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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439856184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439856185
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"… a practical, application-oriented introduction to security education and literacy. While the information is technical enough to provide value to information systems professionals, the organization around specific topics makes it accessible to non-technical users looking for information on specific issues. … the book would be appropriate for an upper-division introductory course on information security … a good book for use in educational training programs developed by corporate information security managers. Technical information security professionals could also benefit from reading the book. … the material is well-written and effectively organized."
—W.T. Neumann, Computing Reviews, March 2013

"User error was manifest last week when it was detailed that the New York Times was penetrated over the course of four months by Chinese hackers who infiltrated its network and obtained passwords for a significant amount of the Times reporters and employees. Attempting to alleviate such user error issues, Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World is a helpful security awareness book. … The book provides information about essential security topics in an easy-to-read manner. … a worthwhile guide for an organization to have in their information security awareness program. It provides the reader with an understanding and appreciation for the magnitude of computer security. Had the New York Times employees been aware of the risks and taken actions as written in Computer Security Literacy, odds are that the effects would have been much less, and they wouldn’t have been a cover story in their own periodical."
—Ben Rothke, RSA Conference.com, February 2013

"… a good primer for laypersons who use computers, giving this audience a broad understanding of important points. … Recommended"
—S.A. Patton, Indiana State University in CHOICE Magazine, June 2013


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Very well written and accessible to the general reader.
JC
This is one of the best books I've read on computer security, and no I don't know or have any affiliation with the authors or anything like that.
Jim Rogers
It has a lot of good information about protecting oneself when online.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Rogers on April 4, 2013
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This is one of the best books I've read on computer security, and no I don't know or have any affiliation with the authors or anything like that. I'm just someone who wants to know more about computer and internet security to avoid online scams, getting hacked and becoming an identity theft victim.

The book is in color and the diagrams used are simple and well explained (click on the "Look Inside" to view part of the book). To explain concepts, the authors selects every day, easy to relate to analogies like a post office letter for network routing. The one thing I didn't like was the lack of an index in the back.

I think the book is written at a level one might find used for a first year introductory college course on computer security. The authors don't assume you have a background in computer science or engineering. Rather as someone else pointed out in their review, the book is written more for the layman.

I debated whether to buy this book because there's a lot of free security information available on the internet that covers the same topics as the book. But what I found was the internet has a lot of wrong, outdated and conflicting information which can leave you vulnerable when it comes to computer security. I felt it's worth the price of the book to make sure I had the latest (as of 2012) and right information (the authors are an Iowa State professor and a program manager at Microsoft) so I purchased the book and I don't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on February 4, 2013
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One of the most important papers on computer security and usability was Why Johnny Can't Encrypt, A Usability Evaluation of PGP 5.0 by Alma Whitten and J.D. Tygar. They noted that user errors cause or contribute to most computer security failures.

User error was manifest last week when it was detailed that the New York Times was penetrated over the course of four months by Chinese hackers who infiltrated its network and obtained passwords for a significant amount of the Times reporters and employees.

Attempting to alleviate such user error issues, Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World is a helpful security awareness book.

The book is written for the non-technical user, and attempts to provide a thorough overview of all areas where they need to be aware of the information security and privacy risks.

Critical areas such as phishing, malware, social engineering, email issue, e-commerce and more.

The book provides information about essential security topics in an easy to read manner.

While the book is intended for non-technical users, it does take a somewhat technical slant. For those readers that are comfortable with command-line edits and other configuration changes, they will not be intimidated by this book.

Overall, Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World is a worthwhile guide for an organization to have in their information security awareness program. It provides the reader with an understanding and appreciation for the magnitude of computer security.

Had the New York Times employees been aware of the risks and taken actions as written in Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World, odds are that the effects would have been much less, and they wouldn't have been a cover story in their own periodical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael GreenGold on February 11, 2014
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"Computer Security Literacy : Staying Safe In A Digital World, Circa 12.2012" in its 14+ Chapters, 344+ Pages seeks to educate US, the non-technical user, at the user layer, and focuses on practical topics that WE are likely to encounter on a regular basis...It has long been recognized that WE, the user, are the weakest link in the Security chain..."Computer Security Literacy", a hands-on, in-depth user guide, provides relevant knowledge & information in our multiple daily uses of Information Technology...Going Forward, WE, the user, often have the greatest impact in the Security of our Computers and Information, as it turns out, by the Results of the Actions that WE do or do not perform..."Computer Security Literacy" provides practical Security education to give US, the user, the context to make sound Security decisions!!!...>>> Michael ...
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