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Bruce Schneier

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31 Jan 2014
Up–to–the–minute observations from a world–famous security expert Bruce Schneier is known worldwide as the foremost authority and commentator on every security issue from cyber–terrorism to airport surveillance. This groundbreaking book features more than 160 commentaries on recent events including the Boston Marathon bombing, the NSA′s ubiquitous surveillance programs, Chinese cyber–attacks, the privacy of cloud computing, and how to hack the Papal election. Timely as an Internet news report and always insightful, Schneier explains, debunks, and draws lessons from current events that are valuable for security experts and ordinary citizens alike. Bruce Schneier′s worldwide reputation as a security guru has earned him more than 250,000 loyal blog and newsletter readers This anthology offers Schneier′s observations on some of the most timely security issues of our day, including the Boston Marathon bombing, the NSA′s Internet surveillance, ongoing aviation security issues, and Chinese cyber–attacks It features the author′s unique take on issues involving crime, terrorism, spying, privacy, voting, security policy and law, travel security, the psychology and economics of security, and much more Previous Schneier books have sold over 500,000 copies Carry On: Sound Advice from Schneier on Security is packed with information and ideas that are of interest to anyone living in today′s insecure world.

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Bruce Schneier is the go-to security expert for business leaders and policy makers. His breakthrough book Applied Cryptography (1994, 1998) explained how the arcane science of secret codes actually works, and was described by Wired as "the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published." His business-oriented bestseller Secrets and Lies (2000) was called by Fortune "[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use." Best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator, he has appeared in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on NPR, CNN, and the major networks. He has also testified on security before the United States Congress.

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For years, security sage Bruce Schneier has been warning us about the true security risks in our wired-up world, and revealing the illusions we construct to convince ourselves — wrongly — that we are safe. He unmasked the smoke and mirrors behind airport security checks that make us feel safer without actually making us safer...why the FBI's wiretapping plan is in fact a boon to the bad the trust essential to a functioning society has been replaced with security measures that merely alter the level of risk. Now, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and chemical attacks in Syria, Schneier presents this anthology of more than 155 of his most insightful essays. Here you will find thought-provoking assessments of security and technology; the psychological, human, business, and economic aspects of security; privacy and surveillance; crime, terrorism, spying, and war; liberty and law; and much, much more. You'll discover Why our computer security is a feudal system How science fiction writers can affect homeland security Why profiling actually makes us less safe The myth of the transparent society Google's and Facebook's privacy illusion Why the FBI and CIA failed to connect the dots on the Boston Marathon bombers The story behind the Stuxnet virus Who should really be in charge of cybersecurity How the US enabled the Chinese hacking of Google Why scanners and sensors are the wrong way to secure the subway system Embark on this fascinating, unsettling journey into the real world of 21st-century security. And pay attention. Our future is at stake.

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"A primer in practical computer security aimed at those shopping, communicating, or doing business online — almost everyone, in other words." — The Economist "A rich, insightfully fresh take on what security really means!" — David Ropeik , author of How Risky Is It, Really? "The closest the security industry has to a rock star." — The Register What you think you know about security is probably all wrong We seem to be more security–conscious now than at any time in our history, yet the headlines scream of bombings, mass shootings, Chinese cyberattacks, and the NSA perusing your e–mail. What′s wrong here? Widely acclaimed as the quintessential security expert, Bruce Schneier might also be seen as the conscience of the security industry. The bestselling author of Secrets and Lies and Liars and Outliers has been sounding the alarm for years. This collection of more than 155 of Schneier′s most thought–provoking essays provides an unvarnished look at what′s not working, what can work, and why we need to get busy. It′s time we listened.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Good raw material, assembled by a robot. Not worthy of the name 22 Mar 2014
By John & Dawn Moehrke - Published on
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I like Bruce Schneier, so figured this book would be good. But it is just Okay. This book is very much a manufactured book made 99.5% out of his blog or magazine articles. It is only minimally organized. If you keep up with his writings, then this book is of no value, except as a reference. If you don't keep up with Bruce's writing then it is a worthy read.

Although I didn't think the book was good. I am still glad I bought it. Simply for the value my purchase does to the visibility of Bruce's writing and if some money gets back to him, all the better. So I put this in the camp of donations I send to open-source projects that I utilize. That would be a nice function for Amazon to add, a way to donate to open-source projects through amazon.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Format is disjointed, lacks depth 10 Mar 2014
By Ryan Mitchell - Published on
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For anyone who has followed Bruce Scheneier's blog, read his articles, and works in security (or is an enthusiastic amateur), this book will be somewhat of a disappointment. Although it's no secret that this book is a compilation of old articles and blog posts, the format makes it almost impossible to sit down and read for long stretches of time. The constant repetition of lines, ideas, and scenarios (remember, these were never originally meant to be published together) gives the reader a distracting sense of deja vu that makes it difficult to read the book straight through.
In addition, the short format of each segment means that it's impossible to get into any real depth about a particular subject. While this might be fine for a non-technical reader, I doubt that anyone who is specifically purchasing Bruce Schneier's new book is going to be "non-technical."
However, the content is good. This should be obvious. I mean, it's Bruce Schneier for crying out loud. It's going to have good content. It's worth purchasing to peruse on the bus, be able to look up an interesting article or two when the mood strikes you. It just shouldn't be thought of as a "book" book.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Five Star Rating for a Five Star Kind of Guy 19 Jan 2014
By Allochthon - Published on
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When members of Congress seek to understand the depth and breadth of the state of national security, its programs, and the information brought to public light by whistleblowers, they turn to Bruce Schneier.

For regular readers of his "Schneier on Security" blog, supporters and advocates of electronic privacy, as well as those recently seeking a port during the current national security $#!+-storm, this is the man to turn to for calm, sound, well-reasoned thoughts and advice on cybersecurity, safety, and electronic privacy contrasted against a digital world bent on data collection, mining, and exploitation.

Take a trip through Bruce Schneier's essays ([relatively] recent and past) to find clear, rational thought and counsel about the ever-evolving threats in today's rapidly changing technological landscape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read - lots of insight 10 Feb 2014
By Roy Fine - Published on
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Most of the content is available on Schneier's website - I bought the hard copy to read then have handy on the bookshelf (like Brooks' Mythical Man Month only a lot fresher and significantly more timely).

Some of the notes are a bit dated, but Schneier hits the mark on every one. You may not agree with him on every point, but where you don't he elicits a thought process that in itself is valuable

Entertaining read with some nuggets sprinkled throughout
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a magnitude of information 3 Feb 2014
By LarsAnna - Published on
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Bruce Schneier has done it again - written a book that is so interesting to read, I found it hard to put down.
His style of writing presents a depth of information when needed, and ease of read at other times. It's packed with various security scenarios etc, and is highly entertaining.
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