Presenting invaluable advice from the world's most famous computer security expert, this intensely readable collection features some of the most insightful and informative coverage of the strengths and weaknesses of computer security and the price people pay - figuratively and literally - when security fails. Discussing the issues surrounding things such as airplanes, passports, voting machines, ID cards, cameras, passwords, Internet banking, sporting events, computers, and castles, this book is a must-read for anyone who values security at any level - business, technical, or personal.
©2008 Bruce Schneier (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Bought this based on his reputation as an expert; had never before read any of his books or articles. After listening to this I do not consider him worthy of his reputation. This is a so-called "security expert" who admittedly operates an open wifi network at his home, and who disparages 2-factor authentication as a waste of time because (paraphrasing) if you use it criminals will just find another way to break into your system. It seems Mr. Schneier is not so much a security expert as an advocate for new, unenforceable laws that will somehow give you control over any and all information pertaining to you (seriously). He is a big fan of using the law to force liability on various entities rather than actual security, as that word is understood by the rest of us. Mixed in with his advocacy for ridiculous, unenforceable and therefore ineffective new legislation are a couple observations like, security has economic implications. Duh. Definitely do not waste your money or time with this book.
Have it written by someone with some expertise in security. The narration was ok I guess, but the reader pronounces (and mispronounces) some of the words very robotically.
Irrational, but True
Yes. It was a very compelling look at security issues in the broadest possible sense: what do we mean by being secure/insecure, how do we assess situations in those contexts such that we can increase our relative security?
This is a completely nontechnical book, and is composed of essays, columns, and articles written by the author in various publications. It's a very nice collection, compiled thematically in a way that delivers clear, concise analyses of security issues ranging in scope from airport security to cyber warfare. All the while, Schneier maintains his ability to cut through all the complexity to highlight the key relationships and focus on a high level, goal-oriented analysis. Security, Schneier says again and again, is always a trade-off. He shows us in article upon article how the way we view security in many every day situations, political debates, and even defense and police contexts is completely wrong because it lacks the fundamental perspective: that we are, each of us and all of us, security CONSUMERS who must make measured judgement about what we need protecting from and how best we can be protected. In the end, Schneier always brings it back to his most prescient question: is the security we are getting worth what we are spending or sacrificing.
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