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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
great book!

This is a great book for managers.
It is very non-technical and very interesting.
If this book does not scare the heck out of managers, nothing will.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing Security with Snort and IDS Tools
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Christopher Gerg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent description of Snort

Up to this point, I've only use simple firewalls for my home network. Not that I think there's anything really worth hacking on my home network, but I thought I'd spend a little time learning about intrusion detection. This book is great for several reasons. First, it is well put together and easy to follow. Second, it describes in detail the open source project Snort. Finally, it satisfied my curiosity about IDS (Intrusion detection systems) - I'm not an expert, but I now understand the concepts.

Even though the book did not mention OS X specifically, it was easy to get snort compiled and installed on my Mac. There were a few tweaks I had to do, but if you're familiar with "configure; make; make install", it should be a snap. (Likewise, fink or darwinports can get you going with Snort as well). Any other flavor of Unix/Linux would be that much easier to install.

Beyond just describing how to install and configure Snort, the book does go into some detail about how networks are attacked and how Snort goes about alerting you to possible intrusive behavior. There are also numerous reference to web sites and other books to find more information. It also goes into detail on various other tools that augment and complement Snort.

Very well done.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Planning Extreme Programming
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Kent Beck, Martin Fowler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
How to project plan an XP project

Very good book for everybody wanting to know how to plan and organize an XP project. Very practical, concise. A must read for anyone involved in XP.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Organizational Patterns of Agile Software Development
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: James O. Coplien, Neil B. Harrison
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best organisational patterns

This is the best book on patterns since the publication of Alexander's A Pattern Language. The book offers four pattern languages containing over 100 patterns that show you how to design, grow, shape and improve an organisation. The patterns are dense, full of insights, wisdom and knowledge; they are based on the authors' more than a decade of research and experience. Many of the patterns are timeless, such as CommunityOfTrust, ConwaysLaw and NamedStableBases. Some patterns are really beautiful, such as WorkFlowsInward, ArchitectAlsoImplements and FormFollowsFunction. Although the book is about organisational patterns, I have found it valuable for anyone who is interested in patterns or wishes to learn about patterns.