John Viega is CTO of the Software-as-a-Service Business Unit atMcAfee, and was previously Vice President, Chief Security Architect atMcAfee. He is an active advisor to several security companies,including Fortify and Bit9, and is the author of a number of securitybooks, including Network Security with OpenSSL (O'Reilly) and BuildingSecure Software (Addison-Wesley).
John is responsible for numerous software security tools and is theoriginal author of Mailman, the popular mailing list manager. He hasdone extensive standards work in the IEEE and IETF, and co-inventedGCM, a cryptographic algorithm that NIST (US Department of Commerce)has standardized. He holds a B.A. and M.S. from the University ofVirginia.
Overall this book was a very fast (you could read it on a short flight), but very good read.
John Viega's latest book "Myths of Security" has something for everyone - from the everyday home computer user to the corporate security analyst.
And the preface is just one big advert for McAfee, even though Viega does bag them a little - just a little - elsewhere in the book.
Two thirds of malware is not detectable with anti-virus products. Most application vendors have a hard enough time just getting their product to work without bugs and they rarely... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Xenon 6
There's not much to say that hasn't been said in the other 3 and below star ratings. I don't doubt Viega's knowledge of the subject matter or even his ability to write, but this... Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. Adkerson
I've been heavily involved in security and network admin for a financial institution for many years, so maybe I'm just not the target audience, but I never felt like I learned... Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by Zachary S. Clobes
In some ways this is a very scary book in that it very clearly explains how impossible that it is to actually secure a computer or network and clearly shows how some options give a... Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Stephen Chapman
Let me start by saying that I DID enjoy the book. It was light reading, informative, and had a somewhat humorous, easy-going approach to the writing. Read morePublished on July 9, 2011 by A. Kelly
I expected much more from John Viega, but this book has so much unsubstantiated opinion and reads like an arrogant and ill thought out blog, that I want to return the book for a... Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by S. Pearson
It is obvious that Mr. Viega is more businessman than techie. The chapters excusing Microsoft and Google for their unethical and incompetent practices is disgusting. Read morePublished on November 10, 2010 by Rusty Shackleford
Like another commentator stated, I am not sure who the intended audience for this book, but if you have at least one MONTH of computer security experience, then you already know... Read morePublished on July 25, 2010 by Mr. Cutzpr
Think about this book as a printed selection of blog posts - some a dozen pages, some half a page. John's essays - all 48 of them - reads like a typical blog: fun views on hot... Read morePublished on November 6, 2009 by Dr Anton Chuvakin