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5.0 out of 5 stars Power to the People, 10 Aug 2009
This is an excellent book that deserves to be widely read, not just by information security professionals, but by any one with an interest in understanding the human factors in other 'information' disciplines.

In part this book is a distillation of the author's considerable experience in the field, and for that alone worth reading. In part it is a veritable tapas of food for thought, that moves from hypnosis to the power of networks and systems thinking as applied to information security.

I have one criticism and that is in the discussion of Disaster Recovery the underlying model of 'Command and Control' is presented without a counter. It would have been interesting to see the author discuss the Toyota-Aisin P-valve crisis (as cited in Duncan Watt's Six Degrees).

A very worthy addition to my bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read for all information security professionals!, 10 May 2009
I read this book from cover-to-cover so as not to miss any 'pearls of wisdom' that David has to share with his readers. One could just as naturally use this as a reference book.

Most information security books have a couple of chapters on people and information security, e.g. awareness/training, etc. Do not be deceived into thinking this book is just about 'educating' people about security, although clearly this is covered.

David effectivley turns upsidedown the subject of information security and talks about it in the organisational context that is driven by people. He pulls in organisational dynamics, cultures, politics, everything that can influence your effectiveness in any information security management role/project that you are involved in or driving. He places information security in a full context, i.e. the macro environment.

This book is not written in a theoretical style. It is written as though David Lacey is speaking with you direct, he writes as he speaks. This makes it easy to read.

I recommend this book to all professionals that practice information security management and even managers that are interested in the subject. It will stretch your mind, and answer many questions that you may have never thought to question or ask.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, thought provoking and fun, 31 Mar 2009
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This is a wide ranging and thought provoking book covering the human factor in information security.

As an out and out techie, I wouldn't normally expect to find this topic very interesting; but in fact it's fascinating. It covers areas such as risk analysis, presentation skills, business cases and network theory.

I strongly recommend it to all information security professionals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER BOOK FOR GRANDSON AT UNI, 30 Oct 2013
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4 STARS ......would be five stars if I could understand it....and grandson is over the moon because he now has all the books needed for his final year. Neither he nor his parents could afford to buy these...very in depth and a lot of 'speak' I'd never understand.....but he does and he is determined to do the best he can. We also bear in mind that once this final yearis finished he could think about selling them on to other students --- at uni or through Amazon. This last year we ve always depended on Amazon and it couldn't have been easier. Thankyou again Amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SURPRISINGLY GOOD READ, 14 Feb 2009
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A well-written, varied and very informative book which will appeal to a wide range of business readers.
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