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This book presents a clear view of the various components that can be used throughout the network to not only monitor traffic but to allow the network itself to become more proactive in preventing and mitigating network attacks. This security primer provides unique insight into the entire range of Cisco security solutions, showing what each element is capable of doing and how all of the pieces work together.

Go to free chapter: Chapter 2: Mitigating Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks.

Router Security Strategies: Securing IP Network Traffic PlanesAuthor: Gregg Schudel, David J. Smith (check out Gregg and David's blog for Cisco Subnet)Buy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 12/29/07; List price: $65

This book details the distinct traffic planes of IP networks and the advanced techniques necessary to operationally secure them. This includes the data, control, management, and services planes that provide the infrastructure for IP networking.

Go to free chapter: Chapter 1: Internet Protocol Operations Fundamentals.

QoS for IP/MPLS NetworksAuthor: Santiago AlvarezBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 06/02/06; List price: $55 

The book provides a thorough explanation of the technology behind MPLS QoS and related technologies, including the different design options you can use to build an MPLS network with strict performance requirements. 

Go to free chapter: Chapter 4: Cisco MPLS Traffic Engineering.

Content Networking FundamentalsAuthor: Silvano Da RosBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 03/30/06: List price: $55

This book introduces you to content networking solutions and the underlying networking technologies that content networking uses to accelerate your applications in new and unique ways. You’ll discover various algorithms behind content networking and learn how the Cisco product suite implements them.

Go to free chapter: Chapter 11: Switching Secured Content.

Network VirtualizationAuthor: Victor Moreno, Kumar ReddyBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 07/19/07: List price: $65

Network Virtualization provides design guidance for virtualized enterprise networks and arms network architects with the background necessary to make sound technological choices in the face of different business requirements. 

Go to free excerpt: Chapter 4: A Virtualization Technologies Primer: Theory.

Advanced Host Intrusion Prevention with CSAAuthor: Chad Sullivan, Jeff Asher, Paul MauvaisBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 04/27/06; List price: $65.00

Through methodical explanation of advanced CSA features and concepts, this book helps ease the fears of security administrators seeking to install and configure a host IPS. This book explains in detail such topics as installation of the management servers, installation of the agents for mass deployment, granular agent policy creation, advanced policy creation, real-world troubleshooting techniques, and best practices in implementation methodology. 

Go to free excerpt: Chapter 10: Local Event Database and Event Correlation .

CCIE Voice Exam Quick Reference SheetsAuthor: Mark Lewis (read Mark's blog for Cisco Subnet)Buy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 05/14/07; List price: $24.99

As a final exam preparation tool, the CCIE Voice Exam Quick Reference Sheets provides a concise review of all objectives on the new CCIE Voice written exam (350-030). This digital Short Cut provides you with detailed, graphical-based information, highlighting only the key topics in cram-style format.

Go to free excerpt: Telephony Protocols..

Firewall FundamentalsAuthors: Wes Noonan, Ido Dubrawsky (read Wes Noonan's blog for Cisco Subnet)Buy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 06/02/06; List price: $50

Firewall Fundamentals is written in clear and easy-to-understand language and helps novice users understand what firewalls are and how and where they are used. It introduces various types of firewalls, first conceptually and then by explaining how different firewall implementations actually work.

Go to free chapter: Chapter 11: Managing Firewalls

IPsec Virtual Private Network FundamentalsAuthor: James Henry CarmoucheBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 07/19/06; List price: $55

This book provides a basic working knowledge of IPsec on various Cisco routing and switching platforms. It provides the foundation necessary to understand the different components of Cisco IPsec implementation and how it can be successfully implemented in a variety of network topologies and markets.

Go to free chapter: Chapter 4: Common IPsec VPN Issues.

Cisco Network Admission Control, Volume I: NAC Framework Architecture and DesignBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

By: Denise Helfrich, Lou Ronnau, Jason Frazier, and Paul Forbes

Pub date: 12/08/06; List price: $55

This book describes the NAC architecture and provides an in-depth technical description for each of the solution components. Also provided are design guidelines for enforcing network admission policies and describes how to handle NAC agentless hosts. 

Go to free chapter: Chapter 3: Posture Agents

MPLS VPN ServicesAuthors: Chris Lewis and Steve PickavanceBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 02/13/06; List price: $65

Selecting MPLS VPN Services helps you analyze migration options, anticipate migration issues, and properly deploy IP/MPLS VPNs. Detailed configurations illustrate effective deployment while case studies present available migration options and walk you through the process of selecting the best option for your network. 

Go to free chapter: Chapter 10: Migration Strategies

Cisco Express ForwardingAuthor: Nakia Stringfield, Russ White and Stacia McKeeBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 04/24/07; List price: $60

Cisco Express Forwarding demystifies the internal workings of Cisco routers and switches, making it easier for you to optimize performance and troubleshoot issues that arise in Cisco network environments. This book addresses common misconceptions about CEF and packet switching across various platforms, helping you to improve your troubleshooting skills for CEF- and non-CEF-related problems.

Go to free chapter: Chapter 7: Understanding CEF in an MPLS VPN Environment

Security Monitoring with Cisco Security MARSAuthor: Gary Halleen, Greg Kellogg.Buy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site 

Pub date: 07/06/07; List price: $60

Security Monitoring with Cisco Security MARS helps you plan a MARS deployment and learn the installation and administration tasks you can expect to face. Additionally, this book teaches you how to use the advanced features of the product, such as the custom parser, Network Admission Control (NAC), and global controller operations.

