"...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)
From the Inside Flap
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.
- 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.