Schneier on Security

  • by Bruce Schneier, Ken Maxon
  • Narrated by Ken Maxon
  • 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Presenting invaluable advice from the world's most famous computer security expert, this intensely readable collection features some of the most insightful and informative coverage of the strengths and weaknesses of computer security and the price people pay - figuratively and literally - when security fails. Discussing the issues surrounding things such as airplanes, passports, voting machines, ID cards, cameras, passwords, Internet banking, sporting events, computers, and castles, this book is a must-read for anyone who values security at any level - business, technical, or personal.


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Customer Reviews

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What disappointed you about Schneier on Security?

Bought this based on his reputation as an expert; had never before read any of his books or articles. After listening to this I do not consider him worthy of his reputation. This is a so-called "security expert" who admittedly operates an open wifi network at his home, and who disparages 2-factor authentication as a waste of time because (paraphrasing) if you use it criminals will just find another way to break into your system. It seems Mr. Schneier is not so much a security expert as an advocate for new, unenforceable laws that will somehow give you control over any and all information pertaining to you (seriously). He is a big fan of using the law to force liability on various entities rather than actual security, as that word is understood by the rest of us. Mixed in with his advocacy for ridiculous, unenforceable and therefore ineffective new legislation are a couple observations like, security has economic implications. Duh. Definitely do not waste your money or time with this book.

What could Bruce Schneier and Ken Maxon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have it written by someone with some expertise in security. The narration was ok I guess, but the reader pronounces (and mispronounces) some of the words very robotically.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Maxon’s performances?

Probably not

What character would you cut from Schneier on Security?


Any additional comments?


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- Lyle Wincentsen

More terrorism than anything else.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Falsely advertised as about computer security. 90% of book is about national terrorism, response to 9/11.

Would you ever listen to anything by Bruce Schneier and Ken Maxon again?


Any additional comments?

I am this close to asking for money back. Book is a collection of old essays, pre-NSA and Snowden, and almost entirely on policy level of safety against terrorism.

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- Robert "Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios