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Posted April 21, 2004
You and your computer face a dizzying array of security threats, writes tech consultant Joel McNamara. Competitors, cops, crooks and even disgruntled kin would love a peek at your hard drive. But don¿t hyperventilate just yet. If you calmly analyze the desirability and vulnerability of your secrets, you can figure out how to protect yourself. McNamara¿s prose is surprisingly clear given the degree of difficulty of his topic, and he offers a number of useful sidebars, charts and examples from inside the tech business to juice up his instructional tome. We suggest this practical book to managers charged with protecting corporate data, and to people who are unsure just how safe their computers are.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 25, 2003
Wow! Great book!
Joel McNamara's book is one of the very, very, few books that I classify as a 'Must Read' for anyone involved in business or technology. This book does an amazing job of avoiding the 'paranoia for paranoia's sake' tone seen so often in computer security books while still taking the issues seriously and discussing them intellegently. The conversational tone is fun and often quite funny while not making the user feel talked down to. And Mr. McNamara does an equally great job of explaining very complex topics in way that works for both extremely sophisticated computer technology professionals and non-techies alike. I've brought this book around for side-discussions in the seminars I've given since it came out and my students, ranging from small business owners to 30+ year professional tech veterans in Fortune 50s have learned new and important lessons from it. For a book to address all these audiences is rare. For a book to succeed and be invaluable for all of them is virtually unheard of. This book succeeds amazingly well. I've not only read the book through in one sitting, I keep referring back to it and it's incredibly useful web site on a regular basis. Joel, thank you for writing one of the key books of the year!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.