No More Magic Wands ISBN: 9781533538923, an e-book by George Finney.
The book begins with a statement heard almost ad nauseam: “Security is everyone’s job.” This follows with another truism: “That’s what we say as security professionals. But we don’t always act like we believe it. It really does take everyone working in concert to make an organization truly secure. Why, then, do we do so little to enable those outside the cybersecurity field to do their part of the universal security job?” The author continues to enumerate the perfunctory band aids usually provided and then provides a summary statement: “If security is everyone’s job, everyone needs the right tools to actually do the job. Not some of the tools. Not a little of the information. All of it.” He then proceeds to provide the reader with all of the tools AND information required to establish a secure cyber site.
Discussion: First, the material is presented by a man whose credits would appear to make him eminently qualified to furnish information to secure a cyber network. Second, he has set forth chapters that describe in detail the necessities to obtain/maintain cybersecurity, chapter summaries, important takeaway points, open-ended questions and a final summation of the presentation. Third, and perhaps most importantly for presentation of a subject most people just ‘wish would go away’, he has used quite adroitly simple stories in a parable like manner as a lead into each point or series of points he wished to establish for each chapter. AND he has managed to do so in a quite inoffensively effective manner.
Conclusion: The author has delivered/emphasized the importance of a significant number of tools/activities and their interaction for the proper function of a cybersecurity system. This is especially well-worthwhile and a most timely contribution, not only for those intimately involved, but provides a better understanding for the populace of the extent of the problems existing in the international hacking about which the media so endlessly is bombarding today’s population.
5* Cybersecurity, its problems and solutions, cleverly presented.