Academic journal article Science Scope

Information Insecurity

Academic journal article Science Scope

Information Insecurity

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Information Insecurity

By Brendan January. $34.65. 96 pp. Twenty-First Century Books. Frederick, MD. 2015. ISBN: 9781467725170.

This book takes a bird's eye view on information security and opens up many questions about the topic.

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The book is arranged through areas in which security is often at risk. Twitter, Facebook, and credit card transactions all have their own chapters. But Information Security is not simply about the risk of illegal hackers gaining access to information; it is about the vulnerability of information that is available through sources both legal--the companies whose websites and apps you might be using--and through what is often negligence on the part of the user.

Much of the book also takes a look at the government's role in accessing information, and here the National Security Agency comes to mind. This book is a quick read, pointed, and informative. It is accessible to students and informative enough for teachers, professors, and the casual reader. Examples given in the book include global positioning systems (GPS) tracking and its relation to new technologies, such as Google Glass. …

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