A comprehensive, valuable, and reader-friendly cybersecurity guide.

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FIRE DOESN'T INNOVATE

THE EXECUTIVE'S PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THRIVING IN THE FACE OF EVOLVING CYBER RISKS

A cybersecurity expert breaks down what every manager needs to know about the ever evolving threat of hackers in this debut manual.

Fire brings necessary warmth and light, but it can also be a destructive force, one whose power humanity has often had to find ways to protect against. Technology and the internet have become equally ubiquitous, but unlike fire, the perils they pose are always changing, requiring a special vigilance to combat. For executives, vigilance doesn’t mean absolute expertise, and Boyle, in his manual, shares with readers the “lite” version of the easily understandable lessons he has crafted to help businesses both large and small become shrewd cyber-risk managers. Mitigating these dangers underscores cyber-readiness as not just a matter of tech, but also worker education. Numerous templates are offered for addressing employees on the subject of cybersecurity, not just informing them, but also discovering what they already know and can contribute. The adaptive NIST Cybersecurity Framework, developed by the Department of Commerce, is explained as well as strategies for identifying problem areas, preventing hacking, and addressing the crime after it happens, internally and through press releases. The book is divided into two parts, the first emphasizing good cyberhygiene, offering helpful tips free of confusing and unnecessary technical jargon. Where technical information is necessary, the text provides simple-to-understand history lessons, looking at past cybercrime and espionage like the Equifax hack, the National Security Agency’s EternalBlue exploit, the infamous Evgeniy Bogachev, and the dark web. Though human error and education are emphasized, the guide does not neglect the technical tools available, walking readers through useful programs like password managers and virtual private networks and providing advice on the best ones. The second part is a condensed version of the lessons the author teaches directly to his customers. Charts, tables, and equations provided here help calculate risk mitigation and cost/benefit analysis with relative ease. In both parts, helpful “phases” sections and accessible lists make revisiting the multitude of tips and tricks a breeze. The Online Cyber Risk Workbook this manual links to is also immensely informative.

A comprehensive, valuable, and reader-friendly cybersecurity guide.

Pub Date: Jan. 10, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5445-1319-5

Page Count: 266

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: March 6, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING

New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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