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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118790812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118790816
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the vast majority of essays reveal Schneier's insight and pragmatic approach, which makes this a most important book to read" (RSA Conference, August 2014)

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For years, security sage Bruce Schneier has been warning us about the true security risks in our wired-up world, and revealing the illusions we construct to convince ourselves — wrongly — that we are safe.

He unmasked the smoke and mirrors behind airport security checks that make us feel safer without actually making us safer...why the FBI's wiretapping plan is in fact a boon to the bad guys...how the trust essential to a functioning society has been replaced with security measures that merely alter the level of risk.

Now, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and chemical attacks in Syria, Schneier presents this anthology of more than 155 of his most insightful essays. Here you will find thought-provoking assessments of security and technology; the psychological, human, business, and economic aspects of security; privacy and surveillance; crime, terrorism, spying, and war; liberty and law; and much, much more.

You'll discover

  • Why our computer security is a feudal system
  • How science fiction writers can affect homeland security
  • Why profiling actually makes us less safe
  • The myth of the transparent society
  • Google's and Facebook's privacy illusion
  • Why the FBI and CIA failed to connect the dots on the Boston Marathon bombers
  • The story behind the Stuxnet virus
  • Who should really be in charge of cybersecurity
  • How the US enabled the Chinese hacking of Google
  • Why scanners and sensors are the wrong way to secure the subway system

Embark on this fascinating, unsettling journey into the real world of 21st-century security. And pay attention. Our future is at stake.


More About the Author

Bruce Schneier is the go-to security expert for business leaders and policy makers. His breakthrough book Applied Cryptography (1994, 1998) explained how the arcane science of secret codes actually works, and was described by Wired as "the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published." His business-oriented bestseller Secrets and Lies (2000) was called by Fortune "[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use." Best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator, he has appeared in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on NPR, CNN, and the major networks. He has also testified on security before the United States Congress.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John & Dawn Moehrke on March 22, 2014
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I like Bruce Schneier, so figured this book would be good. But it is just Okay. This book is very much a manufactured book made 99.5% out of his blog or magazine articles. It is only minimally organized. If you keep up with his writings, then this book is of no value, except as a reference. If you don't keep up with Bruce's writing then it is a worthy read.

Although I didn't think the book was good. I am still glad I bought it. Simply for the value my purchase does to the visibility of Bruce's writing and if some money gets back to him, all the better. So I put this in the camp of donations I send to open-source projects that I utilize. That would be a nice function for Amazon to add, a way to donate to open-source projects through amazon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on August 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Bruce Schenier has been called an information security rock star. If that’s the case, then Carry On: Sound Advice from Schneier on Security is his greatest hits collection 2008-2013.

The roughly 175 essays in the book represent a collection of articles Schneier wrote for this Crypto-Gram newsletter, his blog and other blogs, magazines, newspapers and other periodicals.

Some of the articles, such as the 2008 piece Chinese Cyberattacks: Myth of Menace are clearly dated. A number of the other articles are somewhat redundant in that they were written on the same topic for different audiences.

But the vast majority of the essays reveal Schneier’s insight and pragmatic approach, which makes this a most important book to read. You may not agree with Schenier on every point, but every point of his is well researched and defended. Personally, I think his approach to CCTV’s and public cameras as a method for crime reduction needs to be reviewed against current data on the topic.

Many of the essays show his deep frustration with Washington and the politics of security; which has resulted in creating a security theatre dealing with movie-plot threats. Billions of dollars have been spent in this area, with almost nothing to show for it.

Another premise of the book is that most people don’t understand how to deal with risk and end up worrying about things that pose very little risk to them; of which a large number of essays are dedicated to this topic. Schenier notes the fears people have of school shootings, child abduction, mass food poisonings and the like, all of which are extremely rare. They worry about these while being oblivious do automobile deaths, DUI deaths and similar, which pose real and daily risks.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roy Fine on February 10, 2014
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Most of the content is available on Schneier's website - I bought the hard copy to read then have handy on the bookshelf (like Brooks' Mythical Man Month only a lot fresher and significantly more timely).

Some of the notes are a bit dated, but Schneier hits the mark on every one. You may not agree with him on every point, but where you don't he elicits a thought process that in itself is valuable

Entertaining read with some nuggets sprinkled throughout
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Mitchell on March 10, 2014
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For anyone who has followed Bruce Scheneier's blog, read his articles, and works in security (or is an enthusiastic amateur), this book will be somewhat of a disappointment. Although it's no secret that this book is a compilation of old articles and blog posts, the format makes it almost impossible to sit down and read for long stretches of time. The constant repetition of lines, ideas, and scenarios (remember, these were never originally meant to be published together) gives the reader a distracting sense of deja vu that makes it difficult to read the book straight through.
In addition, the short format of each segment means that it's impossible to get into any real depth about a particular subject. While this might be fine for a non-technical reader, I doubt that anyone who is specifically purchasing Bruce Schneier's new book is going to be "non-technical."
However, the content is good. This should be obvious. I mean, it's Bruce Schneier for crying out loud. It's going to have good content. It's worth purchasing to peruse on the bus, be able to look up an interesting article or two when the mood strikes you. It just shouldn't be thought of as a "book" book.
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