In Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know®, New York Times best-selling author P. W. Singer and noted cyberexpert Allan Friedman team up to provide the kind of deeply informative resource book that has been missing on a crucial issue of 21st-century life. Written in a lively, accessible style, filled with engaging stories and illustrative anecdotes, the book is structured around the key question areas of cyberspace and its security: how it all works, why it all matters, and what we can do.
Along the way, they take listeners on a tour of the important (and entertaining) issues and characters of cybersecurity, from the Anonymous hacker group and the Stuxnet computer virus to the new cyberunits of the Chinese and US militaries. Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know® is the definitive account of the subject for us all, which comes not a moment too soon.
©2014 P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman (P)2016 Tantor
"The timely book brings thoughtful, witty, and balanced analysis to this very important emerging discussion." (The Atlantic)
I would only recommend this to someone looking for the backstory on alot of the larger "cyber" stories that have hit the headlines over the past few years
Told in a very competent manner, never too technically heavy, and only sometimes too light.
Overall, don't listen to this book expecting to come out with l33t hacking skills. They barely skim over the technical "how to" in passing. If you're looking for a technical manual, look else where.
But this does give you some of the back story, and elaborates further on matters such as StuxNet, and other headline grabbing cyber stories. If you're already well versed in InfoSec, you may not gain too much from this audiobook, but it acts as a good introduction.
I enjoyed it, and would recommend it with these caveats.
"Let's hope there is not a sequel"
This is my least enjoyable book from audible even including those I returned. The author seems lost interest in the subject early in the book feeling the pages with poorly connecting data to the main theme and he uses metaphors that are disjointed bringing added confusion rather than clarity.
By the time the end of the book the pages run on with filler as if to make a page quota. Add to this is a narrator whose sing song delivery is more fitting narrating a book on the joy of kite flying than what is supposed to be a serious subject.
This book is not the concise and crisp covering of the subject matter I hoped it would be.
"Excellent Book on Cyber"
The narrator was good, not boring. The content itself provided a good baseline knowledge of a complex subject. Well researched and articulated. It may have seemed redundant in places, but that only helps to comprehend the large amount of information presented.
"from a cyber immigrant"
well done. q/a format useful. topical organization literally provides a response to what anyone connected to the Internet needs to know.
"Great for beginners to the field"
Good overview for those without a security or information assurance background. Otherwise it's a bit too high level. Parts are repetitive as the author likes to reiterate points from earlier chapters throughout the book.
"Needs to know"
This book while a little dry at times is excellent for both IT noobs and experts.
A thorough look at the complexities of the cyber domain from many different angles. A well documented history of how we got to where we are with technology as well.
"Everyone needs to know more."
This is the iceberg... forming and melting. A tip today gives rise to another tomorrow.
"Must read for all"
This fills in the blanks for those seeking understanding of the cyber domain and cyber security.
"excellent overview of cyber security for us laymen"
highly recommended for a birds eye view of personal cyber security. I recommend following the guidelines provided in the book to protect yourself. if you live on the internet, this is a great manual to use for protection guidance.
"Lots of good background and context"
Mr Singer and Mr Friedman are incredibly thoughtful and thought provoking writers. This book introduces a great many policy conversations. I appreciate that the commentary is unbiased or at least presents both sides (private industry and public/regulatory) of the subjects discussed herein. Thank you Peter and Allan.
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