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Schneier on Security

Schneier on Security [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Schneier
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"...the timing of the release...could hardly be′s certainly convenient to have [Schneier′s columns] collected in one place." (, October 22nd 2008) "His conclusions are insightful and often provocative...A fascination read." (.Net, January 2008) "...refreshing common–sense approach...indispensable for anyone in the security industry and a thought–provoking read for anyone else." (Information Age, November 2008) " easy book to dip into...thought provoking, showing clear logic and real world examples...a highly accessible introduction to "security thinking"." (PC Pro, March 2009) "Thought provoking and refreshingly honest, this is a fascinating reading...rivetingread throughout...A compelling digest" (Linux Format, April 2009) "We could very well do with more Bruce Schneiers to advance that passionate cause for rational thinking" (Infosecurity, April 2009)

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Presenting invaluable advice from the world?s most famous computer security expert, this intensely readable collection features some of the most insightful and informative coverage of the strengths and weaknesses of computer security and the price people pay -- figuratively and literally -- when security fails. Discussing the issues surrounding things such as airplanes, passports, voting machines, ID cards, cameras, passwords, Internet banking, sporting events, computers, and castles, this book is a must-read for anyone who values security at any level -- business, technical, or personal.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3941 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470395354
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (16 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0023SDQWG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little chunks of wisdom 27 May 2009
This has to be one of the most interesting, absorbing books I have read in a long time. Bruce Schneier, undoubtedly the world's leading expert on the subject, presents this remarkable collection of essays on computer security. The book divides the collection of essays in 12 chapters on topics ranging from national security policy and privacy to economics and psychology.

It is refreshing to see a commonsense perspective on technological and security matters. Schneier sets the scene right from the start in an introduction to say 'all security involves trade-offs'. The theme, summarising the entire book as it were, cuts across the various domains covered by the essays and in fact presents a very practical guiding principle for security researchers and practitioners.

Chapter 8 on the economics of security is my favourite. It covers an exciting intersection that has emerged between the two disciplines, economics and information security, one which explains why economic motivation is important if security is to improve. Chapter 5 on identity cards and chapter 9 on the psychology of security are other chapters that I enjoyed reading the most.

The author's writing style is captivating. Every essay is succinct, mostly focussing on a problem and bringing out the often subtle issues immediately. The author manages to express complex ideas in simple words and draws clear conclusions at the end of every essay.

For those teaching the subject, this book is full of interesting case studies and discussions to be shared amongst students. I would recommend bringing in such insightful perspectives into the curriculum so the professionals of tomorrow can learn from the mistakes of the past.

Think of this book as a form of Schneier's vast experience and intelligence distilled into little chunks of wisdom each conveying the message simply one by one. This is priceless.
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By Penman
If it succeeds in no other way than to make you think, then this book fulfils its task. Given that we live in paranoid times when it comes to security, this book strips away so much of the rubbish that is touted by so-called experts and ill-informed politicians.

The author rants on a bit like an IT version of Michael Moore, but neveretheless makes valid points when examining security in the light of reason and logic. I work in IT and welcome a questioning attitude - this book certainly helps you to question accepted methods of security.

The only minor criticism is that the chronology of the articles reproduced in the book jumps around a bit. However, this is a great volume to dip in and out of and is well worth a read.
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Very interesting and thought provoking book... and a good place to start for anyone wanting to be a "security expert". Get the philosophy right BEFORE discussing how to achieve national, physical, personal or cyber security.

Well written and engaging style. Book is essentially drawn from a series of blog posts written by the author over his many years of security (book is organized by topic, rather than date written).

Note the cyber security chapters are well well worth reading - though this is just a high level introduction to this very complex topic.
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