I mainly write in fantasy & sci-fi, but it occurred to me...

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Post by Guest »

My day job deals with information/computer security. I have received training and certifications for the same. While my job is focused on protecting an organization, I realize that I have knowledge that could be useful for individuals, perhaps in the form of a book: Information Security for Authors, or the like.

So what would you like to find in this hypothetical book? Understanding that the objective for your data is: Confidentiality (no unauthorized access), Integrity (no unauthorized altering), Availability (can always access when needed), and Non-Repudiation (X person created this, can prove it), I could go through various aspects of data as it concerns writers who publish their own work.

This will take months, at least. I am still in the process of writing and publishing my first novels, so I don't think I should try to finish this book until I've gone through the full publication cycle and have experience in applying InfoSec principles to my own creations through the whole process.

Some topics may be common sense to you, but perhaps could be useful to somebody else. I anticipate some topics may include:

  -keeping your manuscript private.

  -keeping your manuscript safe when your computer dies.

  -being able to share your manuscript with those whom you choose for editing and review reasons.

  -being able to prove that it is your work, not anybody else's.

     -(Crypto goes here. Digital signatures, blockchain.)

  -keeping your business safe from scammers.

Note: I am not a lawyer, nor a copyright expert.

What would you look for in this hypothetical book? What should I try to include?

Post by Denise »

I write across a number of genres and have an IT background among others and work as a content lead.

My advice to you is if you frame your proposed book the way you have no one will want it or buy it.

To change that do two things.

Write in plain English. Don't use technical terms, words, jargon or language.

Secondly don't call it something technical.

Frame it as a 'How to.. ' or similar.

No one writes dry successfully anymore for the public.

It stopped sometime in the 90's and training manual language isn't a good vehicle even for training manuals let along for non-technical readers.

Post by Greg »

As a reader and writer, I would look for the following topics in a book on Information Security for Authors:

Data backup and recovery: Information on how to create backup copies of your manuscript and how to restore data in case of a computer failure.

Data privacy: How to keep your manuscript confidential and prevent unauthorized access to your data. This could include information on password management, encryption, and firewalls.

Data sharing: Techniques for securely sharing your manuscript with editors, reviewers, or other trusted individuals. This could include information on secure file transfer protocols, cloud storage, and data sharing agreements.

Digital signatures and copyright protection: Information on how to use digital signatures and other technologies to prove that you are the author of your work and to protect your rights as a copyright holder. This could include information on blockchain, digital rights management, and copyright law.

Cybersecurity: Tips and best practices for protecting your data and your identity from cyber threats such as phishing, malware, and other forms of online fraud.

Collaboration and remote working: Information on how to collaborate with others on a project and how to work securely from remote locations, such as from a home office.

Workflow and data management: Strategies for managing your data throughout the writing and publishing process, including version control, data organization, and collaboration tools.

In general, I would look for a book that provides practical and actionable advice for authors, in an accessible and easy-to-understand format. The book should also be regularly updated to reflect the latest developments in the field of information security.
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