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Understanding the Digital World

As the technology that surrounds us keeps evolving rapidly, the level of its complexity is increasing as well, leading to potential misuse. Prioritizing data protection is becoming very prominent. Not everyone can study the field and understand all details, however, reading a book to learn portions of it will do us all good, from leaders of organizations to parents.

If you are looking to expand your knowledge on topics such as information security or cybersecurity, here is a list of recommendations that not only share information but also help us understand the importance of security in the digital world, filled with data, analysis, and real-life stories.

1. Cybersecurity for Beginners by Raef Meeuwisse

As most business people nowadays share a common interest in learning more about the essentials of cybersecurity, this book will provide you with all the basic information that you need. Simultaneously, being an excellent resource for any information security expert interested in updating their knowledge. To quote the author: “The world has changed more in the past ten years than in any ten year period in human history. Technology is no longer a peripheral servant, it shapes our daily lives. Companies that can use technology wisely and well are thriving, while companies that make bad or no technology choices collapse and disappear. The cloud, smart devices, and the ability to connect almost any object to the internet are an essential landscape to use but are also fraught with new risks and dangers of a magnitude never seen before”. In the rapidly changing cyber world, this book balances complexity on the topic while also including real-life examples to keep the readers intrigued.

2. The Fifth Domain: Defending our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake

The Fifth Domain provides an insight into how governments, organizations, and citizens can face hackers keen on manipulating the digital world. Through numerous previous stories of cyber-attack fatalities, it has become evident that cyber threats oppose a real-world consequence, and now with the potential to lead to wars, it makes the importance of action even more prominent. The author dives into some of the most well-covered stories, like the Stuxnet attack, which assisted in slowing Iran’s nuclear program, to lesser-known ones like EternalBlue, the cyberattack that closed hospitals in Britain and froze shipping crates in Germany midair in 2017. This book provides intel on making cyberspace safer by defending our security and privacy.

3. Hacked Again by Scott N. Schober

Hacked Again shares the dangers of the digital world through the detailed story of a cybersecurity expert and CEO of a top wireless security tech firm, Scott Schober, the author himself. As a working, family man, and business owner; running a successful security company and reporting the latest cyber breaches in hopes of offering safety tips to millions of viewers. However, when a mysterious hacker starts stealing thousands from his bank account, going through his trash, and taking over his social media personality, Scott stands to lose everything he has. He explains the chaos his life faced after being compromised by multiple cyber-attacks. Through this book, besides sharing his own experience, he shares tips and lessons he learned being on the end of an attack of the sort.

4. The Cyber Effect by Mary Aiken

Technology can be used for good or bad purposes. As an expert in forensic cyberpsychology the author’s research interests include cyber security, organized cybercrime, cyberstalking, technology-facilitated human trafficking, and the rights of the child online. Aiken provides surprising statistics and incredible-buttrue case studies of hidden trends that are shaping our culture and raising troubling questions about where the digital revolution is taking us. This book raises a lot of conversations on how the Internet is shaping development and behavior, societal norms and values, children, safety, privacy, and our perception of the world.

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