One- it's an ever changing issue, very current. So that is reason for reading the book.
Two- It's an incredibly complicated, technical subject matter. This is where she earns my congratulations because I, Sue Roegge, understood what she wrote!
It wasn't easy but it definitely wasn't boring either. I reread many passages because I have close to zero background in the subject. I log on to my computer, use my email, facebook, twitter, word and I check headlines on HuffPo and BuzzFeed. That may be selling myself a bit short because I've done some rudimentary work on our webpage for our bookstore and navigate Mailchimp. All you techno wizards reading this better not be laughing at me! To sum up my computer experience, I can muddle through and figure out a decent amount on my own. Do I read up on cyber security? Hell no. But I will now.
At this point I want to make a plug for the documentary The Internet's Own Boy. I loved it when I watched it a few months ago and it led me to be motivated to learn much more about hacking, cybersecurity, Anonymous......the whole world I know nothing about.
One of my favorite courses in college was Astronomy which I took pass fail. I was a History Major working on a secondary teaching license. What I LOVED about Astronomy was that even though I barely understood it, it was fascinating. Totally fascinating, every astronomer and their accomplishments through the ages, the fact that it's possible to place an age on stars....the whole thing is fascinating.....a bit more than I can understand but still...
Countdown To Zero Day is the same , although I do give Zetter credit. I understood much more of what she wrote about than my Astronomy course.
She really writes in a way that lay people and geeks will love this book. I apologize for boiling people down to two groups, lay people and geeks but there you go.......
Read Countdown To Zero Day and you will be engaged and informed on issues of cyber security, cyber warfare etc that will inevitably come up again and again. And Please watch The Internet's Own Boy. RIP Aaron Swartz.