Byte Wars: The Impact of September 11 on Information Technology (Yourdon Press Computing Series)

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The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are transforming information technology, leading to profound and permanent changes. This text focuses on the immediate changes IT professionals are already encountering in 2002 and the long-term changes for which they must prepare.

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Less sensationalistic than its title suggests, Byte Wars: The Impact of September 11 on Information Technology compiles software developer Edward Yourdon's timely concerns about 21st century IT security. Specifically addressing government officials, corporate executives, IT managers, programmers and citizens, he identifies risks to safety, privacy and other fundamental values and provides concrete steps they (that is, we) can take to disarm threats.

Yourdon is well known for having beaten the Y2K drum vigorously, and it would be easy to mistake him for a hysteria monger. His clarity, confidence and good humour will quickly allay any doubts in the reader's mind--though some of his ideas have only the most tenuous link to the events of 9/11/2001, they are all well considered and valuable as we move further into an era we don't yet understand.

Examining emergent systems, resiliency, death-march projects and more with an eye toward securing our lives and liberty, Byte Wars gives us an optimistic look at our murky future. --Rob Lightner

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How 9/11 is transforming IT—and how to survive the new "decade of security"!
The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are transforming information technology, leading to profound and permanent changes. In this book, Ed Yourdon—legendary software engineering expert and author of Decline and Fall of the American Programmer—focuses on the immediate changes IT professionals are already encountering and the long-term changes they must prepare for. Yourdon addresses 9/11s impact on IT at every level- strategic, national, corporate, and personal. Coverage includes-
"Thinking the unthinkable"- Identifying and managing risks youve never considered
New "decade of security" that is following the 90s "decade of productivity" and the 80s "decade of quality"
Privacy landscape changed forever- what it means to your organization—and to you
New threats, new paradigms, new counter measures (the balance of security vs. functionality)
"Death March," security, disaster recovery, and contingency planning projects
The new balance of security vs. functionality
Increasing the resilience of your IT infrastructure
Grassroots, peer-to-peer collaboration- responding to tomorrows unpredictable, chaotic crises
Yourdon doesnt just present problems- he outlines specific strategy options designed to lead to more effective decision-making—for IT professionals, projectmanagers and senior corporate executives, government leaders, and citizens alike. "One of the ten most influential men and women in the software field."
—Crosstalk magazine

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