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The top 3 cybersecurity books to read as a business owner in 2022

Max Pierce - December 8, 2021

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Looking for a practical guide on the steps required to secure your business? These 3 cybersecurity books are a great starting point.

If you want to take it a step further, feel free to reach out to me directly and we can talk about security that is relevant to your industry.

Looking for the short(er) answer on securing your business? Read our step-by-step guide on performing a cyber security audit of your business. Small hint here, there is not a single resource that will tell you everything you need to know to adequately protect your business. The best way to protect your business is to work with a cybersecurity firm.

Let’s get into it, I don’t want to waste your time so here are my top 3 cybersecurity book recommendations:

If you want to dig a bit deeper into these cybersecurity books before making a decision, read more below.

#3: The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data

This award-winning cybersecurity book was written by Kevin Mitnick, a world (in)famous hacker who has hacked into some of the country’s most powerful and seemingly impenetrable agencies and companies. Kevin at one point was “The World’s Most Wanted Hacker”. Since 2000, he has been a security consultant and author.

The Art of Invisibility dives more into how your data is being exposed, how companies get hacked, and how you can stop it from happening. You will learn things like smart Wi-Fi usage to advanced techniques to make you more anonymous online. Kevin teaches “the art of invisibility”, which are online (and real-world) tactics to protect yourself.

This book is exciting, a little scary, and very compelling. It’s a great read and comes highly recommended.

Why it matters to you as a business owner:

Within The Art of Invisibility, you will find no-nonsense solutions to maximizing your security and achieving anonymity online. This can be translated into tools for the training and education of your team. After all, the overwhelming majority of breaches occur as a result of human error.

#2: Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World

Written in 2018 by Bruce Schneier, Click Here to Kill Everybody explores the risks and security implications of the rapid growth of connected devices and widespread automation and lays out suggestions on how to mitigate these concerns on a societal level.

The book is often praised for its in-depth diagnosis of the core problems of the widespread security flaws of modern internet-based devices. Bruce dives into a host of plausible changes we can make, as a society to regulate and mitigate these concerns.

He also talks about the “hidden web” of technical, political, and market forces that are at the core of the security problems the world is facing today. This book is a sobering look at the reality we face today (and it was written before COVID-19 even began).

Why it matters to you as a business owner:

Bruce offers common sense options for companies to avoid falling prey to this new world of vulnerabilities. You also will be considerably more educated after reading this excellent dive into the background of our world.

Insider Insight: If you want to turn heads and grab some attention, “Click Here to Kill Everybody:…” does a great job at that. We send it out to business owners to get them to start thinking about cybersecurity. Not everyone loves it but those that do find it very compelling.

#1: Cybersecurity Program Development for Business: The essential planning guide

Cybersecurity Program Development for Business is the go-to guide for an executive or business owner to develop and implement a cybersecurity program. It is a thorough overview of the development and management of an effective cybersecurity program.

The best part of this book is that it is not slowed down by confusing industry jargon or tech-speak. It is was written with the executive in mind that has little to no experience in cybersecurity.

This is a great starting point for any business owner/executive/manager to improve your organization’s cyber hygiene and get on board with the times.

Why it matters to you as a business owner:

This one is pretty simple. If you are looking for a pragmatic guide on improving your business’s cybersecurity posture, Cybersecurity Program Development for Business is the book for you. It may not always be a page-turner but your business will be in a much better position after reading (and implementing) the strategies found throughout this book.

Insider Insight: There are lot’s of excellent cybersecurity books out there. Some of which have really compelling stories, it’s not just tech-jargon packed informational books (but those can be fun too).

Wrapping up

If you are a business owner/executive/business manager you can’t afford to ignore your cybersecurity, that time has passed.

2021 broke records for cyber attacks. Small businesses are quickly becoming the most common targets for threat actors. It is no longer a question of if but instead when. If you are the low-hanging fruit, your business will be attacked.

You don’t get a free pass because you are:

  1. Too small to get noticed
  2. Don’t have important data
  3. Aren’t in a commonly attacked industry

These threat actors don’t care about the details, they are in it for the money. Your business can get them the money they seek, either by making you pay ransomware, selling your data, or using your data to commit further financial fraud.

If you haven’t yet, it’s time to start a conversation with a cybersecurity agency. We (obviously) would recommend working with Techfive.

If not us, find a local company near you that can help and get on the phone with them. 2022 is the year cyber-attacks become mainstream, time to get ahead of the curve.

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Marketing Manager @ Techfive | Working to make B2B brands more personable & human.

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