After hearing “Future Crimes” by Marc Goodman mentioned on a Security Now podcast, I decided to check it out. I downloaded it on Audible, which is how I consume most books. From the minute I started listening, I was hooked! I am a security conscience person, I listen to podcasts, read books and keep up with new technology. The things Marc spoke of in this book just blew me away, so many things that I hadn’t thought of before.
Marc talks about the many ways that we are vulnerable online, with all of the information that we share so freely to the world via social media, etc. The information he provides, although frightening, should be read by everyone, no matter what age. I can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t benefit from reading this book. Technology is advancing exponentially and we need to arm ourselves with knowledge. By educating ourselves, at least we have the option to make better decisions on what we share and with whom.
He also talks about criminal scenarios involving drones, robots, biological weapons, synthetic DNA, data theft, etc. Drones, for example can be used to transport drugs or explosives very easily. Robots can be allowed to make decisions on whether or not to kill a human being sometime in the near future. DNA can be analyzed cheaper than ever, reproduced and even used to frame a person.
At the end of this book, Marc talks about the importance of people getting behind and creating a type of crowd-sourcing to work against cyber crime. Similar to the way “X Prize” offers monetary prizes to teams who solve problems for a vast amount of challenges, we need to have a way to encourage others to team up for the advancement online safety and security.
I have always been interested in cyber crime investigation, but now more than ever. I recently found a great free resource for obtaining training and certifications called Cybrary. I am currently working toward my Comptia Security + certification.