Follow Us On Twitter and You Could Win A Free Book

In an attempt to spread some awesome infosec literature to the local security community (and perhaps gain a few new Twitter followers in the process), we will be having a free book giveaway via Twitter of some classic security books.

Starting this week, we be giving away one book per week for the next month or so. At a random time during the week we will tweet a clue associated with whatever book we are giving away that week, and it’s up to you to tweet back to us as quickly as you can. The first person to tweet back after reading the clue will win the book.

The books have been gently used, but still have timeless information to offer. Instead of them sitting on our bookshelf, we want to get them out to people who haven’t had the chance to read them yet.

The only stipulations are that you follow us on Twitter and that you live in the NoVA, DC, or MD area. Other than that, the books are yours to keep. If you don’t already follow us on Twitter, you can find us @grecs.

The book that we’ll be giving away this week will be The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Cliff Stoll. Often cited as the book that started the now booming genre of books that center on chasing and capturing computer criminals, The Cuckoo’s Egg is a classic book that every security professional should read.

Aside from the triumphant story Stoll tells in The Cuckoo’s Egg (he single-handedly tracked down a German hacker that was part of a larger group of spies), there’s also some practical advice that will never become outdated. Our favorite nugget of wisdom from The Cuckoo’s Egg? That even after 20 years since Stoll published the first edition of The Cuckoo’s Egg, we continue to repeat the same mistakes in security.

You can read some additional reviews of The Cuckoo’s Egg on Amazon.

So, don’t forget to check your Twitter feeds this week for a clue about The Cuckoo’s Egg. We’ll be tweeting it at a random time each week, so be sure to keep a lookout.

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