Consultant Ben Rothke's "Computer Security: 20 Things Every Employee Should Know," is a forty-five page handbook for securing the workplace from McGraw-Hill's Professional Education series. Rothke has written an up-to-date, clear, and concise introduction to the many dangers that lurk in cyberspace. He covers such topics as phishing, spyware, identity theft, e-mail hoaxes, data management, firewalls, and choosing a secure password.
"Computer Security" would be most useful as a handout for new hires who work in a corporate setting. Rothke warns workers to use discretion when surfing the Web, and to avoid downloading anything unless they are sure that it safe. Employers do not look too kindly on employees who use their databases carelessly and frivolously. Attention to confidentiality, assiduously backing up important data, and the ability to avoid introducing viruses or other invaders into the company computer system are essential priorities for every staff member.
This handbook is nicely laid out, easy to read, and relatively jargon free. At the end of the book is a handy glossary of computer security terms. Bulleted lists and summaries reinforce the important points that the reader should remember. This is an excellent introduction to a subject that is vital for anyone who works with computers in a business setting or even at home. A moment of cyber-carelessness can have serious consequences, and preventing trouble is a great deal easier than having to fix it after the fact.