Data and Goliath by Bruce Schneier – A Review

I finished Bruce Schneier’s latest contribution to the realm of corporate and governmental surveillance. This book is a great read if you want to understand just who IS spying on you. Turns out it is not just the NSA, but big corporations are collecting all data they can on customers and potential customers, and this information is sold and exchanged. Then there is the unholy alliance between corporate American and Big Government surveillance.

At the end, he recommended solutions in the last few chapters, but my favorite are from Chapter 15, Solutions for the Rest of Us. They are:

  • Notice Surveillance – start paying attention to all the times you have to part with personally identifying information.
  • Talk About Surveillance – hey, now you can stun your friends into numbed silence the way I do.  Kidding.  This topic must come to the forefront if we are going to see positive changes.  After two years of press, look how cybersecurity has been pushed to the top of mind.  We need to do the same for privacy.
  • Avoid Surveillance – pay with cash, alter your travel route to avoid camera location, use Duck Duck Go for your search engine, don’t take your cell phone when you travel to avoid being tracked.
  • Block Surveillance – by using encryption, use tracking blocker plugins such as Lightbeam, Privacy Badger. Use anonymity services such as TOR.
  • Distort Surveillance – some ways to achieve this is using made up information when signing up for online services or filling in online forms.
  • Break Surveillance – most of these activities will get you arrested if you are caught.

If you would like to check out this book, you can order it from Amazon using the link that follows.


About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an instruction for CompTIA’s non-profit IT-Ready Program in the Twin Cities. IT-Ready is a tuition free 8-week program designed to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of IT support to prepare them for an entry level position in Information Technology Support. Graduates of the classes take the exams to become CompTIA A+ certified. Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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