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  • Hardcover: 1080 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (11 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470068523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470068526
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 6.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“At over a thousand pages, this is a comprehensive volume.” Engineering & Technology Saturday 7 June 2008

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"Security engineering is different from any other kind of programming. . . . if you′re even thinking of doing any security engineering, you need to read this book." — Bruce Schneier "This is the best book on computer security. Buy it, but more importantly, read it and apply it in your work." — Gary McGraw This book created the discipline of security engineering The world has changed radically since the first edition was published in 2001. Spammers, virus writers, phishermen, money launderers, and spies now trade busily with each other in a lively online criminal economy — and as they specialize, they get better. New applications, from search to social networks to electronic voting machines, provide new targets. And terrorism has changed the world. In this indispensable, fully updated guide, Ross Anderson reveals how to build systems that stay dependable whether faced with error or malice. Here′s straight talk about Technical engineering basics — cryptography, protocols, access controls, and distributed systems Types of attack — phishing, Web exploits, card fraud, hardware hacks, and electronic warfare Specialized protection mechanisms — what biometrics, seals, smartcards, alarms, and DRM do, and how they fail Security economics — why companies build insecure systems, why it′s tough to manage security projects, and how to cope Security psychology — the privacy dilemma, what makes security too hard to use, and why deception will keep increasing Policy — why governments waste money on security, why societies are vulnerable to terrorism, and what to do about it

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jack Brennan on 5 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you're interested in cyber (and physical) security in any way or have a few subjects touching on the topic at university or at a technical colleague this book is a must.

It focuses very much on secure systems and their implementation, while at the same time acknowledging the drawbacks that plague secure systems every day. The topic range is extremely broad and the author does indeed have great knowledge regarding all the topics he writes about.

If you're unsure if this book is for you you should go to Robert Andersons website and download the 1st edition for free.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eoin Woods on 16 Jun 2011
Format: Hardcover
Security Engineering was already a classic text in its field and the new edition simply builds on this. It's comprehensive, correct, well written and easy to use. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bert Hubert on 4 Mar 2013
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If you care about security, just get this book already. One other review wonders why the book needs to veer into a discussion on the safety of atomic bombs, and that was the moment I ordered the book. The range of things covered is astoundingly broad, and the cross-relevance is huge. Most books are about one kind of security, which makes you particularly blind to 'off angle' attacks. Not so in Security Engineering!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas McFarlane on 13 July 2012
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This is clearly essential reading for anyone involved in IT Security. Professor Anderson is an expert in this subject, we worked together at a major bank in the 80s and he has evolved his knowledge to be the best in the business. Why read another security book ?
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