Go to free chapter: Chapter 6: Incident Investigation and Forensics

Deploying IPv6 NetworksAuthor: Ciprian P. Popoviciu, Eric Levy-Abegnoli, Patrick Grossetete.Buy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 02/10/06; List price: $60

Deploying IPv6 Networks is an essential guide to IPv6 concepts, service implementation, and interoperability in existing IPv4 environments. You’ll learn about IPv6 as a mature technology ready for deployment. This book goes beyond addressing the basics of IPv6 yet remains accessible to readers unfamiliar with the protocol. 

Go to free chapter: Chapter 11: Network Performance Considerations.

Storage Networking Protocol FundamentalsAuthor: James LongBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 05/18/06; List price: $55

Written for both storage administrators who need to learn more about networking and network administrators who need to learn more about storage, Storage Networking Protocol Fundamentals is a concise introduction to storage networking protocols. The book picks up where Storage Networking Fundamentals left off by focusing on the networking protocols that underlie modern open systems: block-oriented storage networks.

Go to free chapter: Chapter 9: Flow Control and Quality of Service

Designing Content Switching SolutionsBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Author: Haroon Khan and Zeeshan Naseh

Pub date: 03/14/06; List price: $60

Designing Content Switching Solutions helps you understand content switching solutions using Cisco content switching products. You’ll get a thorough grounding in the theories and concepts behind content switching and then examine specific solutions through case studies. 

Go to free chapter: Chapter 5: Firewall Load Balancing

CCNA ICND2 Official Exam Certification Guide (CCNA Exams 640-816 and 640-802), 2nd EditionAuthor: Wendell Odom (read Wendell's blog for Cisco Subnet)Buy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 08/30/07; List price: $39.99

Senior instructor and best-selling author Wendell Odom shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. The material is presented in a concise manner, focused on increasing your understanding of exam topics and preparing you for the numerous challenges the exams present.

Go to free chapter:Chapter 7: IP Version 6

Cisco IP Telephony (CIPT) (Authorized Self-Study), 2nd EditionAuthor: Jeremy D. CioaraBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 10/24/06; List price: $65

Cisco IP Telephony (CIPT), Second Edition, is a Cisco-authorized, self-paced learning tool for CCVP IP telephony foundation learning. This book provides you with the knowledge needed to install, configure, and maintain a Cisco IP telephony solution. 

Go to free chapter: Chapter 11: Cisco Unified CallManager Advanced Route Plans

Building or Buying VPNs (Digital Short Cut)Author: Kunjal TrivediBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 03/22/07; List price: $9.99

Building or Buying VPNs helps managers and network security engineers understand and evaluate the costs and benefits associated with this fast-growing technology. This Digital Short Cut helps you to evaluate technology choices, such as whether to build or buy VPN services and how to efficiently manage and lower costs of VPN solutions.

Go to free excerpt: VPN Technology Primer and Comparison of VPN Technology Options

Comparing, Designing, and Deploying VPNsMark's blog for Cisco Subnet)Buy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Author: Mark Lewis (read

Pub date: 04/12/06; List price: $80

A practical guide for comparing, designing, and deploying IPsec, MPLS Layer 3, L2TPv3, L2TPv2, AToM, and SSL virtual private networks. It examines the real-world operation, application, design, and configuration of several site-to-site and remote access VPNs.

Go to free chapter: Chapter 10: Designing and Building SSL Remote Access VPNs (WebVPN)

Cisco NAC Appliance: Enforcing Host Security with Clean AccessAuthors: Jamey Heary (read Jamey's blog for Cisco Subnet), Jerry Lin, Chad Sullivan, Alok AgrawalBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Pub date: 08/08/07; List price: $60

Cisco NAC Appliance: Enforcing Host Security with Clean Access provides you with all the information needed to understand, design, configure, deploy, and troubleshoot Cisco's Network Admission Control appliance. You will learn about all aspects of the NAC appliance including configuration and best practices for design, implementation, troubleshooting, and creating a host security policy.

Go to free chapter: Chapter 10: Configuring Out-of-Band

CCNP BCMSN Official Exam Certification Guide (4th Edition)Author: David HucabyBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site 

Pub date: 12/29/06; List price: $59.99

This exam study guide follows a logical organization of the BCMSN exam objectives. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing readers’ retention and recall of exam topics. Lead network engineer and consultant David Hucaby shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve your switching knowledge through the use of the consistent features in each chapter.

Go to free chapter: Chapter 12: Multilayer Switching

Build the Best Data Center for Your BusinessDoug's blog for Cisco Subnet)Buy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Author: Douglas Alger (read

Pub date: 6/6/05; List price: $60.00

Benefit from Doug Alger’s concise and practical approach to data center design and management. This easy-to-navigate book is divided into two parts: Part I covers data center design and physical infrastructure details, and Part II covers data center management and operations. 

Go to free chapter: Chapter 5: Overhead or Under-Floor Installation?. 

Deploying Voice over Wireless LANsBuy this from Ciscopress.com and save 30% save when you join the ciscopress.com site

Author: Jim Geier

Pub date: 03/14/07; List price: $60.00

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