create Virtual Private Networks and, in the near future, to protect the infrastructure of… More >>

Demystifying the IPsec Puzzle

5 replies
  1. Jerry Patterson says:

    Do not buy this book!!! I got royally hosed on this. Since it’s in E-Book format, you download it to your computer. You cannot print it, and you cannot transfer it to another machine. I wanted to rebuild my machine, but I can’t because I will lose the $… book. They give you instructions on how to transfer the book to a new computer, but the publisher says to talk to Adobe, and Adobe says to talk to the publisher. I’ve been running around in circles!!! Supposedly the software recognizes the layout and config of your hard drive, so if you change it, the book will not be readable. What a rip-off. I understand completely that the publisher doesn’t want people passing around free copies of their book, but hey, now I’m stuck not being able to change my computer, upgrade my hard drive, etc. If you don’t care, and the $… is expendible to you, then go for it, but don’t ever plan on changing your system. I hope you never need more hard drive space.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Puneet Sood says:

    I bought this book when I started working on IPsec. This book goes beyond the text of the IPsec RFCs to explain the workings of the protocols. It also explains the issues with the protocol and does a good job of explaining how to use IPsec for client VPNs.

    The minor downsides of the book are – its high price and in some cases lack of byte-level packet diagrams. The second is not much of a problem since they can be looked up in the RFCs.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. Z. Lal says:

    I have read most of the book and I found it refreshing to find an author who does not simply regurgitate the contents of the RFCs together with some nice diagrams, as some other IPsec books are apt to do.
    The author’s authoritative insights into IPsec problems are very helpful, and a real effort seems to have been made to explain the various facets of IPsec. Helpful references are given throughout the book.
    Having said that, I have the book only 4 stars because despite the authors excellent effort, the book is still difficult to understand in some parts. In particular, the diagrams showing the various IPsec exchanges are somewhat uninspiring.
    This book in my view is worthy of shelf space, but will need to be read several times (probably in conjunction with another IPsc book) for the reader to gain a true understanding of the issues.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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