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LinuxProgramming.com: Book Review: Secrets & Lies

Nov 09, 2000, 19:25 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

The Bottom Line

"A must read book for anyone who uses a networked computer, particularly those creating programs that will be used in that environment."

The Review

Many people have commented already about Bruce Schneier's epiphany that cryptography will not, in and of itself, make the computing world a safe place, and that we're still at the mercy of the all-too-fallible human beings running systems and writing programs. In particular, some people have taken great pleasure in quoting the beginning of the Preface, where Schneier says he wrote Secrets & Lies (hereafter SL) to correct a mistake, namely his prior statements about the role cryptography would play in security. Whether you think Schneier's observation is nothing more than his coming around to what everyone has known for years, or a hallmark of a genuine sea change in attitudes towards security, is largely irrelevant. The core issue is that he's right, and SL is an excellent book on the subject.

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