Myths of Security

by Fred Showker
coverIf you think computer security has improved in recent years, "The Myths of Security" will shake you out of your complacency. Longtime security professional John Viega, formerly Chief Security Architect at McAfee, reports on the sorry state of the industry and offers concrete suggestions for professionals and individuals confronting the issue.

Why is security so bad? With many more people online than just a few years ago, there are more attackers -- and they're truly motivated. Attacks are sophisticated, subtle, and harder to detect than ever. But, as Viega notes, few people take the time to understand the situation and protect themselves accordingly.

This book tells you:
* Why it's easier for bad guys to "own" your computer than you think
* Why anti-virus software doesn't work well -- and one simple way to fix it
* Whether Apple OS X is more secure than Windows
* What Windows needs to do better
* How to make strong authentication pervasive
* Why patch management is so bad
* Whether there's anything you can do about identity theft
* Five easy steps for fixing application security, and more

Provocative, insightful, and always controversial, The Myths of Security not only addresses IT professionals who deal with security issues, but also speaks to Mac and PC users who spend time online.

"John offers a compelling critique of conventional wisdom, and his punchy snippets are sure to spark discussion. Well worth reading."
      - Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School"John understands the information security world and lays it out -- with all its warts -- to help drive the industry to a higher standard."
      - George Kurtz, SVP and GM of McAfee Risk & Compliance, and author of Hacking Exposed

"A refreshingly bold and rare look at the information security industry."
      - Ed Bellis, Chief Security Officer, Orbitz

"Whether computer security is your favorite topic or an idle curiosity, this book needs to be on your shelf."
      - Alex Payne, Twitter API Lead

John ViegaJohn Viega is CTO of the Software-as-a-Service Business Unit at McAfee, and was previously Vice President, Chief Security Architect at McAfee. John started out writing fiction in high school and college, but Randy Pausch (of Last Lecture Fame) convinced him to make a career in technology. He is the author of many security books, including Beautiful Security: Leading Security Experts Explain How They Think (May 2009), and 19 Deadly Sins of Software Security: Programming Flaws and How to Fix Them (July 2005); the Secure Programming Cookbook for C and C++: Recipes for Cryptography, Authentication, Input Validation & More and several others. John lives in Boston, and has two daughters.

The Myths of Security
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