Five technology and security books I’m reading to start the new year


Trying to keep up on the latest technology and security developments is never-ending. The number of articles, expert interviews, books, blogs, videos, presentations, podcasts, and documentaries we need to watch to keep up also seems endless. Still, there’s nothing like a good book for an expert deep dive on a topic, which is why I try to read at least one or two each week.

Here are the five books that will kick off my 2018:

  1. Blockchain: Ultimate guide to understanding blockchain, bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and the future of money by Mark Gates: This is a subject I’ve been keeping up with on the periphery, as I am well aware of Blockhain’s potential to disrupt contracts, cybersecurity, and identity. The first quarter of this year I’m going to take a technical deep dive and this book will be my start.
  2. Zero Trust Networks: Building Secure Systems in Untrusted Networks by Evan Gilman and‎ Doug Barth: I’ve been wanting to read this since it came out this summer. The theory behind zero-trust networks has been around for a long time now, and it’s been a large part of many interviews over the years with my friends in the business, CISOs, and security analysts in the public and private sector. Time for a refresher.
  3. Machine Learning: Master The Three Types Of Machine Learning + Hacking: Computer Hacking Mastery by Robert Keane: For early 2018, my idea is to take a look at the combination of two subjects that are among my favorite, hacking and machine learning. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and what used to be commonly called expert systems have remained a significant part of my reading over the years. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, however, AI seemed to be in a dark age. I think Ray Kurzweil’s 2005 book The Singularity is Near brought AI back to the forefront. If you haven’t read them yet, and this is a topic that interests you, I also suggest How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, Race Against the Machine and The Second Machine Age.
  4. Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World by Marc Goodman: I’m really playing catch-up here as this has been on my stack for some time. I just had to slide it to the top and get it done. I follow Marc Goodman on Twitter and have seen him speak and find his insight interesting. I’m looking forward to finally reading this one.
  5. Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know by P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman: I’ve read a number of Singer’s books and his coverage is always thorough. I’m looking forward to seeing what he and his co-author has to say on cyberwar.

What are your reads going into the New Year? Feel free to drop a recommendation of thoughts on my reads in the comment section.

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