Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web
In this Internet age, technology gurus have loudly warned us of the dangers of identity theft. But computer security expert Daniel J. Lohrmann is more troubled about a different threat lurking online—integrity theft. In Virtual Integrity, Lohrmann reveals the vast scope of the potential pitfalls we face every time we surf the web—the temptations vying for our thoughts, dreams, time, and money.
In this groundbreaking book, Lohrmann launches the battle against integrity theft by setting out to answer this question: How can we safely surf our values? Lohrmann tackles topics including problems with Web filters and parental controls, the pervasiveness of cheating on the Web, and how to avoid online career pitfalls. He then offers practical tips for following his "seven habits of online integrity" and unpacks a revolutionary new paradigm for integrity security.
Lohrmann is the perfect guide for this important topic. He explains technical issues in clear, everyday language and shares compelling stories from his experiences on the job and at home. Balancing a sobering view of reality with a hopeful vision for the future, Virtual Integrity will empower you to be part of the solution, starting with surfing your values.
Author Information: Daniel J. Lohrmann, an award-winning computer security expert, directs the State of Michigan's Office of Enterprise Security and is Michigan's chief information security officer. He was named the 2008 Chief Security Officer of the Year by SC Magazine and one of the 25 most influential people in the security industry by Security Magazine. A sought-after speaker at technology conferences around the country, he lives with his wife and four children in Grand Ledge, Michigan.
"The Internet has brought the world to our fingertips; unfortunately, it can also take our eyes, our minds—and ultimately our character—places they should never go. While much has been written about the need to protect our identity in this brave new cyber world, little has been said about how to achieve this. Dan Lohrmann shows the way in Virtual Integrity."
"With unlimited users, content, and the public's freedom to post virtually anything, we must be vigilant in our approach to using the Web as a valuable resource. This book is a great education tool that takes a unique look at the personal responsibility required of all of us as we utilize the power of the Internet. The book provides perspective, not just about security, but rather about our role in the new world of using the Web as a tool for communicating, collaborating, creating, and utilizing information. Dan Lohrmann provides practical steps to address the concerns of parents, educators, government officials, and community leaders."
"Daniel Lohrmann offers a splendid survey of the many benefits and drawbacks of cyber-technologies. Parents, pastors, and employers will gain 'virtual' wisdom amidst today's ethical quandaries."
"Dan Lohrmann is a leader in the information security field and his extensive knowledge is demonstrated throughout the book. Protecting ourselves from the dangers that lurk in cyberspace has to be a multifaceted approach. Lohrmann's book, Virtual Integrity, describes one approach in depth and challenges us on how to explore cyberspace safely. Lohrmann offers his insight and passion to his readers, and is an excellent role model."
"Lohrmann reminds us that integrity on the Internet involves more than purchasing a family friendly filter. He wisely connects virtual with embodied reality, challenges us to 'surf our values,' and then packs his book with practical ways to do just that. This book inspires and empowers us to bring every corner of our virtual world under the Lordship of Christ."
"Lohrmann's Virtual Integrity succeeds on three important levels—personal, corporate, and national. Written by a person of solid professional credentials and proven integrity, this book is a roadmap for the future of the Internet. The Internet still is, and will continue to be, the Wild West. No government is going to control it, so it is up to us as individuals to protect ourselves. However, we as individuals need tools to do that; Lohrmann provides those tools clearly and concisely. More important, Virtual Integrity offers a solid roadmap, grounded in universal truths, for corporations and governments alike. You don't need to be a Christian to benefit tremendously from Lohrmann's book."