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on April 13, 2016
A solid, well-written insight into the personal and national security implications of the vulnerability of the internet and cyber systems. Engaging stories and data that illustrate the truly mind-boggling and sometimes chilling reality of our current cyber infrastructure and its lack of protection from cyberwarfare, piracy, etc. A good read that leaves you much more informed.
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on May 28, 2014
Very little information qualifies as Needed By Everyone, but Brenner's book falls into that category. Whether you read this version or America the Vulnerable, as it was previously published, if you are unfamiliar with the world of information security, cyber espionage, cyber crime, and intellectual property theft, you will likely be completely stunned. And when you are finished being stunned, you'll graduate to infuriated because you'll realize that both the private and public sectors have been aware of what is at stake for many years and have taken no actions of real consequence.

The book is written in an easy to read narrative prose, doesn't bog the reader down with technical jargon, and doesn't waste print. Every chapter is sharp, relevant, concise, and clear.

When Richard Clarke published Cyber War, widely considered essential reading on the subject, many called him an alarmist. Maybe, maybe not. Whichever, Clarke did himself no favors by not including any notes or bibliographic data, so everything he wrote has to be taken at face value. Brenner includes over 40 densely packed pages of references the reader can check.

This is an important book. The kind of changes Brenner proposes, many of which would unarguably be wise decisions, will require voter and shareholder action, because those in position to make the changes have so far proven themselves unwilling.
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on February 24, 2015
A chilling appraisal of the horrors of what's happening to us in cyberspace. The author is an expert and has aan exceptional background in the inner workings of the current faces of espionage that seriously (frighteningly) are attacking us. It's his sincere call for the government and our corporate "leaders" to get to work and accomplish effective policies to correct this evil. This book will enlighten you and hopefully motivate you to influence the influencers.
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on March 19, 2014
If you have read other books on this topic, you will find little news in this one. In particular, while I am surprised the author could be as candid as he was given his background, there is undoubtedly some information that he cannot discuss, a fact that he mentions. Throughout the book there is a steady drumbeat of his key themes, which does tend to get a bit old. All in all, however, his observations and recommendations are on the whole well thought out. Well worth the read.
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on January 5, 2014
Glass Houses is full of information and illustrative stories that help highlight the basic issues as well as provide some technical detail. While I presume that most experienced information assurance professionals are familiar with the nature and specific threats described herein, this book is good for those with no knowledge or those like me who had limited knowledge of the issues and that are looking to get a better understanding of them. The issues in the book are at the forefront of society today, and this is an excellent source for becoming a better informed citizen.
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on May 15, 2014
I recently read "Glass Houses" along with two other books on cyberwarfare in an effort to better understand the topic and all of its many challenges. The two other books were "Cyber War" by Richard Clarke and "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar" by P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman. This review and rating is about "Glass Houses," but I will compare and contrast it with the other two so as to help guide your buying decision.

For the most part, all three books are fairly similar. They all present the major challenges the U.S. must address in cybersecurity such as attribution, the asymmetric nature of cyberwar, the bleeding of information to China, the vulnerability of the critical infrastructure systems in the U.S., and our reluctance to fix most of these issues despite knowing about them for more than a decade. All the major events of cyberwarfare are also thoroughly covered and you can expect a fictional "worst case" scenario of what a full scale cyberwar would look like in the U.S..

Where the books differ is in their presentation and emphasis. "Glass Houses" is more broad in scope than the other two. Rather than focusing solely on cyberwar, the topic of transparency is considered as it relates to cyberwar, the individual computer user, and the U.S. intelligence community as a whole. Especially effective was Joel's use of sources. He writes in a manner that sparks interest and then immediately provides an avenue for you to explore more deeply into the subject.

By far the easiest to read, "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar", is structured in a conversational question/answer format from beginning to end and seems to be geared towards the general public and educating the masses. I found this book to be the least biased of the three with equal representation being given to both sides of all the major issues.

Written by the former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism, "Cyber War" provides an insider's look at the cyberwar landscape. Richard Clarke's background is clearly the advantage here and personal anecdotes provide much more than just page-filler. There is strong emphasis on policy and problem-resolution throughout and a comparison is made between nuclear policy during the cold war and the challenges of cyber policy today.

As all three books are very well written and researched, personal preference and your particular area of interest will likely be the largest factor in your buying decision. I can only hope this review will help you in that endeavor.
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on January 1, 2014
This book is perfect for understanding the defense and national security perspective of the issues that have come to the fore after the advent of WikiLeaks, the Snowden revelations and other current events. This should be essential reading for the modern citizen.
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on July 13, 2015
A great overview of the challenge to America of cyber insecurity by the former DNI Counterintelligence Coordination Executive.
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on August 11, 2016
Very good!
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on December 23, 2013
If you think your data is safe, you better read this book. The NSA is not whom you should worry about. A must read for ANY internet user.
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