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Physical security measures: CISSP Study Guide

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The CISSP exam covers 10 domains, one of which is physical security. Physical security covers facility management, risk identification and perimeter security, among other topics. You'll need to know about several types of physical security measures, including proper door locks, the quality of construction materials, power supply concepts and even environmental controls like water drains and pressure control.

In this domain section of our CISSP Study Guide, you will learn how to make sure physical security is intact by referring to our resources and testing your knowledge with our CISSP practice exam, written by CISSP All-in-one Exam Guide author Shon Harris.

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About the author
Shon Harris, CISSP, MCSE, is the president of Logical Security, an IT security consulting and training company. She is a former engineer in the Air Force's Information Warfare unit, an instructor and the best-selling author of the previous three editions of this book. Shon has taught computer and information security to a wide range of clients, including RSA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Security Agency and many more.

This was first published in February 2008

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