***** Low Tech Hacking: Street Smarts for Security Professionals. By Jack Wiles and others. Syngress, www.syngress.com; 264 pages; $49.95.
Security guru Bruce Schneier has observed that incorrectly deployed cryptography is akin to putting a big flagpole in front of your facility and hoping that it will stop any attackers from breaking in. Of course, attackers will simply go around the flagpole rather than running into it.
In this book, the authors, all information security veterans, show how low-tech hacks can be just as devastating as a large-scale directed attack.
The authors show how these simple attacks can be obviated by simple technical solutions, and they provide numerous examples.
Overall, Low Tech Hacking is a valuable reference. The authors have written a book that is light on theory, but heavy on actions readers can quickly take to secure their networks. And that is a very good thing.