Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World / Edition 1

Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World / Edition 1

by Bruce Schneier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387026207

ISBN-13: 9780387026206

Pub. Date: 05/04/2003

Publisher: Springer New York

In "Beyond Fear," Bruce Schneier invites us to take a critical look at not just the threats to our security, but the ways in which we're encouraged to think about security by law enforcement agencies, businesses of all shapes and sizes, and our national governments and militaries. Schneier believes we all can and should be better security consumers, and that the

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In "Beyond Fear," Bruce Schneier invites us to take a critical look at not just the threats to our security, but the ways in which we're encouraged to think about security by law enforcement agencies, businesses of all shapes and sizes, and our national governments and militaries. Schneier believes we all can and should be better security consumers, and that the trade-offs we make in the name of security - in terms of cash outlays, taxes, inconvenience, and diminished freedoms - should be part of an ongoing negotiation in our personal, professional, and civic lives, and the subject of an open and informed national discussion.

With a well-deserved reputation for original and sometimes iconoclastic thought, Schneier has a lot to say that is provocative, counter-intuitive, and just plain good sense. He explains in detail, for example, why we need to design security systems that don't just work well, but fail well, and why secrecy on the part of government often undermines security. A skeptic of much that's promised by highly touted technologies like biometrics, Schneier is also a refreshingly positive, problem-solving force in the often self-dramatizing and fear-mongering world of security pundits.

Schneier helps the reader to understand the issues at stake, and how to best come to one's own conclusions, including the vast infrastructure we already have in place, and the vaster systems—some useful, others useless or worse—that we're being asked to submit to and pay for.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387026206
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
05/04/2003
Edition description:
1st ed. 2003. Corr. 2nd printing 2006
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
371,951
Product dimensions:
9.26(w) x 6.16(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1Sensible Security
1All Security Involves Trade-offs3
2Security Trade-offs Are Subjective17
3Security Trade-offs Depend on Power and Agenda33
Pt. 2How Security Works
4Systems and How They Fail47
5Knowing the Attackers59
6Attackers Never Change Their Tunes, Just Their Instruments73
7Technology Creates Security Imbalances87
8Security Is a Weakest-Link Problem103
9Brittleness Makes for Bad Security119
10Security Revolves Around People133
11Detection Works Where Prevention Fails147
12Detection Is Useless Without Response167
13Identification, Authentication, and Authorization181
14All Countermeasures Have Some Value, But No Countermeasure Is Perfect207
15Fighting Terrorism233
Pt. 3The Game of Security
16Negotiating for Security257
17Security Demystified271
Author's Note282
Acknowledgments283
Index285

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