Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security book now available

May 29, 2008 in Mac OSX (E)

[] Berkeley, California - California based publisher Apress, Inc. has just announced Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security. This 429 page volume, available as eBook and in print, offers detailed descriptions, step-by-step instructions, as well as command-line examples and best-practices are presented for the home user or the enterprise security architect.

Some of the examples and walkthroughs in this book come from the authors' work in the field, perfecting hundreds of such procedures over the years. Some of the examples, though, are new, written just for this book, based on their feedback from the community.

By default the Mac is a pretty darn secure computer. But many of the things that you do to the computer after you turn it on for the first time can increase or decrease how secure it is. This book is about security from the perspective of a systems administrator, or a Mac User, once you turn on that computer.

For some, this means securing your personal machine, your home, or your small-business network from attacks. For others it means securing your enterprise from corporate miscreants. Whatever environment you are protecting, the principals are the same: provide the least amount of access that is required while maintaining a satisfactory measure of usability.

About the authors:

Charles Edge has been working with Apple products since he was a child. Professionally, Charles started with the Mac OS and Apple server offerings in 1999 after years working with various flavors of Unix. Charles began his consulting career working with Support Technologies and Andersen Consulting. In 2000, he found a new home at 318, a consulting firm in Santa Monica, California which is now the largest Mac consultancy in the country.

At 318, Charles leads a team of over 40 engineers and has worked with network architecture, security and storage for various vertical and horizontal markets. Charles has spoken at a variety of conferences including DefCon, BlackHat, LinuxWorld, MacWorld and the WorldWide Developers Conference. Charles' first book, Mac Tiger Server Little Black Book, can be purchased through Paraglyph Press. Charles recently hung up his surfboard and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife, Lisa.

William Barker is a technical consultant at 318 and a freelance writer. He has a penchant for all things Web 2.0 related and is eagerly anticipating the day that he can wash his dishes and take out the trash online. His website,, is a hobbie haven for two of his passions, technology and travel. He also wears a musician hat from time to time, making music: as a DJ, playing guitar, playing piano and mixing CD's for friends. He lives in Venice, California with his trusty automobile, Lucille.

Zack Smith has been working as an IT consultant his entire adult life. He has consulted for insurance companies, entertainment companies, medical organizations, and governmental agencies. Zack holds an Apple Certified Trainer position where has taught at Apple and various market centers in Boston, Virginia, Los Angeles, and Cupertino. As a certified instructor, Zack has taught Apple's Security Best Practices Class, as well as many of the other Apple Certified System Administrator level classes (such as Mac OS X Deployment and Mac OS X Directory Services).

Zack has been a speaker at MacWorld San Francisco as well as many other smaller venues such as IT user groups. Zack is also the author of a set of open-source IT administration software and scripts and has long term plans of being a full time Objective C developer. When not attending IT & Security conferences or traveling for work at 318, Zack can be found in Portland Oregon with his partner in crime Anna, and dog, Watson.

Title: Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security
Authors: Charles S. Edge, Jr., William Barker and Zack Smith
ISBN-13: 978-1-59059-989-1
Pages: 429 | eBook Price: $27.99 USD | Printed Book Price: $39.99 USD

Based in Berkeley, California, Apress, Inc. is the fastest-growing publisher of technical books in the world today. It is dedicated to meeting the needs of IT professionals, from novice to expert. Apress is dedicated to publishing titles of the highest quality and has compiled a team of authors that is a "Who's Who" of the high-tech industry.


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