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Click Here to Kill Everybody

Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World
Written by: Bruce Schneier
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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A world of "smart" devices means the Internet can kill people. We need to act. Now.

Everything is a computer. Ovens are computers that make things hot; refrigerators are computers that keep things cold. These computers - from home thermostats to chemical plants - are all online. The Internet, once a virtual abstraction, can now sense and touch the physical world.

As we open our lives to this future, often called the Internet of Things, we are beginning to see its enormous potential in ideas like driverless cars, smart cities, and personal agents equipped with their own behavioral algorithms. But every knife cuts two ways.

All computers can be hacked. And Internet-connected computers are the most vulnerable. Forget data theft: Cutting-edge digital attackers can now crash your car, your pacemaker, and the nation’s power grid. In Click Here to Kill Everybody, renowned expert and best-selling author Bruce Schneier examines the hidden risks of this new reality.

After exploring the full implications of a world populated by hyperconnected devices, Schneier reveals the hidden web of technical, political, and market forces that underpin the pervasive insecurities of today. He then offers common-sense choices for companies, governments, and individuals that can allow us to enjoy the benefits of this omnipotent age without falling prey to its vulnerabilities.

From principles for a more resilient Internet of Things to a recipe for sane government regulation and oversight to a better way to understand a truly new environment, Schneier’s vision is required listening for anyone invested in human flourishing.

©2018 Bruce Schneier (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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My favourite of last ten books from Audible

Perfect writing, exvellent vontent and agreeable narration for this non-computer type concerned about computer security and privacy. 'Performer' speaks a litle fast, but at 85% no voice distortion. I was surprised the writing and narration were so top class, as if the author was reading his own book (someone else was - a true professional) and the writing style perfect for the content.

Concise (OK, a little repeating to remind of a long previous chaptet's point), short exact descriptive sentences; and many datrs and brief consequences of security breeches. While providing many examples of the worst offenders - China and North Korea, he doesn't pull any punches about Amerika either.

Despite rating this book highly I have only one 'criticism', more of a 'consider this perspective' really - although "Kill Everyone..." is both as comprehensive as it can be for a general audience it is less a technical book than a social/political one. As an ex-libertarian I cringed at some of the author's suggestions for State oversight of the internet and software. Never the less he makes very convincing arguments for industry self-compliance (yeah, right) and legislation. He is clearly left of center and no friend of the free market - because well, we can't afford to continue with such a system. The costs are too high.

This book seems to be targeted to voters, politicians and persons in the computer industry. Never the less, I recommemd it even if you the 'reader' are not.

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Outstanding

brilliant analysis. real insights. illustrated with good examples. a sober look at the realities of security .

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  • Fausto Cepeda
  • 2019-04-03

Same old Bruce

I am a fan of Bruce. I read his blog and I have read other books from him. This one has no new ideas. The ideas are the ones he says in blogs, articles and old books, nothing really new here. If you have never heard of Bruce then I recommend it, if you follow him you will find a pack of ideas that you already somehow now because you have read the stuff from him I was disappointed and didn't really liked to give 1 credit away for this.

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  • Nicktirebiter
  • 2019-06-11

Very clear, accessible to anyone, nice balance

Clear and well-defined presentation. Lively and accessible to tech and non-tech readers. In spite of the silly title, it is a really balanced presentation of the topic - principles & implications nicely paired with the technology.

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  • Doug Keller
  • 2019-04-29

Great Listen for a security professional

Great listen...Sometimes it gets a little repetitive but still a great listen for anyone interested in the Security Field.

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  • Rene
  • 2019-06-16

Title is the best part of the book

The title is the best thing about the book—after that it is downhill. Used to think Bruce knew something. But this pathetic. Marc Goodman’s book 6 yrs ago is still better. Bruce is short on solutions so that is why he recommends government for all the problems. Also he has no faith in the free market or people to do anything positive. But just ask him—he should be given the power to regulate everything.
If his regulations were in place the internet would never have happened. He is too pessimistic.

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  • L. B. Glass
  • 2019-03-19

Good overview of issues; naïve proposed solutions

In this book, Schneier gives a useful introduction to key IoT and cybersecurity issues. Alas, in his recommended policy solutions, Schneier naïvely expresses too much faith in government... and in organizations which profess to act in the "public interest" but are actually controlled by corporations. Governments, and the people within them (both bureaucrats and elected officials), are self-interested. Schneier promotes policies which would place too much trust in them, and give them too much power, with too little oversight. Likewise, Schneier paints non-governmental organizations (NGOs for short) which are effectively lobbying shops for large corporations - such as the New America Foundation and its Open Technology Institute, or the Electronic Frontier Foundation, both of which are controlled by Google - as worthy of trust in dictating policy when in fact they are the most dangerous entities to dictate it. Schneier also embraces, without critical examination, agendas such as "network neutrality" - a slogan which is used to lobby for harmful Internet regulations desired, and written, by large corporations to fatten their wallets and forestall competition. In short, Schneier is overly optimistic about the motivations of key players which cannot and should not be trusted, and therefore makes naïve policy recommendations that would backfire if put into practice. It appears that his intentions are good - and the technological facts he presents are almost 100% accurate. But the reader should greet his optimism about the trustworthiness of government, and of NGOs, to solve cybersecurity problems with at least some skepticism. If we put ourselves in the hands of untrustworthy actors - and many of the ones he portrays as trustworthy are not - the problems posed by technology and connectivity will become worse, not better.

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  • Thomas Churchill
  • 2019-02-20

Great explanation for the state of cybersecurity

Bruce Schneier perfectly describes today's state of cybersecurity, both for private and public sectors of the world. Schneier clearly lays out the dangers society will face if it continues the digital path it is on. The factual references are excellent in this book and was an enjoyable read. I recommend it to anyone in the field or just curious about cybersecurity in today's world.

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  • BimsBoards
  • 2019-03-07

internet plus security

great book.covering internet plus security. I had to go back and look at some stuff twice

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