Computer Insecurity: Risking the System approaches its topic from the perspective of vulnerability – how can your system be attacked? Covering technical issues and human factors, the comprehensively researched text makes reference to numerous real-life security incidents, which help to provide persuasive practical evidence of the problems and the impacts that result.
Key issues covered include:
Presented in clear and lucid terms, the discussion is invaluable reading for all business and computing professionals who wish for an overview of the issues rather than a shopping list of the security measures available.
‘In today’s connected world no-one can afford to ignore computer security, this book tells you why, and what you should do about it, in simple non-technical language.’
Dr Jeremy Ward, Director of Service Development, Symantec (UK) Ltd
‘Computer Insecurity contains loads of practical advice supported by an abundance of real world examples and research. If you don’t understand what all the fuss concerning computer security is about then this book was written for you.’Jeff Crume, CISSP
Executive IT Security Architect, IBM and author of ‘Inside Internet Security – What hackers don’t want you to know’
‘I have long been looking for a book that would give answers to why rather than how we cater for Information and Communication Systems Security ... I recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone that wishes to extend their knowledge’
Professor Sokratis K. Katsikas, University of the Aegean, Greece
Dr. Steven Furnell is a reader in information systems security at the University of Plymouth, and has already published one book: "Cybercrime: Vandalising The Information Society", Paperback: 336 pages ; Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co; 1st edition (December 21, 2001), ISBN: 0201721597.
Aside from the assigned reviewers and a number of Dr Furnell’s academic colleagues, the manuscript has also been read by Dr Jeremy Ward, Service Development Director of for Symantec UK, who provided summary feedback describing it as "really excellent".
Bitcoin, the first successful decentralized digital currency, is still in its early stages and yet it’s already spawned a multi-billion-dollar global economy open to anyone with the knowledge and passion to participate. Mastering Bitcoin provides the knowledge. You simply supply the passion.
The second edition includes:A broad introduction of bitcoin and its underlying blockchain—ideal for non-technical users, investors, and business executivesAn explanation of the technical foundations of bitcoin and cryptographic currencies for developers, engineers, and software and systems architectsDetails of the bitcoin decentralized network, peer-to-peer architecture, transaction lifecycle, and security principlesNew developments such as Segregated Witness, Payment Channels, and Lightning NetworkA deep dive into blockchain applications, including how to combine the building blocks offered by this platform into higher-level applicationsUser stories, analogies, examples, and code snippets illustrating key technical concepts
". . .the best introduction to cryptography I've ever seen. . . .The book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published. . . ." -Wired Magazine
". . .monumental . . . fascinating . . . comprehensive . . . the definitive work on cryptography for computer programmers . . ." -Dr. Dobb's Journal
". . .easily ranks as one of the most authoritative in its field." -PC Magazine
The book details how programmers and electronic communications professionals can use cryptography-the technique of enciphering and deciphering messages-to maintain the privacy of computer data. It describes dozens of cryptography algorithms, gives practical advice on how to implement them into cryptographic software, and shows how they can be used to solve security problems. The book shows programmers who design computer applications, networks, and storage systems how they can build security into their software and systems.
With a new Introduction by the author, this premium edition will be a keepsake for all those committed to computer and cyber security.
Author Melanie Swan, Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, explains that the blockchain is essentially a public ledger with potential as a worldwide, decentralized record for the registration, inventory, and transfer of all assets—not just finances, but property and intangible assets such as votes, software, health data, and ideas.
Topics include:Concepts, features, and functionality of Bitcoin and the blockchainUsing the blockchain for automated tracking of all digital endeavorsEnabling censorship?resistant organizational modelsCreating a decentralized digital repository to verify identityPossibility of cheaper, more efficient services traditionally provided by nationsBlockchain for science: making better use of the data-mining networkPersonal health record storage, including access to one’s own genomic dataOpen access academic publishing on the blockchain
This book is part of an ongoing O’Reilly series. Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Crypto-Currencies introduces Bitcoin and describes the technology behind Bitcoin and the blockchain. Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy considers theoretical, philosophical, and societal impact of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.