Cybersecurity and cyberwar what everyone needs to know

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cybersecurity and cyberwar what everyone needs to know

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know by P.W. Singer

Dependence on computers has had a transformative effect on human society. Cybernetics is now woven into the core functions of virtually every basic institution, including our oldest ones. War is one such institution, and the digital revolutions impact on it has been profound. The American military, which has no peer, is almost completely reliant on high-tech computer systems. Given the Internets potential for full-spectrum surveillance and information disruption, the marshaling of computer networks represents the next stage of cyberwar. Indeed, it is upon us already. The recent Stuxnet episode, in which Israel fed a malignant computer virus into Irans nuclear facilities, is one such example. Penetration into US government computer systems by Chinese hackers-presumably sponsored by the Chinese government-is another. Together, they point to a new era in the evolution of human conflict.
In Cybersecurity: What Everyone Needs to Know, noted experts Peter W. Singer and Allan Friedman lay out how the revolution in military cybernetics occurred and explain where it is headed. They begin with an explanation of what cyberspace is before moving on to discussions of how it can be exploited and why it is so hard to defend. Throughout, they discuss the latest developments in military and security technology. Singer and Friedman close with a discussion of how people and governments can protect themselves. In sum, Cybersecurity is the definitive account on the subject for the educated layman who wants to know more about the nature of war, conflict, and security in the twenty first century.
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Cybersecurity and Cyberwar What Everyone Needs to Know

Singer and Allan Friedman. New communication technologies erode hierarchies, collapse time and distance, and empower networks.
P.W. Singer

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Today, our entire modern way of life, from communication to commerce to conflict, fundamentally depends on the Internet. And the cybersecurity issues that result challenge literally everyone: politicians wrestling with everything from cybercrime to online freedom; generals protecting the nation from new forms of attack, while planning new cyberwars; business executives defending firms from once unimaginable threats, and looking to make money off of them; lawyers and ethicists building new frameworks for right and wrong. Most of all, cybersecurity issues affect us as individuals. We face new questions in everything from our rights and responsibilities as citizens of both the online and real world to simply how to protect ourselves and our families from a new type of danger. And, yet there is perhaps no issue that has grown so important, so quickly, and that touches so many, that remains so poorly understood. Singer and noted cyber expert Allan Friedman team up to provide the kind of easy-to-read, yet deeply informative resource book that has been missing on this crucial issue of 21st century life.

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The ever-growing interest in cybersecurity has spawned a large number of books and articles dealing with the deluge of issues stemming from the rising importance of cyberspace. However this book, reviewed here, takes a different approach. And without any further ado it needs to be said the authors succeeded. The book strikes a good balance between being technically accurate yet still comprehensible for laymen and also being highly relevant to current politics without sliding down towards either cheerleading or scaremongering which is unfortunately all too common these days. This in itself is no easy feat, undoubtedly facilitated by considerable experiences of the pair who wrote the book. Singer has already authored several books about modern security challenges and Allan Friedman is an accomplished technologist and scholar. Apart from getting the balance between politics and technology quite right, this book also carries a certain popular and even whimsical flare.

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