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Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare | [The Great Courses]

Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare

Cyberspace is the 21st century’s greatest engine of change. Telecommunications, commercial and financial systems, government operations, food production - virtually every aspect of global civilization now depends on interconnected cyber systems to operate; systems that have helped advance medicine, streamline everyday commerce, and so much more.
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Cyberspace is the 21st century’s greatest engine of change. Telecommunications, commercial and financial systems, government operations, food production - virtually every aspect of global civilization now depends on interconnected cyber systems to operate; systems that have helped advance medicine, streamline everyday commerce, and so much more.

Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare is your guide to understanding the intricate nature of this pressing subject. Delivered by cybersecurity expert and professor Paul Rosenzweig, these 18 engaging lectures will open your eyes to the structure of the Internet, the unique dangers it breeds, and the ways we’re learning how to understand, manage, and reduce these dangers.

In addition, Professor Rosenzweig offers sensible tips on how best to protect yourself, your network, or your business from attack or data loss.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this course are those of the professor and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2013 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2013 The Great Courses

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    Lynn C. Edwards Tracy, CA United States 08-21-13
    Lynn C. Edwards Tracy, CA United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Lynn Edwards

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    "Wow, this course was an eye opener!"

    This is my first review of an audio download from Audible. (I say "audio download" because this is more like a classroom style lecture series rather than the more common audio book.) Until now I thought it totally unnecessary to add yet another me-too review to other books I've listened to with dozens to hundreds of similar reviews already posted. But since this course has been lightly reviewed I wanted to give my input for others considering this lecture series.

    In a few words: I really enjoyed it...

    I really thought I was pretty savvy when it comes to computer security. Was I ever wrong! This series was fascinating from beginning to end. The Stuxnet virus lecture (lecture 1) was really amazing. The hardware vulnerability lecture was disturbing. The section on password vulnerability made me super paranoid, and has made me change all my passwords to ones that are much more secure.

    I will certainly be more careful in my browsing habits, but I worry greatly about attacks on our infrastructure here in the USA. After listening to this series I was taking a walk along the California aqueduct and came to a massive flow control gate station. There was nobody there. The building itself was heavily fortified, and most likely alarmed. But everything is controlled remotely, and the entire path of the controlling cable is clearly marked with "Do not dig here" placards. Can you tap in here by digging down a few feet? What if someone hacked into that network and opened all the control gates along the entire route from northern California to Los Angeles? Are the control sequences encrypted? How secure are they? Are they connected to the internet? [Keep in mind, though, the Stuxnet virus penetrated the Iranian uranium enrichment facility even though it wasn't hooked up to the internet].

    So I can be prosecuted for a federal crime if I update my facebook account at work, but if I make a personal phone call on the company phone it is not? The legal system is so outdated, based on law from the 1970's when phones were the most common communication medium. Fascinating stuff.

    I was amazed at how vulnerable we are, and I don't have much confidence in the ability of our elected leaders to handle this. Are we headed for an impending crisis?







    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pavel Calgary, Alberta 01-12-14
    Pavel Calgary, Alberta 01-12-14 Member Since 2013

    P.K.

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    What made the experience of listening to Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare the most enjoyable?

    I found the topic of this course of lectures absolutely fascinating. I admit that I know little of computers and cyber security, so these lectures were very beneficial for me. Professor Rosenzweig is a great narrator which makes listening to his words even more enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare to and why?

    Can't think of any at the moment, but I will definitely read and learn more on this subject.


    What about Professor Paul Rosenzweig’s performance did you like?

    The way he talks and explains fully grabs your attention.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned a lot from this course. If there are any more courses of professor Rosenzweig, I will find and buy them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Guo United States 10-29-13
    Sarah Guo United States 10-29-13
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    "very basic and policy-oriented"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone more interested in an overview of the topic from a legal perspective


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    not for practitioners or technologists

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    D. Littman OH 10-24-13
    D. Littman OH 10-24-13 Member Since 2003

    history buff

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    "outstanding lecture series"
    What did you love best about Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare?

    The lecture series provided a great overview, for the non-expert, of the most current issues in information- & cyber-security, in a highly intelligible & engaging manner. Even if you are moderately literate on this subject, from trade press reading & from the security policies of your corporate home, you will learn a lot from this series.


    What does Professor Paul Rosenzweig bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, this is not a book, just a lecture series. I understand that the author has written some books on the same topic & I plan to look them up and get one if it doesn't look too technical.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 10-14-13
    Jason FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Outstanding course"
    What did you love best about Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare?

    This course will not make you a cyber security expert, but covers the growing dark economy, and how this new domain is changing everything.


    What other book might you compare Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare to and why?

    Inside Cyber Warfare


    What about Professor Paul Rosenzweig’s performance did you like?

    He was able to present facts, without the "Digital Pearl Harbor" crap we get from most of the so called experts.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Zeta cartel run in with Anonymous


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Logical Paradox NY, United States 12-31-13
    Logical Paradox NY, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2009

    Irrational, but True

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    "Lacking in Technical Detail"
    If you could sum up Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare in three words, what would they be?

    If you're looking for a broad overview of cybersecurity issues, covered in layman's terms, this course is a good resource. For those looking for in an in-depth look at the technical details behind why cybersecurity issues exist and how exactly cybersecurity threats and principles work, you will be let down.


    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    I love the Great Courses and I highly recommend them.


    What about Professor Paul Rosenzweig’s performance did you like?

    The spoken lectures are delivered in an engaging way, with good delivery and enough intellectual meat to hold the attention of those casually interested.


    Any additional comments?

    The lectures are well delivered, but are not well designed. The course doesn't proceed in a way that lays any real ground work and the lack of any assumption of technical knowledge on the part of the audience means that it ranges from being vague to utterly superficial (technical concepts are primarily presented using metaphors and analogies without enough substance to give the larger security issues the real gravity and illumination that they deserve.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matt_C Santa Barbara, CA 05-24-14
    Matt_C Santa Barbara, CA 05-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Basic and policy oriented"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is oriented around the legal and policy questions that are emerging from the information age that we are living in. In my opinion it will be of more interest to legal scholars and policy makers, than to readers interested in the 0's and 1's of cyber security. That withstanding, I think this lecture series is very well suited for the legal audience as the author presents the material in a very clear and understandable manner, without much technical jargon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Algren Palo Alto, CA 04-24-14
    Todd Algren Palo Alto, CA 04-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A well-packaged set of zero surprises."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The lecture format is pretty good, but this book wasn't for me because I am fairly well versed in security as a whole.


    Would you recommend Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare to your friends? Why or why not?

    For people outside of security, it's a great overview. For Execs, it's a great primer, even if a bit out of date. People inside security will find their time better spent elsewhere.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I will give the professor credit for being dynamic with his presentation.


    Could you see Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I've spent the last 20+ years in information technology and have been responsible for the attack surface of a multi-million dollar organization for the last 15. While I would say there is some good information here for executive types, I find some of the professor's attitudes - specifically those around personal privacy - creepy and disturbing at best. He's clearly spent too much time around DHS and other policy types.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Bishop PROVO, UT, United States 01-29-14
    Josh Bishop PROVO, UT, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Introduction to Cyber Security Issues"
    Any additional comments?

    As a law student interested in these issues, the lecture series was very informative and helpful. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk Becker Gainesville, FL USA 01-25-14
    Kirk Becker Gainesville, FL USA 01-25-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story telling, questionable knowledge"
    What disappointed you about Thinking about Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare?

    The technical information is lacking, and what he does use, he puts into the story in metaphorical instances with poor indications that he knows how it really works.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Chose a title that indicated the true level of technical skills and knowledge. "Cyber" anything appears to be more buzzword.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Paul Rosenzweig – was your favorite?

    none


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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