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Book Recommendations for Security Professionals

  • By Maddie Rosenthal
  • 01 April 2022

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Looking for some summer reading? We’ve pulled together a little reading guide for when you get some well-earned downtime. We asked around the Tessian offices for recommendations for good reads in the tech and security space. Here’s the team’s recommendations.

Cyber Privacy: Who Has Your Data and Why You Should Care

April Falcon Doss

Amazon, Google, Facebook, governments. No matter who we are or where we go, someone is collecting our data: to profile us, target us, assess us; to predict our behavior and analyze our attitudes; to influence the things we do and buy — even to impact our vote.
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Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking

Christopher Hadnagy

Social Engineering: The Science of Human Hacking reveals the craftier side of the hacker’s repertoire—why hack into something when you could just ask for access? Undetectable by firewalls and antivirus software, social engineering relies on human fault to gain access to sensitive spaces; in this book, renowned expert Christopher Hadnagy explains the most commonly-used techniques that fool even the most robust security personnel, and shows you how these techniques have been used in the past. We take a deep dive into the psychology of human error in this report, with insights from Stanford Psychology and Communications professor Jeff Hancock.
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The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats

Richard A. Clarke 

“Great book on the challenges of cyberwarfare policy” – Paul Sanglé-Ferrière, Product Manager, Tessian.

An urgent new warning from two bestselling security experts – and a gripping inside look at how governments, firms, and ordinary citizens can confront and contain the tyrants, hackers, and criminals bent on turning the digital realm into a war zone.
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The Wires of War: Technology and the Global Struggle for Power

Jacob Helberg

From the former news policy lead at Google, an urgent and groundbreaking account of the high-stakes global cyberwar brewing between Western democracies and the autocracies of China and Russia that could potentially crush democracy.
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This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race

Nicole Perlroth

Filled with spies, hackers, arms dealers, and a few unsung heroes, written like a thriller and a reference, This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends is an astonishing feat of journalism. Based on years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, The New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth lifts the curtain on a market in shadow, revealing the urgent threat faced by us all if we cannot bring the global cyber arms race to heel.
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The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data

Kevin Mitnick & Robert Vamosi 

In The Art of Invisibility Mitnick provides both online and real life tactics and inexpensive methods to protect you and your family, in easy step-by-step instructions. He even talks about more advanced “elite” techniques, which, if used properly, can maximize your privacy.
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The Cuckoo’s Egg

Clifford Stoll

“Probably the original threat actor report – so good” – Matt Smith, Software Engineer at Tessian

In 1986,  Clifford Stoll – a systems administrator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – wrote this book. Based on his field notes, this is arguably one of the first documented cases of a computer hack and the subsequent investigation, which eventually led to the arrest of Markus Hess. It’s now considered an essential read for anyone interested in cybersecurity.
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CISO Compass: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers 

Todd Fitzgerald

While this book covers all the fundamentals of IT security governance and risk management, it also digs deeper into people. After all, being a CISO isn’t just about technology.

The insights in the book come directly from CISOs. In total, 75 security leaders contributed to the book, which means there’s plenty of actionable advice you can apply to your strategies. 

Looking for more insights from security leaders? Check out Tessian’s CISO Spotlight series.
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Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers 

Andy Greenburg

Politics play a big role in cybercrime. This book is focused on Sandworm, the group of Russian hackers who, over the last decade, has targeted American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe and paralyzed some of the world’s largest businesses with malware. But the author, Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg, also provides plenty of background on both the technology and the relationships between various countries.
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Cult of the Dead Cow

Joseph Menn

Cult of the Dead Cow is the tale of the oldest, most respected, and most famous American hacking group of all time. Though until now it has remained mostly anonymous, its members invented the concept of hacktivism, released the top tool for testing password security, and created what was for years the best technique for controlling computers from afar, forcing giant companies to work harder to protect customers.  Cult of the Dead Cow explores some of the world’s most infamous hacking groups – particularly the cDc – and explains how technology, data, and – well – the world has changed because of them.
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The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You

Julie Zhuo 

Congratulations, you’re a manager! After you pop the champagne, accept the shiny new title, and step into this thrilling next chapter of your career, the truth descends like a fog: you don’t really know what you’re doing. Read more at Good Reads.

CISM Certified Information Security Manager All-in-One Exam Guide

Yes, this is an exam guide…and yes you should add it to your reading list. If nothing else, to have on-hand as a reference. Why? It covers everything. Security governance, risk management, security program development, and security incident management. Curious as to whether or not other security professionals have their CISM certification? We interviewed 12 women about their journeys in cybersecurity. Read their profiles here and the full report, Opportunity in Cybersecurity Report 2020.
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The health benefits of reading

Whatever you choose to read these holidays, the health benefits of reading are well documented. As our Lost Hours report revealed, many CISOs aren’t taking time out from their jobs to de-stress and unwind. So make sure you schedule a little you time with a good book.

 

Maddie Rosenthal