"I can't think of anyone better qualified to tell cybersecurity war stories than Mark. This book is a riveting read, filled with details that people don't normally get to hear about." - Danny Bradbury, DarkReading
"A great read about real-life cyber security incidents from the man who was there, playing cat and mouse with the hackers – I have seen Mark Sangster in action. His book gets to the root causes of why there is no safe harbor for any of us. Each chapter lists practical cyber security steps we should all take – starting today!" - Mike StJohn-Green, Independent Cybersecurity Consultant
Stories of massive data breaches litter the 24-hour news day headlines. A who’s who of banks, retailers, law firms, and healthcare organizations are affected by hackers and cybercrime syndicates. These companies, however, are often those with the most sophisticated technological systems in place, designed to stop crime before it starts. So how and why do cybercriminals continue to breach their ranks? And how can smaller companies with fewer resources at hand protect themselves?
The story of digital crime told by cyber security expert Mark Sangster is one that hasn't been told before: one in which the key to changing the locks isn't in our computers, but in our corporate culture. Sangster deftly weaves together real-life criminal cases in a thrilling narrative that illustrates the human complexities behind the scenes that can directly result in an open door to threats. Within a security context, deep social engineering is the newest and biggest means of breaching our systems. Sangster shows readers that, in a world where the notion of truth is evaporating, organizations need to shift the security discussion away from technology gates alone toward a focus on leadership, team behaviors, and mutual support.
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Mark provides a real wake-up call to law firms and companies of all sizes, especially to those that think they are too small or inconsequential to be the target of cyber crime. He draws from his expertise and experience to break down the misconceptions of cybersecurity and uses real life examples to demonstrate the myriad ways cyber criminals can attack. Likening cyber viruses to the unprecedented global pandemic, “No Safe Harbor” explains that cybersecurity has to become part of strategic planning; we can no longer just react to security issues, we have to have a mindset of protection.
Steve Salkin, Managing Editor, ALM’s Cybersecurity Law & Strategy
Mark’s straight forward approach to storytelling and explaining by example, helps clear the fog of cybersecurity to allow aspiring business leaders a better understanding of the risks, threats and vulnerabilities faced by their companies in today’s business environment. Written in easy to understand language that anyone can grasp, and by analyzing the growing cybersecurity problem through the conceptual lens of business people, Mark shares the successes and failures of others so that lessons can be learned and strategies and plans adjusted accordingly to avoid repeating the mistakes of recent history. This is a ‘must read’ for any aspiring business leader.
Richard Stayning, Chief Security Strategist @Cylera, & Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity Risk Management @The University of Denver, University College
Mark Sangster’s advice could not have arrived at a more propitious moment, as the work paradigm changes to remote information systems access as a default rather than an exception. The book reads like a collection of short stories, all revolving around a central theme: Cybersecurity is a business risk and a people challenge and the approach to those people should be made, as Mark does so well, by appeals to common sense and documented in easy-to-understand frameworks. This book should be essential reading for senior management and corporate directors.
Kenneth Rashbaum, Partner, Barton LLP
Sangster brings to light the cyberattacks that never make the headlines. It’s a must-read for leaders developing tomorrow’s technology. He reverse-engineers the risks facing their businesses, to prevent our technical triumphs from becoming the cyber criminals' gain.
Iain Klugman, President & CEO, Communitech Corporation
With the world experiencing an all-encompassing digital revolution that is reshaping seemingly every aspect of our business and personal lives, cybersecurity is more important than ever. No Safe Harbor is an engrossing journey into cybercrime that cleverly illustrates the chaos underneath the shiny façade of the modern internet.
Mirko Zorz, Editor in Chief, Help Net Security
Manufacturers of all sizes are under constant threat from cyber criminals—yet most don’t recognize that they are a target. Mark Sangster a singularity in our sector, working tirelessly to rectify this dangerous misconception. He cuts through the techno-babble and speaks directly to business leaders in their own language, providing them clear tools and strategies they can use to protect their organizations and their supply chains.
Chris Schmidt Vice President of Strategic Partnerships National Association of Manufacturing (NAM)
Cybercrime is a growth industry. Businesses need to learn the skills to defend themselves against ever sophisticated threats.
Do the right thing, and do the thing right. Cybersecurity is a business risk to manage, not an IT problem to solve.
Countries don't need bullets, polonium-laced cocktails, or poison-tipped umbrellas to exact revenge. Businesses feel the aftershocks of geopolitics.
Sometimes human error isn't really error, it's bias. Blaming the human often means we miss the real causes behind a cyber breach.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, the most heinous attacks targeted healthcare workers.
It's a leader's job to ask tough questions and build a company that understands security from the ground up.
The story behind the Deepwater Horizon is that we can avoid many risks that lead to major cyber breaches.
The consumer is the product. Explore the changing definition of privacy and consumer-led security.
You can't insure your reputation. Navigating cyber insurance policies and limitations.
In the next war, there is no longer a line between combatants and civilian actions. There is no collateral damage, just damage.
What you don't know can harm you. Ignorance is not bliss, it's negligence.
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