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Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age

Susan Landau



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Yale University
15 January 2018
International relations; Network security
A cybersecurity expert and former Google privacy analyst's urgent call to protect devices and networks against malicious hackers New technologies have provided both incredible convenience and new threats. The same kinds of digital networks that allow you to hail a ride using your smartphone let power grid operators control a country's electricity-and these personal, corporate, and government systems are all vulnerable. In Ukraine, unknown hackers shut off electricity to nearly 230,000 people for six hours. North Korean hackers destroyed networks at Sony Pictures in retaliation for a film that mocked Kim Jong-un. And Russian cyberattackers leaked Democratic National Committee emails in an attempt to sway a U.S. presidential election. And yet despite such documented risks, government agencies, whose investigations and surveillance are stymied by encryption, push for a weakening of protections. In this accessible and riveting read, Susan Landau makes a compelling case for the need to secure our data, explaining how we must maintain cybersecurity in an insecure age.
By:   Susan Landau
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   408g
ISBN:   9780300227444
ISBN 10:   0300227442
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   15 January 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Susan Landau is professor of cybersecurity policy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She was previously a privacy analyst at Google and is an Association for Computing Machinery Fellow, a Cybersecurity Hall of Fame inductee, and an American Association for Advancement of Science Fellow.

Reviews for Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age

Susan Landau manages to harness the sprint of our online era and provides a lasting framework for how to manage, protect, and even master our digital footprint. -Juliette Kayyem, former Assistant Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security -- Juliette Kayyem Susan Landau is eminently qualified to guide readers to deeper understanding of risks and threats that accompany an increasingly connected world. Our online appetites are growing and our presence attracts hacking and surveillance among other uses we may not have authorized or even anticipated. Must read. -Vint Cerf, internet pioneer -- Vint Cerf Susan Landau has performed a remarkable feat of public service with Listening In: she simplifies the complex contemporary debate around privacy and security trade-offs in a way that welcomes anyone with an interest in these topics to engage with them -- and she demonstrates why everyone should. -Jonathan Zittrain, author of The Future of the Internet - and How to Stop It -- Jonathan Zittrain

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