Monday, April 16, 2018

Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age (book)

A compelling case for the need to secure our data, explaining how we must maintain cybersecurity in an insecure age.

Tufts University professor Susan Landau has a long and distinguished background in computer security and policy that includes several books on wiretapping and surveillance...

In Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age, Landau considers the changing world in which law enforcement must operate with exceptional clarity. She begins with a brief history of cybersecurity. The first known cyberattack was in 1986, when Clifford Stoll began trying to understand a 75-cent discrepancy in computer time; he told the story in detail in his book The Cuckoo's Egg.

The next, and the first proper internet attack -- although it wasn't really intended as such -- was the 1988 Internet Worm. Despite these early warnings, Landau writes, quoting from a US government report, "security lost to convenience in the 1980s. And then it kept on losing". It wasn't until 2008 that cyber-threats began to be taken seriously. more