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Michael Santarcangelo is a human catalyst. As an expert who speaks on information protection -- including compliance, privacy and awareness -- Michael energizes and inspires his audiences to change how they protect information. His passion and approach gets results that change behaviors. As a full member of the National Speakers Association, Michael is known for delivering substantial content in a way that is energetic and entertaining. Michael connects with those he works with, and helps them engage in natural and comfortable ways - he literally makes security relevant and simple to understand! Michael pioneers new ways to engage others in the process of information protection. He has created the Security Salon to facilitate the exchange of ideas in a way that allows people to learn and apply their knowledge for immediate results and program success. In 2007, Michael was named one of the The 59 Top Influencers in IT Security, and was selected to serve on the Symantec Advisory Council. He actively supports various industry associations and remains a secure member of the FBI InfraGard program. Michael is a graduate of Cornell University. When not traveling North America in their RV, Michael and his family reside in Upstate NY.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Catalyst Media (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981636306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981636306
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I just finished a book by Michael Santarcangelo entitled Into the Breach: Protect your Business by Managing People, Information, and Risk. I am ashamed to admit that I hadn't run across this book sooner and didn't know about it until after I was a guest on Michael's Podcast a few weeks back. At 110 pages the book is a quick read but don't let that fool you - there is a lot of information in here.

The book is aimed at executives and other decision makers and not at technical information security professionals themselves. That is not to say that there isn't value in here for the technically minded as long as they remember that they are not the targeted audience. There are a few things in here that might actually cause the technically focused some anguish but if they are honest with themselves and take a step back they should admit that what Michael says is true.

Into the Breach is the book that I wanted to write. I share Michael's perspective on many of the topics discussed and have come to the same conclusions, although independently. We attack the problem from different angles but we share so much in common that I'm left to wonder if the differences are merely trivial. As I read the book I heard my own thoughts being echoed back to me more than a few times. I found new and interesting perspectives on issues that I have worked hard to solve and I even learned a few things (which means that it was time well spent.)

The book is broken up into three parts. The first part explains the human factors at play in any environment and seeks to provide a understanding of the human factors as they relate to protecting information. I really couldn't find fault with anything I read in this section.
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Format: Hardcover
I began my information security career in 1998 as a consultant. My first client was a military organization. In the military, getting people to adhere to infosec policies is easy - everyone is required to follow the rules, and there are clear and unequivocal consequences for those who choose not to.

I've spent the rest of my career in business, and out here it's a different story. It's generally ineffective to "order" anyone to adhere to policy, and there are countless good reasons why people won't do it at any given time. I've seen millions of dollars wasted on the latest silver bullet technologies to fix what is fundamentally a human problem. Of course the problem remains, and now we're throwing good money after bad to support the new tools.

Michael's book is the first to call a spade a spade and address the human problem with a human solution. By taking away the intermediaries that cause end-users to feel disengaged from their responsibilities, he transforms the problem itself (end-users) into the solution. It's not rocket science, it doesn't cost millions of dollars, there's nothing to support for eternity, and best of all, it works!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Michael does an amazing job in setting out a new way of thinking through information security and compliance issues. His simple, intuitive, and (to be quite honest) very overlooked ideas that "people want to do the right thing at their jobs" married up with "how to effectively communicate the security and compliance needs and concerns" has been critical for me in my CISO role. Turning the people that we've traditionally seen as "the Problem" into our allies and friends is *crucial* in today's reality of compressed/non-existent budgets, reduced staffing, and ever evolving compliance requirements. Michael shows, in steps that are based in reality and experience, how to make that change.

So many of the other books in this genre (and I've read many of them) take a technologists approach to solving problems. To be sure - there is a time and place for that. But if you want to get at the root of your issues, if you really want to understand the problems, and if you really want to get the most powerful leverage you can get to create an effective program you *must* read this book.
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Format: Hardcover
Michael J. Santarcangelo, II has written a little book titled Into the Breach. The preview copy I have has 91 pages of content, but I want to make something very clear, the ideas in this little book are big, very big.

The subtitle of the book is "Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information, and Risk." Seems pretty straight forward, doesn't it? However, those of us in the information security profession are painfully aware that actually doing what that simple statement says is often far from straight forward.

Michael wants to help us with the issue and puts forth a process that can greatly increase our ability to satisfy that statement in a manner that brings engagement from all parts of the organization. At its root, Micahel's strategy makes protecting the data of our organizations everybody's job, not just information technologies job, but it does so in a way that re-energized everybody by giving them a voice in what is important and what is not.

He starts out the book by introducing and addressing three common myths that crop up when we start talking about protecting our organization's data from unauthorized access or "breach":

1. "Outsiders pose the biggest threat to information."
2. "Information protection needs a technology solution."
3. "Protecting information costs too much."

Throughout the rest of the book, he walks us through a process that is simple in its execution, but profound in what it provides to those who participate in it. I'm not going to steal Michael's thunder. I am going to suggest that you pick up a copy of his book and read it...twice...at least. If you do and implement the strategies contained in it, you will be much better equipped to "Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information, and Risk" and reducing the chances that your data will go "Into the Breach."

Kevin
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