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PDA Security: Incorporating Handhelds Into the Enterprise.

PDA Security: Incorporating Handhelds Into the Enterprise. By David Melnick, Mark Dinman, and Alexander Muratov; published by McGraw-Hill, 877/833-5524 (phone), (Web); 378 pages; $39.95.

Most security managers wouldn't dream of leaving file servers or laptops filled with proprietary information unprotected. But the protection could be for naught if the same data is transferred to a personal digital assistant (PDA), which often is overlooked when security is considered. PDA Security: Incorporating Handhelds into the Enterprise trumpets the importance of PDA security and guides system administrators through protective measures.

When PDAs first appeared commercially, their capabilities were limited and their risks minimal. Today's PDAs have scores of megabytes of memory and well-developed networking capabilities, making them as important to protect as PCs and laptops.

PDA Security is valuable for corporate system administrators who need a PDA-protection architecture for their organizations. The book provides tactics on how to deploy, manage, and secure PDAs in the workplace.

Section one of the book offers a comprehensive introduction to PDA technology and security, with sections two and three exploring security mechanisms and strategies such as cryptography in greater detail. The book is not designed for end users; its information is far too technical for the casual PDA user. But administrators who must support and secure many PDAs will find a good resource here.

Ben Rothke, CISSP (certified information systems security professional), is a New York City-based senior security consultant with ThruPoint, Inc. He is a member of A SIS International.
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Author:Rothke, Ben
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Date:Feb 1, 2004
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