Cover: Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems, 3rd Ed.

Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems, 3rd Ed.

Cambridge University professor Ross Anderson updates his classic textbook and teaches readers how to design, implement, and test systems to withstand both error and attack. The third edition brings it up to date for 2020. As people now go online from phones more than laptops, most servers are in the cloud, online advertising drives the Internet and social networks have taken over much human interaction, many patterns of crime and abuse are the same, but the methods have evolved. Ross Anderson explores what security engineering means in 2020.

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Workers at the Idaho National Laboratory’s Critical Infrastructure Test Range. (Flickr/Idaho National Laboratory, CC BY 2.0)

The Myth of Consumer-Grade Security

Schneier on Security, August 28, 2019
By Bruce Schneier

“The Department of Justice wants access to encrypted consumer devices but promises not to infiltrate business products or affect critical infrastructure. Yet that’s not possible, because there is no longer any difference between those categories of devices. Consumer devices are critical infrastructure. They affect national security. And it would be foolish to weaken them, even at the request of law enforcement.”

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Security Engineering, 2nd Ed.

Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems, 2nd Ed.

“The world has changed radically since the first edition of this book was published in 2001. Spammers, virus writers, phishermen, money launderers, and spies now trade busily with each other in a lively online criminal economy and as they specialize, they get better. In this indispensable, fully updated guide, Ross Anderson reveals how to build systems that stay dependable whether faced with error or malice. Here’s straight talk on critical topics such as technical engineering basics, types of attack, specialized protection mechanisms, security psychology, policy, and more.”

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