Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World

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Bestselling author Bruce Schneier offers his expert guidance onachieving security on a network
Internationally recognized computer security expert Bruce Schneieroffers a practical, straightforward guide to achieving securitythroughout computer networks. Schneier uses his extensive fieldexperience with his own clients to dispel the myths that oftenmislead IT managers as they try to build secure systems. Thispractical guide provides readers with a better understanding of whyprotecting information is harder in the digital world, what theyneed to know to protect digital information, how to assess businessand corporate security needs, and much more.
* Walks the reader through the real choices they have now fordigital security and how to pick and choose the right one to meettheir business needs
* Explains what cryptography can and can't do in achieving digitalsecurity

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Whom can you trust? Try Bruce Schneier, whose rare gift for common sense makes his book Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World both enlightening and practical. He's worked in cryptography and electronic security for years, and has reached the depressing conclusion that even the loveliest code and toughest hardware still will yield to attackers who exploit human weaknesses in the users. The book is neatly divided into three parts, covering the turn-of-the-century landscape of systems and threats, the technologies used to protect and intercept data, and strategies for proper implementation of security systems. Moving away from blind faith in prevention, Schneier advocates swift detection and response to an attack, while maintaining firewalls and other gateways to keep out the amateurs.

Newcomers to the world of Schneier will be surprised at how funny he can be, especially given a subject commonly perceived as quiet and dull. Whether he's analyzing the security issues of the rebels and the Death Star in Star Wars or poking fun at the giant software and e-commerce companies that consistently sacrifice security for sexier features, he's one of the few tech writers who can provoke laughter consistently. While moderately pessimistic on the future of systems vulnerability, he goes on to relieve the reader's tension by comparing our electronic world to the equally insecure paper world we've endured for centuries--a little smart-card fraud doesn't seem so bad after all. Despite his unfortunate (but brief) shill for his consulting company in the book's afterword, you can trust Schneier to dish the dirt in Secrets and Lies. --Rob Lightner

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"As a thoughtful read, prior to planning or reviewing your business's security strategy, you could not do better...." (Unixnt, February 2001)

"...worth a read..." (The Journal, November 2000)

"...essential reading for security practitioners..." (Computer Bulletin Book of the Month, January 2001)

"...provides a timely debunking of myths...an invaluable reference point" (Computer Business Review, November 2000)

"not only is it entertaining, but it is likely to end up on the reference shelf of thousands of CIOs worldwide." (Information Age, December 2000)

"...a good read..." "The book is interesting [and] educational..." (E-business, Jan 2001)

"...a pragmatic, stimulating and rather readable guide..." (The Bookseller, 17th November 2000)

"This book is a must for any business person with a stake in e-commerce." (EuroBusiness, December 2000)

"...a jewel box of little surprises you can actually use" "...a startlingly lively treatise..." (Fortune, 27th November 2000)

"A thoroughly practical and accessible guide..." (Webspace, November 2000)

"[It's] written like a thriller (and a good one at that)..." (Managing Information Strategies, November 2000)

"Anyone who does business online should buy this book and read it carefully." (QSDG, December 2000)

"The book is an impressive 'how to think' like a hacker." (Supply Management, 16th November 2000)

"Schneier writes with a pleasingly readable style." (MacFormat, December 2000)

"Setting himself apart, Schneier navigates rough terrain without being overly technical or sensational..." (Computer Weekly, 26th October 2000)

"...a very practical guide..." (Webspace, October 2000)

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