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Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems (Wiley Computer Publishing)
Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems (Wiley Computer Publishing)
by Ross J. Anderson
Edition: Paperback

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on This Topic I've Ever Seen, 1 Sept. 2001
Think you are an expert on computer security? Yes? Well, no matter if you can do triple-DES in your head, by carefully reading this book (and learning its lessons) you will find many holes in any security system you have ever designed. Guess what? They don't need to crack your 1024 bit key to thwart your procedures -- there's at least a hundred ways to go around encryption.
Ross Anderson surveys the entire spectrum of contemporary techno-security, from nuclear weapons to the electric meters used in South Africa, and tells you the nuts-n-bolts of how they are architected, and where things fall apart. What becomes clear is that perfect security doesn't exist in the real world, so you need to create "security in depth", where you secure all aspects of your enterprise. Attacks can come from the CEO, your customer, the janitor, the designer, or a passing crack head. In fact, the biggest threat is time itself -- a procedure secure today will become vulnerable in a couple of years if you don't treat security as a living, growing, changing, high-priority part of your enterprise.
Early in the book he opened my eyes -- I know a thing or two about security, yet his example of a military IFF system blew me away. If I had been asked, I would have swore it was a perfect system. Yet, with a simple little trick, the enemy not only defeated it but used it as a weapon. There's a hundred head-slapping moments in this book where you mutter "holy crap!" when you see how vulnerable some things have been.
Look, just buy the damn book, ok? If you have any responsibility for security, you need it. End of story..

Patent It Yourself
Patent It Yourself
by Pressman
Edition: Paperback

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very glad I bought this book!, 29 May 2000
This review is from: Patent It Yourself (Paperback)
Pressman has created a "hands-on" book about US patents. You get a lot of information for a small amount of money (think of it as 10 minutes of billed lawyer time) and the information in totally up-to-date -- Pressman continuously revises the book and Amazon apparently sells only the latest edition. Engineers in small companies should definitely read this book as it will open your eyes as to how easy it is to protect the stuff you design, and using low-cost things like the Provisional Patent Application ... you can file a rough document and if within a year it seems worth it, file for a normal Patent. A pefect concept for high-tech startups who may not have the money in the early days to patent everything, yet the VC people want to see some protection in the works. If you want to talk to me about my review, use the email link.

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