Project Zero Trust

Author: George Finney
Publisher: Wiley
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-1119884842
Print: 1119884845
Kindle: B0B99BJF2V
Audience: General
Rating: 4.5
Reviewer: Kay Ewbank

What's the best way to learn about how to build a zero trust environment? This book takes the route of telling a story about how an organization is attacked and fights back.

This book is written as a novel, or at least a set of interconnected stories, rather than a how to guide. The hero of the book is Dylan, a new IT Director at a company that experiences a ransomware attack on his first day.



Zero trust, the elimination of trust from digital systems, has gained ground over recent years. It sets out the idea that anybody who has access to an organization's network, whether from inside or outside, has to be authenticated and authorized, and be validated on an ongoing basis before they can gain access to any applications or data. The definition of the network is anywhere, locally or in the cloud, with resources and workers anywhere. 


The book opens with a foreword by the inventor of zero trust, John Kindervag. The novel then kicks off with a chapter on the case for zero trust. In this initial chapter, Dylan gets up, goes on his treadmill at 5am, but is alerted to a cyberattack at his new company, and the rest of the chapter describes his first day dealing with it. As with the rest of the book, the chapter ends with a section on the key takeaways (presumably in case you're too engrossed to notice the science bits.)

The next chapter looks at how to have zero trust as a strategy, with key takeaways of the principles of zero trust, the design methodology and the implementation curve. 

A chapter on trust being a vulnerability comes next, and opens with Dylan managing to walk his way through the physical office without being challenged by looking confident and being on his phone apparently on a call, and a discussion of how easy it would be to circumvent ID badges for opening doors anyway.

A chapter on 'the crown jewels' in the form of the ERP system and its data comes next, followed by 'the identity cornerstone' where the identity and access settings for the employees and clients are under scrutiny.

The next couple of chapters look at applying zero trust principles to devops, SOCs, and cloud storage and access.

The book ends with chapters on how to have a sustainable zero trust culture, and how every step matters and how to improve once you've got a zero trust strategy up and running. There are also a few useful appendices giving links and tables of useful info.

Overall, this format worked well as a backbone for getting across the zero security message. The book is well written and the story parts don't come across as irritating or cheesy. If you need to get someone non-techie to understand the concept, this would be a good choice.

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Classic Computer Science Problems in Python

Author: David Kopec
Publisher: Manning
Date: March 2019
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-1617295980
Print: 1617295981
Kindle: ‎ ‎ B09782BT4Q
Level: Intermediate
Audience: Python developers
Category: Python
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Mike James
Classic algorithms in Python - the world's favourite language.


Author: Panos Louridas
Publisher: MIT Press
Date: August 2020
Pages: 312
ISBN: 978-0262539029
Print: 0262539020
Kindle:  B084V86BXM
Audience: General
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Mike James
Algorithms - big subject, smallish book!

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