Schneier on Security

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You take off your shoes in the airport. You scan thesupermarket's "preferred customer" card to get the sale price. Youclaw your way through tamper-resistant packaging for a couple ofaspirin. You accept all these inconveniences in the name ofsecurity.

But are you any safer?

Bruce Schneier, arguably the world's foremost authority oncomputer security, has explored security issues ranging fromprotecting your password to illegal wiretapping. This ...

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Overview

You take off your shoes in the airport. You scan thesupermarket's "preferred customer" card to get the sale price. Youclaw your way through tamper-resistant packaging for a couple ofaspirin. You accept all these inconveniences in the name ofsecurity.

But are you any safer?

Bruce Schneier, arguably the world's foremost authority oncomputer security, has explored security issues ranging fromprotecting your password to illegal wiretapping. This collection ofSchneier's best op-ed pieces, columns, and blog posts goes beyondtechnology, offering his insight into everything from the risk ofidentity theft (vastly overrated) to the long-range security threatof unchecked presidential power and the surprisingly simple way totamper-proof elections. You'll discover:

  • Why data mining will never protect us from terrorists
  • How your stone-age brain affects what you fear and what securitymeasures you accept
  • Why computer security is fundamentally an economic problem
  • Whether you can really trust a Trusted Traveler
  • If sacrificing your privacy has made you more secure
  • Why refusing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants actuallyreduces security
  • The industry power struggle over controlling your computer
  • Why we overestimate some risks and underestimate others
  • Why national ID cards won't make us safer, only poorer
  • . . . and much more

This book will challenge your illusions of security at everylevel. Think it's okay to give up your privacy if you're doingnothing wrong? What happens when "wrong" gets redefined? How muchpower over your personal life are you willing to concede to theperson you least want to see as president? What's the acceptabletrade-off between security and convenience?

In this ruthless, comprehensive, and thought-provoking analysis,Schneier shows us what we should be worrying about and how to getour national fingers off the panic button.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470395356
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/29/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 699,196
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Schneier
Bruce Schneier has been called the security industry's equivalent of a rock star. An internationally renowned security technologist, he is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. The bestselling author of eight books, including Applied Cryptography, Secrets and Lies, and Beyond Fear, he has written articles and commentary that have appeared in numerous prominent publications and has testified before Congress on security issues. Schneier maintains the extremely popular "Schneier on Security" blog (www.schneier.com/blog).
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Table of Contents

1. Terrorism and Security.

2. National Security Policy.

3. Airline Travel.

4. Privacy and Surveillance.

5. ID Cards and Security.

6. Election Security.

7. Security and Disasters.

8. Economics of Security.

9. Business of Security.

10. Cybercrime and Cyberwar.

11. Computer and Information Security.

References.

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