News in the Category “Beyond Fear”

Review of the Book Beyond Fear

  • Erik Tews
  • IACR Book Reviews
  • March 11, 2010

1. Summary of the review

Bruce Schneier's Beyond Fear is a book about security in general. In contrast to many other books, Schneier explains how security works in the most general case, starting from protecting your diary of your sister to protecting the nation from global terrorism. Schneier's book does not focus on cryptography or network security, instead it uses examples of systems everyone is expected to be familiar with.

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Books: Schneier's Beyond Fear; O'Reilly's Network Security; Global Whistleblowing

  • Privacy Times
  • June 8, 2004

Excerpt

Here are some recently released top-quality books:

Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security In An Uncertain World, by Bruce Schneier. Schneier continues proving himself a leading thinker on security issues, in part because he continues to evolve from an expert who first approached security as a techno-centrist to one who now sees security as a process involving a broader set of factors, including power, agenda, bureaucracy and people. A goal of the latest book is to take the lessons that Schneier has learned in his computer security work and apply them to other security concerns, like protecting the nation from terrorist attacks, or protecting homes from burglars.

A theme of this latest book, Schneier's third in a series, is that "security" always involves "trade-offs." He outlines five steps for evaluating a security program's worth: (1) What assets are you trying to protect?

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Review of Beyond Fear

  • Michael Brady
  • Security Management
  • April 2004

Bruce Schneier is perhaps the best example of why IT security professionals are "eating the lunch" of physical security managers in some corporations. He thinks creatively, he expresses himself logically, and he has cultivated the ear of people high on the corporate food chain. His latest book will be food for thought for security professionals.

Beyond Fear is organized into three sections: "Sensible Security," "How Security Works," and "The Game of Security." The first section introduces three of Schneier's core concepts: that all security involves trade-offs, that trade-offs are subjective, and that they depend on power and agenda.

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Beyond Fear a Security Primer for Troubled Minds

  • Thomas C. Greene
  • The Register
  • February 17, 2004

It's a rare security book that can raise awareness without resorting to sensationalism, but Bruce Schneier's recent title Beyond Fear is one of them. It covers the theory behind both good and bad security practices, though it's not a manual. It does not explain how to make whatever you wish to defend more secure, but it will help you to think clearly about how to do that.

The book clearly defines the essential concepts and basic practices behind security in all areas of life.

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Beyond Fear into Reason

  • M. E. Kabay
  • Network World
  • February 17, 2004

Bruce Schneier has been one of my heroes for many years, not least because of the clarity of his thought and the crispness of his writing. Readers of this column have seen references in the past to his free monthly Crypto-Gram newsletter, and I hope you have subscribed to that always-worthwhile publication.

In 2000, Schneier published a groundbreaking primer for non-nerds called Secrets & Lies in which he confronted many misunderstandings and outright myths about security in the digital realm. In 2003, he continued his educational efforts with Beyond Fear, a superb analysis of the basis of rational thought about security in the wider world—not just computers and networks.

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Fears—Real and Illusory

  • Paul Glister
  • News & Observer
  • January 21, 2004

In 1996, a man named Willis Robinson reprogrammed a computerized cash register at a Taco Bell in Maryland. The compromised machine would ring a $2.99 item internally as a one-cent sale, even as it showed the proper amount on its screen. Robinson skimmed $3,600 from his employer. He was caught only because he bragged about his exploits.

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Review of Beyond Fear

  • Peter Villiers
  • Merengue
  • January 2004
"That's just it, Peter. We have to appear to know what's happening, and what it means. Even if we don't really know very much about either."

Unnamed police informant to the reviewer. Source report graded B 2 (NATO system).

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Photo of Bruce Schneier by Per Ervland.

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