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Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know (R) by Peter W. Singer (Senior Fellow, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution)

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 revolution's impact on it has been profound. The American military, which has no peer, is almost completely reliant on high-tech computer systems. Given the Internet's 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 Iran's 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.

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar Reviews

In our digital age, the issues of cybersecurity are no longer just for the technology crowd; they matter to us all. Whether you work in business or politics, the military or the media - or are simply an ordinary citizen - this is an essential read. * Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google *
This is the most approachable and readable book ever written on the cyber world. The authors have distilled the key facts and policy, provided sensible recommendations, and opened the debate generally to any informed citizen: a singular achievement. A must read for practitioners and scholars alike. * Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Ret), former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO *
In confronting the cybersecurity problem, it's important for all of us to become knowledgeable and involved. This book makes that possible - and also fascinating. It's everything you need to know about cybersecurity, wonderfully presented in a clear and smart way. * Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs *
If you read only one book about 'all this cyberstuff,' make it this one. Singer and Friedman know how to make even the most complicated material accessible and even entertaining, while at the same time making a powerful case for why all of us need to know more and think harder about the (cyber)world we know live in. * Anne-Marie Slaughter, President, the New America Foundation *
Singer and Friedman do a highly credible job of documenting the present and likely future risky state of cyber-affairs. This is a clarion call. * Vint Cerf, "Father of the Internet," Presidential Medal of Freedom winner *
I loved this book. Wow. Until I read this astonishing and important book, I didn't know how much I didn't know about the hidden world of cybersecurity and cyberwar. Singer and Friedman make comprehensible an impossibly complex subject, and expose the frightening truth of just how vulnerable we are. Understanding these often-invisible threats to our personal and national security is a necessary first step toward defending ourselves against them. This is an essential read. * Howard Gordon, Executive Producer of 24 and co-creator of Homeland *
Singer and Friedman blend a wonderfully easy to follow FAQ format with engaging prose, weaving explanations of the elements of cybersecurity with revealing anecdotes. From the fundamentals of Internet architecture to the topical intrigue of recent security leaks, this book provides an accessible and enjoyable analysis of the current cybersecurity landscape and what it could look like in the future. * Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and Computer Science at Harvard University, author of The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It *
Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know aims to demystify "cyber stuff" and arm readers - from the everyday Internet user to the policymaker - with the necessary tools to better understand cybersecurity and the threats that face it ... Essential reading for anyone interested in national security. * Politico *
More than anything else, the book is a reality check If you're completely ignorant about malware and cyberattacks, this is the book for you. And if you think you know a lot about these topics, this is still the book for you. It's thorough, exhaustive, and easy to read. And it eloquently simplifies every complicated issue, challenging widespread notions about cybersecurity and cyberwar. In this extremely approachable book, Singer and Friedman may have very well told us all we need to know about cybersecurity and cyberwar. Now it's up to us all to work together to make the Internet a better place. * Mashable *
The easy-to-read style, sprinkled with colloquial language, humor, and anecdotes, will make the book particularly engagingPerhaps most importantly, this book will be a significant contribution to building a deeper understanding and a common base of knowledge around cybersecurity issues. This, in turn, may serve as a foundation for enabling policymakers, scholars, and citizens to begin building a crucial dialogue and much-needed conversation around how to approach, understand, and deal with the important policy implications of cybersecurity and cyberwar. * E-International Relations *
A sobering indictment of the current US cybersecurity policy, which has so far been characterized by a dangerous mix of ignorance and shrill hysteria over oft-warned-about but not-yet-realized "cyber Pearl Harbor" catastrophes ... Singer and Friedman cut through this alarmist rhetoric, demystifying technical jargon with simple questions like "How Does The Internet Actually Work?"; "What Is Hacktivism?"; and "Do We Need A Cyberspace Treaty?" The result is an honest, well-researched appraisal of the impact of cyber threats, and the potential solutions for cybersecurity. * Vice Magazine "Motherboard" *
Lawyers, consider this your official warning about cybersecurity ... A thorough, comprehensible, and sometimes entertaining explanation of the digital revolution, how we got here, and what lies ahead. * NC Lawyers Weekly *
An impressively comprehensive guide to one of the least understood arenas of modern life. * Popular Science *
In writing Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know, authors Peter W. Singer and Allan Friedman do what few cybersecurity and war scholars do: They tie together the history of the generative Internet, and its foundations in curiosity and experimentation, with the politico-military cyber security community housed in government. They connect the dots between technological traits and their insecurities. And they tell the stories of the people, not just the machines. In the book, Singer and Friedman break down to building blocks what Internet and the World Wide Web are made of, then use those to build back up to sophisticated concepts and information ... At its core, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar makes the point that cybersecurity risk is human risk. * ThinkProgress *
exposes serious ignorance and incompetence in surprisingly high places. * Australia Broadcasting Corporation *
Though it's concise, at 300 pages, the guide covers cyber issues, both personal and global, with easy-to-understand explanations and engaging stories. * The Charlotte Observer *
The pace of global digitization, and the widespread lack of understanding of related security risks, is a ticking time bomb ... If you don't know your asymmetric cryptography from your spear phishing, this is a thoughtful introduction. * Nature *
In short, this book is a genuine must-read for anyone interested in cyber security issues, regardless of their background or level of expertise. Singer and Friedman present a lucid, concise and highly informative breakdown of current cyber security matters and their implications at the global, state, corporate and individual levels. Aside from the highly informative arguments and evidence featured in this book, the style in which it is written allows it to appeal to both experts and newcomers to the subject of cyber security. We can say no more than this book is essential reading in the modern world. * Monitor *

