Byte Wars: The Impact of September 11 on Information Technology

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The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are transforming information technology, leading to profound and permanent changes. In Byte Wars, legendary software engineering expert Ed Yourdon focuses on the immediate changes IT professionals are already encountering, and the long-term changes they must prepare for. From privacy issues to lean supply chains, "Death March," security, disaster recovery, and contingency planning projects, Yourdon addresses 9/11's impact on IT at every level - and outlines effective responses for executives, IT pros, and citizens alike.

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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 humor 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, 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 9/11's impact on IT at every level: strategic, national, corporate, and personal. Coverage includes:

  • "Thinking the unthinkable": Identifying and managing risks you've 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 tomorrow's unpredictable, chaotic crises

Yourdon doesn't 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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