Beautiful Security book review

As noted here, I have been reading two books for a couple of months and not made much progress in recent times. My progress through books under consideration tend to be directly proportional to the amount of time spent traveling on trains or plains and I have not been doing that much of either for the last few month, hence the slow progress. A bit more focus and a train trip means I finished one of them last week.

Beautiful Security is a collection of 16 chapters written by 16 different people(s) with 16 different perspectives on 16 different aspects of security. This means there is no common thread other than it is about computer security. In my view this is no bad thing.

I think my favorite chapter was "The evolution of PGP's web of trust" by Phil Zimmermann and Jon Callas. The history and insight into the design decisions was really interesting. I also enjoyed the 1st chapter by Peiter Zatko on "Psychological Security Traps".

My interest in Computer Security got triggered about 6 months ago when I got cornered into helping 2 farmers run their PC and laptop. The virus and malware problems were just stunning. Work also had a few triggers (if you work for Sun ask me about the "find" incident) and this book has been very good at giving a informed view on 16 different areas of computer security.

After a couple of months off races, I am really looking forward to the Cardington Cracker in a couple of weeks.

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