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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (31 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118790812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118790816
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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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the vast majority of essays reveal Schneier s insight and pragmatic approach, which makes this a most important book to read (RSA Conference, August 2014)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Giorgos Ioannou on 1 Aug. 2014
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A collection of his essays.
Nothing new to introduce really.

Only reason I do not regret is because I hold Bruce in respect and I guess, buying the book was my token of support towards him
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This is a book of all Bruce's essays for the period - with all the good things and bad things that implies. Good things are the thoughtful well-written essays. Bad things are that, as the introduction notes, the same ideas and phrasings crop up in multiple essays, so I was skipping lots of material. Further, if you've got, say, Beyond Fear, you'll recognise the material that contributed to that excellent book.
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By Nasir on 16 Mar. 2015
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Good raw material, assembled by a robot. Not worthy of the name 22 Mar. 2014
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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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Schneier writes the playbook that Washington should have been following all along 12 Aug. 2014
By Ben Rothke - Published on
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Bruce Schenier has been called an information security rock star. If that’s the case, then Carry On: Sound Advice from Schneier on Security is his greatest hits collection 2008-2013.

The roughly 175 essays in the book represent a collection of articles Schneier wrote for this Crypto-Gram newsletter, his blog and other blogs, magazines, newspapers and other periodicals.

Some of the articles, such as the 2008 piece Chinese Cyberattacks: Myth of Menace are clearly dated. A number of the other articles are somewhat redundant in that they were written on the same topic for different audiences.

But the vast majority of the essays reveal Schneier’s insight and pragmatic approach, which makes this a most important book to read. You may not agree with Schenier on every point, but every point of his is well researched and defended. Personally, I think his approach to CCTV’s and public cameras as a method for crime reduction needs to be reviewed against current data on the topic.

Many of the essays show his deep frustration with Washington and the politics of security; which has resulted in creating a security theatre dealing with movie-plot threats. Billions of dollars have been spent in this area, with almost nothing to show for it.

Another premise of the book is that most people don’t understand how to deal with risk and end up worrying about things that pose very little risk to them; of which a large number of essays are dedicated to this topic. Schenier notes the fears people have of school shootings, child abduction, mass food poisonings and the like, all of which are extremely rare. They worry about these while being oblivious do automobile deaths, DUI deaths and similar, which pose real and daily risks.

When it comes to post-9/11 security, Schneier feels most of the time, money and effort has gone to waste, protecting against imaginary threats. He notes that two things have made airplane travel safe post 9/11, namely: reinforcing the cockpit door, and convincing passengers that they need to fight back. But having tens of thousands of clueless and incompetent TSA agents seizing water bottles and patting down wheelchair-bound grannies have done absolutely nothing to increase air safety.

The book is both fascinating and frustrating. Fascinating in that the book will open your eyes to how to deal with risk and security, and ultimately how to carry on. But frustrating in that those in Washington who have been trusted to do this, have rarely done it right.

In Carry On: Sound Advice from Schneier on Security, Schneier writes the playbook that Washington should have been following all along.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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