Book Review: No More Magic Wands by George Finney, JD, CISO

Author: George Finney
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 130
Genre: Business/Leadership/Management/Cybersecurity/Technology


Once upon a time, there was a company that made magic wands, but when they were hacked all the magic in the world couldn’t prevent their data from being stolen. If that company had a chance for a clean start, what would they have done differently? The unlikely hero isn’t a security guy. She’s a business elf who makes it her mission to change the way her company does business from the top down.

Most books on Cybersecurity are written for highly technical professionals, focus on specific compliance regulations, or are intended for reference. No More Magic Wands is different…it takes complex security concepts and puts them into practice in easy to read, relatable stories.

Available on Amazon.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

For most of us, the subject of cybersecurity is boring and technical but George Finney has written this book for those of us who aren’t so technical. This isn’t a reference book on cybersecurity. This is a book that anyone can read and understand. It contains stories of a magic world with elves and fairies and a business of magic wands and relates it to the business world. It’s an entertaining way to learn!

At the end of each chapter, there are key points (takeaways) and questions to ponder or discuss. The most important thing to remember is that security is everyone’s job from the top down and it should begin from the startup of the company. To implement and keep security ongoing and up-to-date, communication within and outside the company is vital.

This is a book is directed at management but I think all employees would benefit from reading it and learning how important everyone’s role is in cybersecurity.


About the Author

George Finney, ESQ., has worked in Cybersecurity for over 15 years and is the author of No More Magic Wands: Transformative Cybersecurity Change for Everyone. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for Southern Methodist University where he has also taught on the subject of Corporate Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Mr. Finney is an attorney and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional as well as a Certified Information Security Systems Professional and has spoken on Cybersecurity topics across the country.




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