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The Myths of Security: What the Computer Security Industry Doesn't Want You to Knowby John Viega
Synopses & Reviews
If 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.
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.
If you think computer security has improved in recent years, Myths of Security will shake you out of your complacency. Longtime security professional John Viega reports on the sorry state of security, with concrete suggestions for professionals and individuals confronting the issue. Provocative, insightful, and often controversial, The Myths of Security addresses IT professionals who deal with security issues, and speaks to Mac and PC users who spend time online.
About the Author
John Viega is CTO of the Software-as-a-Service Business Unit atMcAfee, and was previously Vice President, Chief Security Architect atMcAfee. He is an active advisor to several security companies,including Fortify and Bit9, and is the author of a number of securitybooks, including Network Security with OpenSSL (O'Reilly) and BuildingSecure Software (Addison-Wesley).
John is responsible for numerous software security tools and is theoriginal author of Mailman, the popular mailing list manager. He hasdone extensive standards work in the IEEE and IETF, and co-inventedGCM, a cryptographic algorithm that NIST (US Department of Commerce)has standardized. He holds a B.A. and M.S. from the University ofVirginia.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Preface; Why Myths of Security?; Acknowledgments; How to Contact Us; Safari® Books Online; Chapter 1: The Security Industry Is Broken; Chapter 2: Security: Nobody Cares!; Chapter 3: It's Easier to Get "0wned" Than You Think; Chapter 4: It's Good to Be Bad; Chapter 5: Test of a Good Security Product: Would I Use It?; Chapter 6: Why Microsoft's Free AV Won't Matter; Chapter 7: Google Is Evil; Chapter 8: Why Most AV Doesn't Work (Well); Chapter 9: Why AV Is Often Slow; Chapter 10: Four Minutes to Infection?; Chapter 11: Personal Firewall Problems; Chapter 12: Call It "Antivirus"; Chapter 13: Why Most People Shouldn't Run Intrusion Prevention Systems; Chapter 14: Problems with Host Intrusion Prevention; Chapter 15: Plenty of Phish in the Sea; Chapter 16: The Cult of Schneier; Chapter 17: Helping Others Stay Safe on the Internet; Chapter 18: Snake Oil: Legitimate Vendors Sell It, Too; Chapter 19: Living in Fear?; Chapter 20: Is Apple Really More Secure?; Chapter 21: OK, Your Mobile Phone Is Insecure; Should You Care?; Chapter 22: Do AV Vendors Write Their Own Viruses?; Chapter 23: One Simple Fix for the AV Industry; Chapter 24: Open Source Security: A Red Herring; Chapter 25: Why SiteAdvisor Was Such a Good Idea; Chapter 26: Is There Anything We Can Do About Identity Theft?; Chapter 27: Virtualization: Host Security's Silver Bullet?; Chapter 28: When Will We Get Rid of All the Security Vulnerabilities?; Chapter 29: Application Security on a Budget; Chapter 30: "Responsible Disclosure" Isn't Responsible; Chapter 31: Are Man-in-the-Middle Attacks a Myth?; Chapter 32: An Attack on PKI; Chapter 33: HTTPS Sucks; Let's Kill It!; Chapter 34: CrAP-TCHA and the Usability/Security Tradeoff; Chapter 35: No Death for the Password; Chapter 36: Spam Is Dead; Chapter 37: Improving Authentication; Chapter 38: Cloud Insecurity?; Chapter 39: What AV Companies Should Be Doing (AV 2.0); Chapter 40: VPNs Usually Decrease Security; Chapter 41: Usability and Security; Chapter 42: Privacy; Chapter 43: Anonymity; Chapter 44: Improving Patch Management; Chapter 45: An Open Security Industry; Chapter 46: Academics; Chapter 47: Locksmithing; Chapter 48: Critical Infrastructure; Epilogue; Colophon;
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