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Book Review - Information Security Law: Control of Digital Assets

By Stephen Northcutt

Information Security Law: Control of Digital Assets
, by Mark G. Milone. 2006, Law Journal Press[1]

I am not a lawyer, but I spend a lot of money on lawyers on information security and intellectual property issues. This is the longest book on computer security law I have ever read. And the publisher is a bit put out at me with the time it took to do the review, but I will not write a review until I can finish the book. This is a book for lawyers. You have probably seen these types of books, they come in a binder and you can purchase updates as new case law becomes available. There is commentary across the top of a page and the majority of the page is heavily researched footnotes. This review is really focused on the top of the page material; since I am a lay person the footnotes were not very useful for me.

The author Mark Milone is a subject matter expert, but his writing on the top of the page is very approachable. As a lay person I was able to follow along. The chapters are titled:
"Information Security", "Corporate Governance", "Policies and Procedures", "Consumer Data Privacy", "Financial Data Privacy", "Credit Data Privacy", "Government Data Privacy", "Computer Crime", "Electronic Surveillance", "Intellectual Property" and "Regulation", so this really is the definitive book on information security law. My favorite chapter was "Intellectual Property" as it is an area I am interested in based on the work I do. I thought I knew more than a little bit, but I learned tons. My least favorite chapter was" Regulation"; it seems to be a list of government and quasi government organizations.

Who would really benefit from this book? Lawyers must be the primary audience, but one of the most important things I have learned in business is that while all lawyers charge a lot per hour, many of them are not subject matter experts in topics such as privacy and intellectual property. Having a well written, accurate, up-to-date book like this at hand helps you prepare the right questions to ask corporate or hired counsel. I have used the books by another lawyer, Benjamin Wright, in just such a way and I plan to start using this book as well. It must have been a huge effort to create this book and every organization in the USA or that has significant dealings with the USA should probably have a copy on the shelves. Highly recommended, worth taking the time to read!