I’m delighted to announce that my new book, Breached!, with Professor Woodrow Hartzog is now out in print:
WHY DATA SECURITY LAW FAILS AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT
(Oxford University Press, March 1, 2022)
Website for Breached!
Breached! Amazon Page
Excerpt from the book jacket description:
Drawing insights from many fascinating stories about data breaches, Solove and Hartzog show how major breaches could have been prevented or mitigated through a different approach to data security rules. Current law is counterproductive. It pummels organizations that have suffered a breach but doesn’t address the many other actors that contribute to the problem: software companies that create vulnerable software, device companies that make insecure devices, government policymakers who write regulations that increase security risks, organizations that train people to engage in risky behaviors, and more.
Although humans are the weakest link for data security, policies and technologies are often designed with a poor understanding of human behavior. Breached! corrects this course by focusing on the human side of security. Drawing from public health theory and a nuanced understanding of risk, Solove and Hartzog set out a holistic vision for data security law-one that holds all actors accountable, understands security broadly and in relationship to privacy, looks to prevention and mitigation rather than reaction, and works by accepting human limitations rather than being in denial of them. The book closes with a roadmap for how we can reboot law and policy surrounding data security.
Here is some additional advanced praise about the book beyond the quotes in the image above:
“A fascinating exploration of the ways that our fixation on individual data breaches has limited the effectiveness of data security law.” – Josephine Wolff, Associate Professor of Cybersecurity Policy, Tufts University
“Breached! shows how the future of data security requires us to look at the problem holistically and understand that good privacy rules can also promote good security outcomes. A breath of fresh air on an important and often-ignored topic.”– Neil Richards, Professor of Law, Washington University
“A compelling account of where data security law has gone wrong plus convincing advocacy of where it should go. This book should be read by anyone involved in privacy and cybersecurity.” – Paul Schwartz, Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law, Berkeley Law School
“A clear, accessible, persuasive case that data security today needs a systematic approach, far beyond just mopping up breaches. I hope every regulator or legislator working on the subject reads this book and follows their advice.” – William McGeveran, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, U. Minnesota Law School
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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy and data security training. He also posts at his blog at LinkedIn, which has more than 1 million followers.
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