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What I'm Reading This Month...

I should have mentioned this earlier, because I've been reading it for most of the month, but as I mentioned previously, .

My current book is , an easy to read and highly insightful tome on Information Security.  Actually, it covers more than just Information Security -- it addresses the challenges of security on a whole.

It's a great read for those who may not be into the whole security thing, or don't have a background in the realm of physical or information security.  It's also an outstanding read for those whose responsibilities include the security of systems, networks and overall enterprises.

He says things that should be common sense, but are clearly not put into common usage if you look around.  For example:

An insecure system can exist for years before anyone notices its insecurity. Just because your home hasn't been broken into in decades doesn't mean that it's secure. It might mean simply that no one has ever tried to break in, or it might mean that dozens have tried to break in and, without your ever knowing about it, given up in failure. Both  of these situations look the same. Because so often a successful security system looks as if nothing ever happens, the only reliable way to measure security is to examine how it fails -- in the context of the assets and functionality it is protecting.

I'm just over a third of the way into the book, but it has been great reading so far.  It has definitely given me some new and interesting perspectives on my role with security.  My only regret is that I waited so long to start reading it -- I received it straight from CounterPane at the event this past June (and Bruce even autographed it for me).

That'll teach me to procrastinate.

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Posted: Monday, September 25, 2006 2:41 PM by Logik!

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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.