About Peter W. Singer (Senior Fellow, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution)

Peter W. Singer is a Senior Fellow and the Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. Allan Friedman is a Fellow in Governance Studies and Research Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution.

Table of Contents

1. Why cyberspace is wonderfulEL and complicated ; What is cyberspace? ; Why do people talk about the difference of a networked world? ; How does the Internet actually work? ; Who owns this thing? ; WaitEL You mean no one runs the internet? ; What can governments do online? What are the limits of state power? ; Just how dependent are we on cyberspace? ; 2. Security and Insecurity Online ; What do we mean by a <"secure>" system? ; What is the difference between an attack on a network and an attack on a system? ; How does anti-virus software work? ; How do you defend a network? ; Why is anonymity a problem online? Why is it relatively easy to act without accountability? ; How can you authenticate some one to be sure they are who they say they are? ; How do we keep data secure in cyberspace? ; 3. Threats and Bad Actors ; o Differentiating threats ; o Value at risk ; What are the bad guys after? What can you really do with a computer? ; What's the worst you can do? Can a hacker really turn off the power grid? ; o Different motivations of attackers ; o Different types of attacks ; o What is Cyber Terrorism, actually? ; What does "cyberwarfare" mean? ; How are countries militarizing cyberspace? Why? ; So if we just built better systems, could we have a secure internet? ; 4. Case Studies / Examples of attacks ; o Aurora / Google {phishing, attribution} ; o Stuxnet {Critical infrastructure, intelligence} ; o Wikileaks data breach & fallout {data protection, DoS} ; o Israel-Syria Air Defense {Cyber-Kinetic Crossover, cyberwar} ; - ; 5. Why securing cyberspace is hard ; What are some mechanisms that enable us to trust systems or data? ; What is the difference between espionage and exploitation? ; Why not just write better software? ; Why can't network operators detect bad behavior? ; Why security through obscurity doesn't work ; How do we know what has happened after a cyber incident? ; How does the rise in <"cloud computing>" change the dynamics of cyber security? ; What makes mobile computing different? ; If everyone's systems are vulnerable, can't defenders just interrupt the attacker's systems? ; Why is it so hard to know who the attackers are? ; Why does attribution matter? ; How do we measure a cyber risk? ; Why aren't users able to protect themselves? ; Don't vendors and service providers have enough incentives to provide good security? ; Why aren't companies investing enough to protect themselves? ; 6. International Dimensions ; What changes when cyber problems cross international borders? ; How do countries differ in their approach to cyberspace? ; Who has the biggest cyber armies? ; What constitutes an act of war? ; How does law enforcement deal with international boundaries? ; What are existing international organizations currently doing? ; What international treaties are in place? ; Why don't the classic models of military deterrence work for cyberspace? ; What are the obstacles to international cooperation to resolve cybersecurity issues? ; 7.The path forward to a more secure cyberspace ; It sounds like every aspect of modern life is vulnerable. Are things really that bad? ; Why can't we just re-built the technology to prevent bad behavior? ; Can we impose accountability through national control of cyberspace? ; How can private firms be incentivized to internalize their risk? ; If a company or government agency was willing to invest in cyber security defenses, what would stand in their way? ; Can internet service providers do more to identity and stop bad behavior? ; How can we make it harder for bad actors to profit from successful attacks ; What can I do to protect myself?

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