Suggested Readings


Click Here to Kill Everybody

 The Internet is powerful but it is not safe. As “smart” devices proliferate the risks will get worse, unless we act now. From driverless cars to smart thermostats, the Internet now has direct effects on the physical world. Although this computerized future, the “Internet of Things”, carries enormous potential, Bruce Schneier argues that catastrophe awaits in its new vulnerabilities and dangers. Forget data theft; cutting–edge digital attackers can now literally crash your car, pacemaker, and home security system, as well as everyone else’s.

Zero Day

Countdown to Zero Day

 Cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare–one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb.

Cuckoo's Egg

The Cuckoo's Egg

 Cliff Stoll was an astronomer turned systems manager at Lawrence Berkeley Lab when a 75–cent accounting error alerted him to the presence of an unauthorized user. The mysterious invader managed to break into U.S. computer systems and steal sensitive military and security information. Stoll began a one-man hunt to find the perpetrator. It was a game of deception, broken codes, and secret information that eventually gained the attention of the CIA… and ultimately trapped an international spy ring fueled by cash, cocaine, and the KGB.


There Will be Cyberwar

 The move on the part of the US military, which began in 1996, to Network-Centric Warfare (NCW), meant the combination of sensor grids, C&C grids, and precision targeting to increase speed to command, and represented a military offset. Along with networking comes exposure to cyber attacks, attacks that will be used in future wars.

SPAM Nation

Spam Nation

 In Spam Nation, investigative journalist and cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs unmasks the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies–and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks–he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere.