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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 (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,624 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
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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 Steve on 1 Jun. 2012
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This has to be one of the best books I have ever read in the security field. The book covers more topics than I could have imagined. The information provided is simply amazing, it uses real case studies which the writers have been expose to and how they resolve the problems along with practical guidance based on their professional experience.
Another highly recommended book.
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I recently decided to learn more about "security". I suppose that like many novices I equated security with cryptography and went searching on the web. I was lucky to find Anderson's web-site and read a few chapters, "Cryptography" and "Protocols". Then I wondered about the rest of the book and read a bit more.

It was an eye opener, I bought the book and I haven't regretted it. The scope covered all the application areas in which I was interested, and added new ones.

It is well written to the extent that I found myself reading it for entertainment. Nevertheless it is also a solid academic book with plenty of references to other materials. It is also telling that this book is referenced by every other book on security and cryptography that I have since read.
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