Defeating the Hacker

Defeating the Hacker

A Non-technical Guide to Computer Security

Book - 2006
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The current struggle between IT security and computer hackers is reaching crisis point. Corporate dependency on computers and the Internet as well as the rapid spread of broadband into more households has resulted in a feeding ground for hackers around the world. Estimated damage costs are now making their way into the billions. The need for some good advice is long overdue.

Robert Schifreen, a self-confessed ex-hacker, made history in 1985 when he became the first person in the world to face a jury trial in connection with computer hacking. His subsequent acquittal in the High Court led to a change in UK Law and the introduction of the Computer Misuse Act 1990. His 20 years experience in IT security now lends itself to global radio and TV broadcasts, as well as appearances at conferences and lectures around the world.

Keeping your company’s computers free from hackers, viruses, spammers, phishing attacks, social engineers and all the other things that can result in loss of data is a difficult job. Defeating the Hacker is a book about how to protect your computer systems becoming another victim of the hacker. It’s an instant primer into all the things that can go wrong, with advice on how to stop it happening or, if it’s too late, how to fix the damage.

  • Presents unique, UK based, insider information on hacking and security from someone who has operated on both sides of the divide
  • Develops a populist seam within a hot IT area: security
  • Shows readers how and why hacking is made possible, whilst suggesting ways to avoid being a victim of it
  • Written in a dynamic, conversational, yet knowledgeable, style
  • Filled with information and anecdotal evidence aimed at IT professionals and those with a more general interest

Defeating the Hacker allows the reader to learn how to protect their computer systems with advice from someone who knows how to break into them.

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Writing for managers with a reasonable knowledge of computers and Windows, Schifreen (a former hacker who became the first person in the world to be tried--albeit acquitted--by a jury in connection with computer hacking and currently an information technology journalist) introduces the myriad issues important to maintaining computer and information security in business operations. He has excluded recommendations that he deems excessively complex or expensive and ends each chapter with a set of "Fundamental Five" action points that should be considered imperative (if not already implemented). Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Chichester, England ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780470025550
Branch Call Number: 005.8 S333
Characteristics: vi, 391 pages ; 24 cm

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