Books for beefing up business security

Vancouver Public Library picks point the way to understanding security threats to your company, and how to mitigate them


Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity by Condoleezza Rice and Amy B. Zegart

Political action can seriously affect businesses and attacks can come from multiple sources such as social media users, hackers and even local governments. Condoleezza Rice and Amy Zegart look at ways in which political activity can throw a company into crisis and what measures need to be taken to limit the damage. Whistleblowers and watchdog groups may also find this book of interest.


The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Cliff Stoll

If you need a break from dense security manuals, try The Cuckoo’s Egg,  the true story of the manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who captured the computer hacker responsible for stealing sensitive military and security information from U.S. computer systems. While it may read like a true-crime thriller, Cliff Stoll still raises fundamental questions about security and values that are even more relevant today.



Cybersecurity Program Development for Business: The Essential Planning Guide by Chris Moschovitis

Chris Moschovitis achieves the impossible in Cybersecurity Program Development, by writing a fun read on cybersecurity risks for executives. Using non-technical language, he outlines how to understand your company’s risk and how to make smart business decisions.


The Disaster Recovery Handbook: A Step-by-Step Plan to Ensure Business Continuity and Protect Vital Operations, Facilities, and Assets by Michael Wallace and Lawrence Webber

In the event of a security breach, or a natural- or human-made disaster, it is essential to have a recovery plan in place so that your business can minimize the damages, resume its operations as quickly as possible and protect staff, customers and assets. The Disaster Recovery Handbook provides a thorough overview for different scenarios, including information, data and network security issues.


Build A Security Culture by Kai Roer

In this ebook, Kai Roer addresses security risks that exploit the shortcomings of individual human behaviour. To counter this, he suggests relying on the strength of the group by creating a culture of security. Roer outlines how to build and practise this culture with the use of psychological and organizational behaviour theory, illustrating with practical examples.


The Routledge Companion to Risk, Crisis and Security in Business, edited by Kurt J. Engemann

Learn everything you’ll ever need to know about handling risk, crisis and security issues in the context of your business with this 2018 compendium edited by Kurt Engemann. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field and covers a wide array of topics, such as risk modelling, crisis leadership, systems security and much more.