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Secrets and lies : digital security in a networked world (2000)

by Bruce Schneier

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Bestselling author Bruce Schneier offers his expert guidance on achieving security on a network Internationally recognized computer security expert Bruce Schneier offers a practical, straightforward guide to achieving security throughout computer networks. Schneier uses his extensive field experience with his own clients to dispel the myths that often mislead IT managers as they try to build secure systems. This practical guide provides readers with a better understanding of why protecting information is harder in the digital world, what they need to know to protect digital information, how to assess business and corporate security needs, and much more. * Walks the reader through the real choices they have now for digital security and how to pick and choose the right one to meet their business needs * Explains what cryptography can and can't do in achieving digital security… (more)
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This was a textbook for an information security class, and we didn’t read all of it over the course of the class, probably because it’s pretty old, and the prof only assigned chapters she thought were still relevant and good introductory explanations.
This is the third Schneier book I’ve read, and I think he’s very good at making technical subject matter accessible to a general audience. He also has a way of scaring the heck out of the reader about all the ways technology can go wrong, especially with baddies intentionally trying to break and ruin things. I would recommend his more recent work over this one, particularly Click Here to Kill Everybody, which is good for raising awareness of the issues surrounding a networked world. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
This is a very well written book. It is not for beginners, in my opinion, though. Some technical background in information security will certainly help you understand better the topics covered. I believe it is a very good resource for anyone wanting to know a little bit more about digital security.

I read it first in 2004 and recently I reread it. The edition I have is the 2004 paperback edition (bought it from Amazon.com and had it shipped to Brazil at a time where there were no import taxes for books) and believe it or not after almost 20 years it is still actual. ( )
  grfilho75 | May 26, 2021 |
Good, its 10 years old, but surprising still relevant. ( )
  dwarfplanet9 | Jan 24, 2012 |
Another great publication from Schneier. I love the low-tech references! ( )
  mcandre | Aug 25, 2010 |
Oh, if only every manager and politician making decisions about security would read this book! We'd not only be safer, and save millions, but we could keep our shoes on.
  mulliner | Oct 17, 2009 |
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Schneier has successfully synthesized the essentials of security into a highly readable text. Anyone who truly wishes to understand security should start with Secrets & Lies.
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Bestselling author Bruce Schneier offers his expert guidance on achieving security on a network Internationally recognized computer security expert Bruce Schneier offers a practical, straightforward guide to achieving security throughout computer networks. Schneier uses his extensive field experience with his own clients to dispel the myths that often mislead IT managers as they try to build secure systems. This practical guide provides readers with a better understanding of why protecting information is harder in the digital world, what they need to know to protect digital information, how to assess business and corporate security needs, and much more. * Walks the reader through the real choices they have now for digital security and how to pick and choose the right one to meet their business needs * Explains what cryptography can and can't do in achieving digital security

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