Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Cuckoos Egg or Strategic Information Management

The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

Author: Cliff Stoll

Cliff Stoll was an astronomer turned systems manager at Lawrence Berkeley Lab when a 75-cent accounting error alerted him to the presence of an unauthorized user on his system. The hacker's code name was "Hunter"—a mystery invader hiding inside a twisting electronic labyrinth, breaking into U.S. computer systems and stealing sensitive military and security information. Stoll began a one-man hunt of his own, spying on the spy—and plunged into an incredible international probe that finally gained the attention of top U.S. counterintelligence agents. The Cookoo's Egg is his wild and suspenseful true story—a year of deception, broken codes, satellites, missile bases, and the ultimate sting operation—and how one ingenious American trapped a spy ring paid in cash and cocaine, and reporting to the KGB.

Chicago Tribune

[The Cuckoo's Egg] is "reader friendly," even for those who have only the vaguest familiarity with computers...a true spy thriller...the hunt is gripping.

Philadelphia Inquirer

Stoll's is the ever-appealing story of the little man bucking the system...great fun to read...lively and thoroughly absorbing.

Seattle Times

Fascinating...a nonfiction account that reads like a le Carre spy novel.

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Strategic Information Management: Challenges and Strategies in Managing Information Systems

Author: Robert D Galliers

Strategic Information Management has been completely up-dated to reflect the rapid changes in IT and the business environment since the publication of the second edition. Half of the readings in the book have been replaced to address current issues and the latest thinking in Information Management.

It goes without saying that Information technology has had a major impact on individuals, organizations and society over the past 50 years or so. There are few organizations that can afford to ignore IT and few individuals who would prefer to be without it. As managerial tasks become more complex, so the nature of the required information systems (IS) changes - from structured, routine support to ad hoc, unstructured, complex enquiries at the highest levels of management.

As with the first and second editions, this third edition of Strategic Information Management: Challenges and strategies in managing information systems aims to present the many complex and inter-related issues associated with the management of information systems. The book provides a rich source of material reflecting recent thinking on the key issues facing executives in information systems management. It draws from a wide range of contemporary articles written by leading experts from North America and Europe. 'Strategic Information Management' is designed as a course text for MBA, Master's level students and senior undergraduate students taking courses in information management. It provides a wealth of information and references for researchers in addition.


  • This updated and revised edition of a best-selling text draws on a collection of cutting edge articles from North America and Europe for an international perspective
  • Covers key strategic areas in information systems management and the latest developments in the field
  • Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter to emphasize learning


A textbook for a graduate or advanced undergraduate business course, and a resource and inspiration for researchers that can be read cover to cover or delved into for reference to particular topics. Covers information systems strategy and planning, the relationship with business strategy, and the organizational environment. First published in 1994. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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