In 2015 Dave Millier released his first novel, Breached! A Cautionary Tale of Cybersecurity and Intrigue. If you haven’t heard of it, Breached! is the story of a fast growing gastro pub chain who becomes the target of hackers, where 30,000 of its customers have had their credit data stolen. The story follows new company CIO, Tim, as he struggles with how to deal with the aftermath, and how to prevent a future breach. It’s a great handbook for all businesses on how to prevent a web application security breach.
It’s been almost 4 years since its publication, and news reports are still filled with many large companies suffering major security breaches, with many consumer’s personal information being stolen. Last year, life imitated art when Canadian restaurant chain Recipe Unlimited suffered a breach that shut down several of the chain’s restaurants. Canada Post, the Government of Nova Scotia, and even Facebook have all suffered breaches. The FTC has levied substantial fines on Facebook just this past year. Fines for companies that are found to not do enough to secure information, or if that don’t disclose that they have been breached in a timely fashion, are going up. The maximum penalty under GDPR can reach up to €20 million, or 4% annual global turnover – whichever is higher.
Millier's Breached! is easy to read for those both technical and non-technical. Based on Millier's experiences over 20 years in the industry, the book is part business manual, part entertaining thriller, and part clairvoyant. The sad part is, it has been 4 years since the book has been published, yet these significant breaches haven't stopped.
If you still haven't read Dave Millier's book, you can find it for purchase on Amazon via the link below. Makes a great gift for the business owner or executive who may be losing sleep over the thought of a potential breach.