Two Books You’d Better Have
First, to paraphrase an old drill sergeant: If you are not reading John Robb’s blog you’re wrong.
His article in Fast Company makes a strong case for a future world where asymmetry plays an increasingly important role in both defense and offense from the national to the personal level. I don’t know about you but I was struck by certain similarities to Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash (dystopian, balkanized infrastructure, privatization of critical functions). About the only thing missing was the rise of Gargoyles, which given the near ubiquity of IP-enabled devices, RSS, and the growing persistance of metro-area wireless broadband, are probably not far off.
I am a strong proponent of spending your own money on only one computer security book: The Cuckoo’s Egg (get work to pay for the technical stuff). There are few security ideas since its publication that are truly original. I’m going to have to start considering adding Snow Crash to the list of books worth your hard earned cash.
Update: I change my mind – the Gargoyles have arrived.