Glass Houses: Privacy, Secrecy, and Cyber Insecurity in a Transparent World

Glass Houses: Privacy, Secrecy, and Cyber Insecurity in a Transparent World

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by Joel Brenner
     
 

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A chilling and revelatory appraisal of the new faces of espionage and warfare on the digital battleground

Shortly after 9/11, Joel Brenner entered the inner sanctum of American espionage, first as the inspector general of the National Security Agency, then as the head of counterintelligence for the director of National Intelligence. He saw at close range…  See more details below

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A chilling and revelatory appraisal of the new faces of espionage and warfare on the digital battleground

Shortly after 9/11, Joel Brenner entered the inner sanctum of American espionage, first as the inspector general of the National Security Agency, then as the head of counterintelligence for the director of National Intelligence. He saw at close range the battleground on which adversaries are attacking us: cyberspace.

Like the rest of us, governments and corporations inhabit “glass houses,” all but transparent to a new generation of spies who operate remotely from such places as China, the Middle East, Russia, and even France. In this urgent wake-up call, Brenner draws on his extraordinary background to show what we can—and cannot—do to prevent cyber spies and hackers from compromising our security and stealing our latest technology.

Editorial Reviews

Christian Science Monitor
“A compelling, readable narrative…[America the Vulnerable] should be required reading on Capitol Hill and in the West Wing."

Discover
“A public service announcement of the most urgent sort, this engrossing book reveals how our lack of cyber savvy, both as individuals and as a nation, is exposing us to extraordinary risks…thought-provoking reading from an expert witness.”
Vint Cerf
“If you have a responsibility for protecting intellectual property, trade secrets and other instruments of successful business; if you are responsible for protecting national information and technology interests then you have a responsibility to read this book. Bring a change of underwear.”
Joseph Nye
“Cybercrime, espionage, and warfare are among the great challenges of this century, but as Joel Brenner argues, we are woefully ill-prepared to meet them. Drawing on history, law, economics, common sense, and his rare experience in counterintelligence, Brenner deftly describes the problems and offers a series of very practical solutions. This book is both well written and convincing.”
Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton
America the Vulnerable offers an expert’s keen insight into the netherworld of cyberrisk.  Rich in facts, stories, and analysis, the book is a clarion call for more effective cyberpolicies and practices in both the government and private sector. America should take heed.”
Richard Clarke
“Brenner takes us inside the daily battle in the world of cyber espionage, where China and others are stealing American corporations' 'secret sauce.' He shows us the on-going cyber war that the US is losing.”
Eliot Cohen
 “Joel Brenner is a quiet hero—a lawyer who, after 9/11, forsook a prosperous life to serve the United States on a different kind of front line: the world of intelligence. He has written a book about cyberspace, that will inform his fellow citizens—and should trouble them deeply. Any reader, casually familiar with the hacking and computer mischief that one reads about daily, will nonetheless be appalled at what he learns here about the scope of cyberespionage, crime, and malicious action that has already been directed against private citizens, corporations, and the government.  A lucid, scary, and very important book.”
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“A compelling, readable narrative…[America the Vulnerable] should be required reading on Capitol Hill and in the West Wing." — Christian Science Monitor

“A public service announcement of the most urgent sort, this engrossing book reveals how our lack of cyber savvy, both as individuals and as a nation, is exposing us to extraordinary risks…thought-provoking reading from an expert witness.” — Discover

“If you have a responsibility for protecting intellectual property, trade secrets and other instruments of successful business; if you are responsible for protecting national information and technology interests then you have a responsibility to read this book. Bring a change of underwear.” — Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google

“Cybercrime, espionage, and warfare are among the great challenges of this century, but as Joel Brenner argues, we are woefully ill-prepared to meet them. Drawing on history, law, economics, common sense, and his rare experience in counterintelligence, Brenner deftly describes the problems and offers a series of very practical solutions. This book is both well written and convincing.” — Joseph Nye, author of Soft Power and The Future of Power

America the Vulnerable offers an expert’s keen insight into the netherworld of cyberrisk.  Rich in facts, stories, and analysis, the book is a clarion call for more effective cyberpolicies and practices in both the government and private sector. America should take heed.” — Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton, author of The Art of Intelligence

“Brenner takes us inside the daily battle in the world of cyber espionage, where China and others are stealing American corporations' 'secret sauce.' He shows us the on-going cyber war that the US is losing.” — Richard Clarke, author of Cyber War and Against All Enemies

 “Joel Brenner is a quiet hero—a lawyer who, after 9/11, forsook a prosperous life to serve the United States on a different kind of front line: the world of intelligence. He has written a book about cyberspace, that will inform his fellow citizens—and should trouble them deeply. Any reader, casually familiar with the hacking and computer mischief that one reads about daily, will nonetheless be appalled at what he learns here about the scope of cyberespionage, crime, and malicious action that has already been directed against private citizens, corporations, and the government.  A lucid, scary, and very important book.” — Eliot Cohen, author of Supreme Command and Conquered into Liberty

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698143678
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
690,134
File size:
773 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Joel Brenner is the former senior counsel at the National Security Agency, where he advised on legal and policy issues relating to network security. He lives and practices law in Washington, D.C.

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America the Vulnerable 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An eye opening worthwhile read, that I perpetually refer back to as a starting point for all research on cyber security.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joel Brenner's ''Glass Houses'' is an in-depth look into the world of domestic security. There is no one better to tell the stories of U.S intelligence issues and secrecy. Brenner is the former senior counsel at the National Security Agency where he was in charge of keeping U.S. intelligence safe from foreign spies. The first chapter tells of a time when Chinese intelligence spies were able to hack into the United States intelligence computers and stole so much information that it was unknown. The problem here was that nobody had encrypted the information so it could not be tracked; the information was lost.  From this story on, Brenner's accounts of his days back in the NSA are interesting to read about as citizens rarely get to see what goes on behind the scenes of the NSA. This book is incredibly helpful to read in today’s world as so much news is going on with Snowden and all the NSA phone tapping. The book focuses on how secrecy and privacy are very hard to find when technology is advancing so quickly. It is important to keep citizens safe as the NSA continues to argue; however, Brenner does make a point that it is the job of citizens to keep themselves safe, not the government’s job.  I really enjoyed the detail Brenner was able to go into with some of the stories he told as usually anything that has to do with intelligence is “top secret” and only a privileged few can know details. Brenner tries to keep the writing lively, but the book covers a very serious topic and can sometimes be dry. I only had a few times when the reading was slow. Other than that it was gripping and I wanted to know more. This book is for anybody who likes history and learning about United States secrets as this book gives you both.