Essential reading for IT leaders: 10 books on cybersecurity (free PDF)
Security experts shared their top picks of books that deliver critical information and insights into cybersecurity issues. The titles on this list cover everything from how hackers have stolen millions in private data to how governments wage cyberwar to how you can beef up your security systems.
From the list:
Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power
By David E. Sanger
This 2012 title from the New York Times’ chief Washington correspondent David E. Sanger examines America’s role using a sophisticated arsenal of cyber weapons to attack Iran’s nuclear program, in what one advisor called “a state of low-grade, daily conflict.” Sanger’s book also looks at the origins of the malicious computer worm, Stuxnet, and Operation Olympic Games.
Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground
By Kevin Poulsen
Ex-hacker and journalist Kevin Poulsen leads readers through a journey pursuing an infamous cybercriminal. This title gives a detailed picture of how an unlikely hacker kingpin was able to steal millions in credit card information and outsmart authorities. As a former hacker himself, Poulsen has insider knowledge on how it can be done.
We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency
By Parmy Olson
Parmy Olson, London Bureau Chief for Forbes, offers the first in-depth look at LulzSec and Anonymous. Olson was given incredible access to each group, and the book is based on hundreds of interviews with the hackers—including exclusive interviews with all six core members of LulzSec. The New York Times calls the title “a lively, startling book that reads as ‘The Social Network’ for group hackers.”