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Dec 29 2010   4:34PM GMT

Network security is not fiction, but these stories are

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

Who says that tech books have to be boring and technical and, heck, non-fiction? Definitely not the people behind Stealing the Network from Syngress.

Meant to inspire security and technology pros alike to wonder and muse on the what ifs of security vulnerabilities, Stealing the Network exercises the imagination in hopes of sparking real life solutions. With contributions from security consultants, technical directors, security engineers and specialists with impressive lists of accomplishments, Stealing the Network is a truly creative bunch of “stories that are fictional, with technology that is real.”

Whether you’re into ethical hacking or IT security, you’ll find the stories not only entertaining and thought-provoking, but also valuable in their recommendations and specificity regarding what programs and systems the fictional hackers are using. Though the stories are fictional, they are set in the real world and are described with great accuracy. Screenshots, graphs and titled sections make for easy reading and navigation. The authors of these ten stories come from the IT security world, and thus their characters and scenarios are familiar and relatable, like the narrator from Ryan Russell and Timothy Mullen’s “The Worm Turns”:

Rarely do people like me want to chitchat about what we do in general terms. We live in a world of minute detail, machine-language code, operating system calls, and compiler quirks. Most of the time, we would rather keep to ourselves and do independent study, unless we’re having trouble with something specific or want someone to double-check our work.

In his foreword to the book, Jeff Moss, founder of Black Hat and DEFCON, defends the purpose of the book: “You could argue it provides a roadmap for criminal hackers, but I say it does something else: It provides a glimpse into the creative minds of some of today’s best hackers, and even the best hackers will tell you that the game is a mental one.”

Want a chance to win this unique book? Share your own hacking scenario – fictional or otherwise – and what can be learned from it. Leave your story in the comments section or email me at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

Check out our list of top network security books for more ideas on some great reading. Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

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