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Read any good cybersecurity books lately? Where do you go to get recommendations for books to learn more about the industry? One of my colleagues, Rick Howard, the CyberWire's CSO and Chief Analyst, helped to create the Cybersecurity Canon in 2013. According to their Twitter account, the Cybersecurity Canon "is a curated collection of "must-read #InfoSec books that are of the highest quality and, if not read, will leave a hole in the #cybersecurity professional's education that will make the practitioner incomplete." You can learn more about the Cybersecurity Canon here.
I'm sharing this because during the week of May 24th, Rick will be interviewing authors of five of the winning books that are being inducted into the Cybersecurity Canon Hall of Fame for 2021 on the CyberWire's Daily Podcast. One of the authors he is interviewing is Liza Mundy. She is the author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. Goodreads introduces "Code Girls" as:
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.
While "Code Girls" does not discuss modern cybersecurity, Rick said the book "highlights key women being successful in our field at the very beginning of cybersecurity history." Rick's interview with Liza Mundy airs on the CyberWire's Daily Podcast on May 27th. Our team recommends you check out "Code Girls" and the books that not only were named winners, but all that were nominated. There are some really great reads in the collection.
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