Schneier on Security

Schneier on Security

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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.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 589.67g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0470395354
  • 9780470395356
  • 251,898

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"One of the world's foremost security experts." -- Wired "A security guru." -- The Economist "Security sage and notorious cynic." -- CNET Are you really safer than before 9/11? We've sacrificed our privacy, convenience, and sometimes even our dignity to feel safer. But has it bought us security, or merely an illusion? Bruce Schneier, world-renowned security technologist, recognizes that the ultimate security risk is people. In this compendium of articles and blog postings, the bestselling author of Secrets and Lies explains why many security practices are in fact security risks, and how we can truly become safer -- not only online, but also on airplanes, at work, at school, and in our daily lives. In a world grown increasingly paranoid, Schneier makes a compelling case for common sense.

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About Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier has been called the security industry's equivalent of a rock star. An internationally renowned security technologist, he is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. The bestselling author of eight books, including Applied Cryptography and Secrets and Lies, both published by Wiley, and Beyond Fear, published by Springer-Verlag, he has written articles and commentary that have appeared in numerous prominent publications and has testified before Congress on security issues. Schneier maintains the extremely popular "Schneier on Security" blog (

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You take off your shoes in the airport. You scan the supermarket's "preferred customer" card to get the sale price. You claw your way through tamper-resistant packaging for a couple of aspirin. You accept all these inconveniences in the name of security. But are you any safer? Bruce Schneier, arguably the world's foremost authority on computer security, has explored security issues ranging from protecting your password to illegal wiretapping. This collection of Schneier's best op-ed pieces, columns, and blog posts goes beyond technology, offering his insight into everything from the risk of identity theft (vastly overrated) to the long-range security threat of unchecked presidential power and the surprisingly simple way to tamper-proof elections. You'll discover: Why data mining will never protect us from terrorists How your stone-age brain affects what you fear and what security measures you accept Why computer security is fundamentally an economic problem Whether you can really trust a Trusted Traveler If sacrificing your privacy has made you more secure Why refusing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants actually reduces security The industry power struggle over controlling your computer Why we overestimate some risks and underestimate others Why national ID cards won't make us safer, only poorer . . . and much more This book will challenge your illusions of security at every level. Think it's okay to give up your privacy if you're doing nothing wrong? What happens when "wrong" gets redefined? How much power over your personal life are you willing to concede to the person you least want to see as president? What's the acceptable trade-off between security and convenience? In this ruthless, comprehensive, and thought-provoking analysis, Schneier shows us what we should be worrying about and how to get our national fingers off the panic button.

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Table of contents

1. Terrorism and Security. 2. National Security Policy. 3. Airline Travel. 4. Privacy and Surveillance. 5. ID Cards and Security. 6. Election Security. 7. Security and Disasters. 8. Economics of Security. 9. Business of Security. 10. Cybercrime and Cyberwar. 11. Computer and Information Security. References.

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"...the timing of the release...could hardly be's certainly convenient to have [Schneier's columns] collected in one place." (, October 22nd 2008) "His conclusions are insightful and often provocative...A fascination read." (.Net, January 2008) "...refreshing common-sense approach...indispensable for anyone in the security industry and a thought-provoking read for anyone else." (Information Age, November 2008) " easy book to dip into...thought provoking, showing clear logic and real world examples...a highly accessible introduction to "security thinking"." (PC Pro, March 2009) "Thought provoking and refreshingly honest, this is a fascinating reading...rivetingread throughout...A compelling digest" (Linux Format, April 2009) "We could very well do with more Bruce Schneiers to advance that passionate cause for rational thinking" (Infosecurity, April 2009)

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