tssci security

Update on what I've been reading so far...

I have trouble finishing books I start. For whatever reason, I struggle through it.

I began reading InfoSec Career Hacking: Sell Your Skillz, Not Your Soul before I flew home for the summer, and read up until the last couple chapters and got bored with it. The book has multiple authors and as a result is sometimes redundant. I had stopped reading at the section that describes different kinds of attacks, as if the reader didn't know (duh?).

It took me all summer to finish `Silence on the Wire <http://www.tssci-security.com/?p=6>`_. I'm so glad I did because it was an incredible book that gave an entirely new perspective of security to me.

At the same time as SotW, I was reading Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyberterrorism by Dan Verton. I haven't finished it, but it is a good book and will soon. It really touches base on the insecurities of our nation's critical infrastructure and how disasterous an attack on it would be to our economy. Really scary stuff!

I've also been reading Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency by James Bamford. This has been a very interesting book, but very long and small print. I'm absolutely fascinated with cold-war intelligence and spy stories, but, not much of a reader until recently, it's tough.

There's also another book, S*PAM _KiNgS: The Real Story Behind the High-Rolling Hucksters, Pushing Porn, Pills, and @*#?% Enlargements. This has been a much easier read than the other titles. I've been able to read half of it within the last week, which is pretty good given the amount of time I've devoted to it.

So, in summary, here are the following books I hope to finish and post a review of:

Then the programming books I plan on starting once I go back to school (not even course books).... I need to learn scripting, and thought reading sed & awk would be a good start before Learning Perl. I'm not sure if I should read Mastering Regular Expressions in between, it's probably overkill reading sed & awk. What are your opinions?

Posted by Marcin on Saturday, August 26, 2006 in Books and Links.

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