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7 Book Recommendations by Scott Hanselman
Justina IrelandNew York Times bestseller * Six starred reviews At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland's stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet. Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It's a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations. But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston's School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.
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Cybersecurity for Executives in the Age of Cloud
Teri RadichelWith the rising cost of data breaches, executives need to understand the basics of cybersecurity so they can make strategic decisions that keep companies out of headlines and legal battles. Although top executives do not make the day-to-day technical decisions related to cybersecurity, they can direct the company from the top down to have a security mindset. As this book explains, executives can build systems and processes that track gaps and security problems while still allowing for innovation and achievement of business objectives. Many of the data breaches occurring today are the result of fundamental security problems, not crafty attacks by insidious malware. The way many companies are moving to cloud environments exacerbates these problems. However, cloud platforms can also help organizations reduce risk if organizations understand how to leverage their benefits. If and when a breach does happen, a company that has the appropriate metrics can more quickly pinpoint and correct the root cause. Over time, as organizations mature, they can fend off and identify advanced threats more effectively. The book covers cybersecurity fundamentals such as encryption, networking, data breaches, cyber-attacks, malware, viruses, incident handling, governance, risk management, security automation, vendor assessments, and cloud security. RECOMMENDATION: As a former senior military leader, I learned early on that my personal expertise of a subject was less important than my ability to ask better questions of the experts. Often, I had no expertise at all but was required to make critical high risk decisions under very tight time constraints. In this book Teri helps us understand the better questions we should be asking about our data, data systems, networks, architecture development, vendors and cybersecurity writ large and why the answers to these questions matter to our organizations bottom line as well as our personal liability. Teri writes in a conversational tone adding personal experiences that bring life and ease of understanding to an otherwise very technical, complex and sometimes overwhelming subject. Each chapter breaks down a critical component that lends to a comprehensive understanding or can be taken individually. I am not steeped in cyber, but Teri's advice and recommendations have proven critical to my own work on Boards of Directors as well as my leadership work with corporate CISOs, cybersecurity teams, and C-Suite executives. In a time-constrained world this is a worthy read. - Stephen A. Clark, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret) AUTHOR: Teri Radichel (@teriradichel) is the CEO of 2nd Sight Lab, a cloud and cybersecurity training and consulting company. She has a Master of Software Engineering, a Master of Information Security Engineering, and over 25 years of technology, security, and business experience. Her certifications include GSE, GXPN, GCIH, GPEN, GCIA, GCPM, GCCC, and GREM. SANS Institute gave her the 2017 Difference Makers Award for cybersecurity innovation. She is on the IANS (Institute for Applied Network Security) faculty and formerly taught and helped with curriculum for cloud security classes at SANS Institute. She is an AWS hero and runs the Seattle AWS Architects and Engineers Meetup which has over 3000 members. Teri was on the original Capital One cloud team helping with cloud engineering, operations, and security operations. She wrote a paper called Balancing Security and Innovation With Event Driven Automation based on lessons learned from that experience. It explains how companies can leverage automation to improve cybersecurity. She went on to help a security vendor move a product to AWS as a cloud architect and later Director of SaaS Engineering, where she led a team that implemented the concepts described in her paper. She now helps companies around the world with cloud and cyber security as a sought-after speaker, trainer, security researcher, and pentester.
The Complete Software Developer's Career Guide
John Z. Sonmez"Early in his software developer career, John Sonmez discovered that technical knowledge alone isn't enough to break through to the next income level - developers need "soft skills" like the ability to learn new technologies just in time, communicate clearly with management and consulting clients, negotiate a fair hourly rate, and unite teammates and coworkers in working toward a common goal. Today John helps more than 1.4 million programmers every year to increase their income by developing this unique blend of skills. Who Should Read This Book? Entry-Level Developers - This book will show you how to ensure you have the technical skills your future boss is looking for, create a resume that leaps off a hiring manager's desk, and escape the "no work experience" trap. Mid-Career Developers - You'll see how to find and fill in gaps in your technical knowledge, position yourself as the one team member your boss can't live without, and turn those dreaded annual reviews into chance to make an iron-clad case for your salary bump. Senior Developers - This book will show you how to become a specialist who can command above-market wages, how building a name for yourself can make opportunities come to you, and how to decide whether consulting or entrepreneurship are paths you should pursue. Brand New Developers - In this book you'll discover what it's like to be a professional software developer, how to go from "I know some code" to possessing the skills to work on a development team, how to speed along your learning by avoiding common beginner traps, and how to decide whether you should invest in a programming degree or 'bootcamp.'"--
Cheryl ConteeSilicon Valley can be a wild ride for an entrepreneur, especially if you're a woman, a minority (or both!). But not being a white dude dropout from Stanford shouldn't stand between you and startup success-there's a path forward for everyone, including you. In Mechanical Bull, Silicon Valley veteran Cheryl Contee takes readers through her entrepreneurial journey with humor and candor, sharing practical insights from her experience of launching three startups and receiving more than $2 million in venture capital investment, despite being a nontraditional founder. Through Cheryl's open, honest account of the gender and race bias in a system set up to serve the aforementioned (i.e., the privileged few), you'll learn how to steer through that system and flourish along the way.So saddle up for a practical guide to launching a successful startup and riding trends like a boss-without ever getting thrown off your game.