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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 38 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: ScottSchober.com
- Audible.com Release Date: February 18, 2016
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B01BU5YHIY
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People love stories, and business owners need to know more than just facts - they need to hear real-life accounts. Such an account is given in Hacked Again. Simply giving facts can lead to an increased anxiety when those facts are not tied to one’s experience. Hacked Again starts with a business owner’s account of living through and with being hacked (including his thoughts, feelings, and actions) - multiple times.
It proceeds with important overviews of important security topics (e.g., passwords, phishing, insider threat), and ends with details and lessons from some of the larger breaches (at least form the time it was published). There are plenty of breaches to discuss, but choosing the right ones with pertinent lessons is vital. Scott does that here.
Scott goes into what I consider just enough detail of the topics to keep a non-tech business leader interested but not embroiled (there’s a fine line between appealing information and pedantry).
I learned from a musician several years ago that “A clean show never offends anyone.” Scott has attained that here. I have no issue letting our kids read this (while there’s a quote from a customer who says “he**,” it's easily handled by an audience able to handle the business content of this book).
I approached it with the stated audience in mind - business owners. As I progressed through it, I kept slipping into the desire to have more specifics and technical details (e.g., on two-factor authentication), but I had to bring myself back to the intended audience. Given that the intended audience is people who need to know about the topic, but not necessarily the specifics, the topics are covered in enough detail to provide the requisite knowledge for an owner or leader to make an informed decision. It’s been said that “Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.” Business owners need to be aware enough of what’s going on to be able to make proper decisions as to products and services for their companies.
The topic of cybersecurity can be mystifying, with all of the lingo and jargon thrown around, and the drastic pace and rapid proliferation of articles on “do these 10 things now!” can make for a discouraging learning curve. Business owners have enough trouble with their day-to-day operations, without having to learn a new language and invest all kinds of time and money in iffy new products/services. When the frequent solution to a security problem is a product or service, Scott offers the real gateway to the solutions - education.
I appreciate that the language is not dumbed down. It’s approachable. That approachability makes it a quick and entertaining read (I think - though I my work is infosec, so I already understand the terms). And the layout of the chapters makes it possible to read a chapter at one sitting, and still learn something without depending on the next or previous chapter.
I just recently gave a talk on cybersecurity to business owners, and received several requests for help in educating their employees on cybersecurity. This book will be one of the resources I will highly recommend.