Wednesday, April 9, 2014

20 Books Cybersecurity Professionals Should Read Now

At the recent RSA Conference, Rick Howard, CSO for Palo Alto Networks, gave a popular talk where he gave a recommended list of works he felt cybersecurity professionals should read.

Some are technical, some fiction, and others non-fiction for the general reader.

I have read several, a few I have on my "to read" list, and a few I wasn't aware of.  But with that in mind, I plan on reading and reviewing these works over the next few months as possible.

The List?  Here it is in alphabetical order.

  • The Blue Nowhere, Jeffery Deaver (2001)
  • Breakpoint, Richard A. Clarke (2007)
  • The CERT Guide to Insider Threats: How to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Information Technology Crimes (Theft, Sabotage, Fraud), Dawn M. Cappelli, Andrew P. Moore, and Randall F. Trzeciak (2012)
  • Confront and Conceal:  Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, David Sanger (2013)
  • Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson (1999)
  • The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage, Clifford Stoll (1989)
  • Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do about It, Richard Clarke and Robert Knake (2010)
  • Daemon (2006) and Freedom™ (2010), Daniel Suarez
  • Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet, Joseph Menn (2010)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larssen (2011)
  • Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground, Kevin Poulsen (2011)
  • Neuromancer, William Gibson (1986)
  • Reamde, Neil Stephenson (2011)
  • Security Metrics: Replacing Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt, Andrew Jacquith (2007)
  • Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson (1992)
  • We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous and the Global Cyber Insurgency, Parmy Olson (2012)
  • Worm: The First Digital World War, Mark Bowden (2011)
  • Zero Day (2011) and Trojan Horse (2012), Mark Russinovich 

For those wanting to obtain them:

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