Building Secure Reliable Systems Early Release

"Building Secure Reliable Systems" Book Early Release

Written by Heather Adkins, Betsy Beyer, Paul Blankinship, Piotr Lewandowski, Ana Oprea, Adam Stubblefield

Can a system ever truly be considered reliable if it isn’t fundamentally secure? Or can it be considered secure if it’s unreliable?

Successfully building, deploying, monitoring, and maintaining systems is only possible when security and reliability are central elements in their architecture. Yet both are often afterthoughts, considered only once an incident has occurred, resulting in expensive and sometimes difficult improvements.

The central idea of this book is its focus on treating security and reliability as a common theme, one which is integral to software and system lifecycles. Within this theme, we highlight technologies and practices that protect systems and those that keep them reliable, and illustrate how those practices work together. It is our hope that by the end of this book, you will gain insights about system design and implementation from specialists in both fields. This should help an inexperienced practitioner, or a small organization, to build security and reliability into their systems more rigorously, starting at the design phase. For companies who are already implementing security and reliability, we’ll give some ideas about how they can evolve and improve their existing posture.