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05-21-2019, 03:23 PM
Professor Ross Anderson is a SME on cyber and security engineering @ Cambridge University and is writing a new book. One chapter is an examination of the cyber sphere post-Snowden revelations; it is 32 pgs. and is free to view. The author invites comments and explains his purpose here:
Today I put online a chapter on Who is the Opponent (https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/SEv3-ch2-May16.pdf), which draws together what we learned from Snowden and others about the capabilities of state actors, together with what we’ve learned about cybercrime actors as a result of running the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre. Isn’t it odd that almost six years after Snowden, nobody’s tried to pull together what we learned into a coherent summary?
Link to author's commentary:https://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2019/05/17/security-engineering-third-edition/ and his Wiki entry:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_J._Anderson

Link to published article:https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/SEv3-ch2-May16.pdf

05-24-2019, 09:10 PM
Professor Ross is able take an enormous amount of information, show how it is related and/or connected, and present it in a very comprehensible manner. Absorbing the volume of what he presents is like drinking from a fire hose; unfortunately much of what flows doesn't taste too good.

Most non-technical readers, my self included, are going to conclude the answer to protecting yourself in the cyber world is, "you can't".

Read the article, it is well worth your time.