Ben’s Book of the Month: Review of “InSecurity: Why a Failure to Attract and Retain Women in Cybersecurity is Making Us All Less Safe”

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To address the lack of women in cyber security, a new book is out dealing with that in InSecurity: Why a Failure to Attract and Retain Women in Cybersecurity is Making Us All Less Safe (Rethink Press 978-1781332696) by Jane Frankland. In this interesting book, she brings to light detail ... Read More

Ben’s Book of the Month: Review of “Machine Learning and Security: Protecting Systems with Data and Algorithms”

Machine learning and security are all the rage. With the RSA Conference a little more than 2 weeks away, there will be plenty of firms on the expo floor touting their security solutions based on AI, deep learning, and machine learning. In Machine Learning and Security: Protecting Systems with Data ... Read More

Ben’s Book of the Month: Review of “The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): A Practical Guide”

It was about 20 years ago that the Y2K problem had firms scrambling to fix the issue. At its core, it was a rather simple problem to fix. Firms just had to change a 2-digit year field to a 4-digit field. But the devil, as always, was in the details ... Read More

Ben’s Book of the Month: Review of “Securing DevOps: Safe Services in The Cloud”

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Last year, one of my book of the month selections was The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations (IT Revolution Press 978-1942788003), by Gene Kim, Patrick Debois, John Willis and Jez Humble. As noted at DevOpsSec, the challenge facing DevOps teams today, however, ... Read More

Ben’s Book of the Month: Review of “Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA”

One of the mistakes when questioning what Edward Snowden did, is that it is often framed in a yes or no framework. Questions like “was Snowden a patriot or a traitor?” and “was he right or wrong?” are ill-chosen given the complexity of what he did and exposed. In Beyond ... Read More

Book Review: The Woman Who Smashed Codes

One of the challenges of working for the NSA, is that employees don’t have the freedom to share what they do with the professional community at large. Whether it is blogging, writing articles, participating in industry meetings or the like, NSA employees simply can’t do that. It’s not just the ... Read More

Ben’s Book of the Month: Review of “Hacking the Hacker: Learn From the Experts Who Take Down Hackers”

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As 2017 closes, this month’s theme is hackers and threats. We focus on the growing underground economy, advanced threats, APTs, new classes of vulnerabilities, exploitation techniques, reverse engineering and how to combat these growing information security problems. When it comes to learning the ins and outs of hacking, the various ... Read More

Book review: Serious Cryptography: A Practical Introduction to Modern Encryption

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Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead noted that modern philosophy is simply a series of footnotes to Plato. When it comes to cryptography, much of it is simply footnotes to Bruce Schneier’s classic work Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms and Source Code in C. In Serious Cryptography: A Practical Introduction to Modern Encryption ... Read More

Ben’s Book of the Month: Review of “How Healthcare Data Privacy Is Almost Dead … and What Can Be Done to Revive It!”

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This month’s theme is security strategy & operations. Some questions include: what makes a good cybersecurity strategy? What policies and procedures should you have in place to ensure your employees, customers and sensitive data remain safe? If you believe John Trinckes in How Healthcare Data Privacy Is Almost Dead ... Read More

Book Review: Why CISOs Fail: The Missing Link in Security Management–and How to Fix It

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A recurring complaint of many executives when berating their CISO, is that they’ve spent exorbitant amounts on information security and often don’t have a lot to show for it. In Why CISOs Fail: The Missing Link in Security Management--and How to Fix It (Auerbach Publications 978-1138197893) author Barak Engel shows ... Read More
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