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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.