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The Alexandria Project: A Tale of Treachery and Technology

Andrew Updegrove

Pages: 272
ISBN: 978-145750-928-5
List Price: 9.95
Available: January 2012
Edition: Perfectbound

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“Thank you for your contribution to the Alexandria Project” is the enigmatic message cyber attackers leave behind when they disable critical infrastructure networks across America. It’s not long before the nation is on the verge of collapse.

As the public outcry grows, Frank Adversego, a brilliant but conflicted cyber security expert, finds himself trapped in a power play between the FBI, which thinks he’s the culprit, and the CIA, which – maybe – thinks he isn’t. Only by catching those behind the Alexandria Project can he prove his innocence.

What follows is a fast-paced, satirical tale of cyber sleuthing, international espionage, and nuclear brinksmanship that will keep you in suspense – but also leave you wondering exactly where our increasing dependence on the Internet is taking us.

The Alexandria Project first appeared as a serial at The Standards Blog, where thousands of readers enthusiastically awaited the next weekly installment.

Andrew Updegrove, a founding partner of Boston-based law firm Gesmer Updegrove LLP, has been representing entrepreneurs, technology companies and venture capitalists for more than thirty years. Since 1988, he has also represented and helped structure more than 115 worldwide standard setting, open source, and advocacy consortia, including many of the organizations that develop and support the standards upon which cyber security is based. He is often called upon to help deal with cyber security attacks as they occur.

A prolific author, blogger and speaker on technology topics, his Web site, ConsortiumInfo.org, annually serves over 10 million page views to a global audience. He has served on the boards of directors and advisors of many of the leading open standards and open source software organizations in existence today, and is frequently quoted in the technology press. In 2005 he was selected to receive the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) President’s Award for Journalism. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Cornell University Law School.

Outside the office, he has been a director of the Gloucester Stage Company, the Treasurer and a Director of the Vinalhaven [Maine] Land Trust, a Director of LifeBridge (an organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Salem, Massachusetts), and the Clerk and Moderator of the Old North Church in Marblehead, Massachusetts. In a prior life, he was the founder and owner of a successful architectural stained glass studio. He continues to be the adoring father of a 21 year-old daughter and the loving husband of a wife whose age is better left unstated.