Security Engineering, 2nd Edition
A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems
By Ross J. Anderson
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: September 2010
Pages: 1080

"Security engineering is different from any other kind ofprogramming. . . . if you're even thinking of doing any securityengineering, you need to read this book."
— Bruce Schneier

"This is the best book on computer security. Buy it, but moreimportantly, read it and apply it in your work."
— Gary McGraw

This book created the discipline of securityengineering

The world has changed radically since the first edition waspublished in 2001. Spammers, virus writers, phishermen, moneylaunderers, and spies now trade busily with each other in a livelyonline criminal economy — and as they specialize, they getbetter. New applications, from search to social networks toelectronic voting machines, provide new targets. And terrorism haschanged the world. In this indispensable, fully updated guide, RossAnderson reveals how to build systems that stay dependable whetherfaced with error or malice.

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  • Technical engineering basics — cryptography,protocols, access controls, and distributed systems
  • Types of attack — phishing, Web exploits, cardfraud, hardware hacks, and electronic warfare

  • Specialized protection mechanisms — whatbiometrics, seals, smartcards, alarms, and DRM do, and how theyfail

  • Security economics — why companies build insecuresystems, why it's tough to manage security projects, and how tocope

  • Security psychology — the privacy dilemma, whatmakes security too hard to use, and why deception will keepincreasing

  • Policy — why governments waste money on security,why societies are vulnerable to terrorism, and what to do aboutit

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Surprisingly, an absolute page-turner!

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      This was the assigned textbook for my security module at university. I had signed up for it out of a sense of duty, and expected it to be quite dry, but it turned out to be one of the most fascinating modules of the whole course, in no small part thanks to this book.

      It's quite light on pure crypto, but it's absolutely full of the joy of hacking, of the particular mindset it takes to think about how systems can be used in unintended ways. Lots of interesting discussions of unexpected topics like lock-picking, forging bank notes, inkjet printer cartridge economics, and spoofing South African Air Force jets with replay attacks.

      It's a huge tome, about three inches thick, and I promise you it's an absolute page-turner.

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