Friday, November 01, 2019

Two Books - "Anti America" and "Data Breaches: Crisis and Opportunity"

Gonna talk about two books from this week.

First up is AntiAmerica.  by T.K. Falco.  I was looking for something to occupy me on the commute so I searched audible for "cyberthriller" and this was the only title that came up.  The description seemed promising enough:
AntiAmerica stands at the center of the largest US anarchist uprising in 100 years. 
When hacktivist group AntiAmerica hacks the nation's largest banks, the financial industry is left teetering on the brink of collapse. Hacker and teen runaway Alanna Blake is forcefully recruited by the government to track down the only link to AntiAmerica, her missing ex-boyfriend Javier. She relies on every bit of her social engineering cunning to navigate a conspiracy of lies and deceit, which imperils both the lives of everyone closest to her and the secrets to a past she longs to remain locked away forever.  
This book contains content surrounding drug abuse, mental illness, physical abuse, and suicide.
Unfortunately it kind of just turns into another angsty teen story that fills you with frustration because of all of the main characters stupid decisions, and of course the protagonists are who you expect.  There is a twist at the end that is somewhat surprising, but the clues are there if you care enough to try and put them together.  It's not a horrible book but it's not great either. 

Second is  Data Breaches: Crisis and Opportunity by Sherri Davidoff.  Admittedly I am only about a chapter into this one, so I am not going to try and really review content.  What I like about this book so far is that it written pretty accessibly and it seems to be interested in covering the major breaches in a case study style.  It also has chapters on Supply Chain Risk and Cloud Security Risk; two areas that are becoming important to me at work.  If anyone else (hah, like I have real readers) reads it I'd like to hear your thoughts.

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