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"Hunker makes a compelling argument to show that 'a strong hand is needed' to ensure that the Internet is made more secure as it continues to meet the expanding needs of business, research institutions, government and consumers. A new central global authority could put into place effective regulations to ensure that ISPs, software designers and users themselves are held responsible for abuses and threats to security in the online community."
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"Until public policy steps in to shape Internet security, the World Wide Web could basically go up in flames at any moment....We have to act now. Hunker offers us his suggestions for a new 'social contract,' in which cyber security is regarded as a public good, much as health is."
— Globe and Mail

About the Author

JEFFREY HUNKER holds a PhD from the Harvard Business School. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, developing and implementing strategic policy in information security, national security, global trade, and environmental technoliges. At the US National Security Council, he led the implementation of the first national strategy for cyber security under the Clinton adminsitration. He was recently Distinguished Service Professor of Technology and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and is now principal of Jeffrey Hunker Associates in Pittsburgh.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771041489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771041488
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,625,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anhalt-Zerbst on September 12, 2010
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Not falling. Anyone who tells you the sky is falling is trying to attract attention to him/herself, not the problem at hand; Jeffrey Hunker points us to the amorphous mess in the peripherals of anyone reading this review and gives us the specifics. Further, he takes care not to swamp his readers in jargon: when he needs to use some, clear and intelligent definitions are given; there's even a rather charming "Apology from the Author" just before he leads readers into the labyrinth of D.C. policy-making (which journey is a cautionary tale about how *anything* gets done at the federal executive level: the "overlaps and gaps" described are disquieting).

It's amazingly readable -- intelligent and conversational, with a field of reference from ninety-eight-year-old Encyclopaedia Britannica to Bruce Willis movies, including reams of federal agency publications that we've paid for but don't know about: the reader is guided here by an Everyman with (I assume) a Phi-Bete and a pretty high security clearance; we go from botnets and cyber war to a brief fantasia on the back of President Clinton's head.

Hunker clearly makes the point that any new design for the Internet* should be addressed methodically and with care, not in frenzied reaction to catastrophe ("amid the hot fog of crisis," in one of Hunker's more resonant phrases); the sooner such work begins, the better. As a private citizen without any heft or expertise, I can follow the logic and be grateful for the elucidation, but can only hope that those with influence can be brought on board. People high up in the computer industry, as well as in the legislative and executive branches of government, probably know some of the issues Hunker addresses, but do their staffers?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B Creb on September 6, 2010
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An entertaining and lucid account of the threats facing the internet today, and intriguing and revolutionary proposals for solutions from cyber-security expert Jeffrey Hunker, formerly Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection and of the staff of the National Security Council. From the very first page, Creeping Failure: How We Broke the Internet and What We Can Do to Fix It, draws its readers into the world of cyber security and by analogy and example reveals the complexities of the challenges facing internet security without resorting to technical jargon and gobbledegook. The intricacies of worms, viruses, bots, distributed denial of service attacks, spam, phishing, targeted penetrations and insider threats are all described for the lay reader as well as cyber threats as they relate to national security (espionage, war and terror). Hunker illustrates how cyber security is an issue for everyone, whether they are connected to the internet or not and asks his readers to consider what the appropriate roles for government and the private sector should be in devising a solution. Finally, he asks, if we were to create a new internet what should it look like and what would it cost? Creeping Failure is a must read for anyone interested in current affairs and the internet because in describing the challenges facing the cyber world it also describes the challenges and trade-offs we all face in contemporary society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. King on February 20, 2011
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Recently we had a one day in-house workshop on network security and this book was on the recommended reading list, in part because it had references to Canadian responses to the problems of Internet related crime. It touched on a number of issues brought up in our seminar but missed some such as the need to establish protocols to ensure traceability and for recovery after the fact.

The author begins by outlining the problems faced by the technical community. Some of these I was aware of however the extent was greater than I realized. For example both Chinese and Russian groups were far more aggressive in attacking systems than I imagined and over a third of US agencies including the DOD received a grade of F on the "Federal Security Report Card". (pp 129 - DOD to be fair is extremely large and diverse; DOJ, NSF, Social Security and the EPA all received A or better). The attacks are usually distributed and hackers are now leasing armies of tens of thousands of "bots" with specific payloads to both the foreign governments and organized crime. As examples he cites cyber attacks against Estonia in 2007 and against Georgia in 2008 just prior to the Russian invasion, and, as a response to the accidental bombing(1) of the Chinese embassy in 1999, the attacks on the White House and US government agencies. In all cases the offending parties blamed "hacktivists" who were sympathetic to the other side. Hunker then asks what what the appropriate response might be, given the non specific source of the enemy attack.

One of the aspects of the book that I enjoyed that made the issues understandable was the author's use of historic analogy between the growth of city infrastructure and the Internet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.Kann, MD,PhD. on September 28, 2010
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This book is about cyber-security. I started to read it because of all the publicity in the news about cyber security, hacking etc, but expexted to have a problem following it because I am not ver computer4 sophisticated. I was very pleasantle surprised to find the book written in a way easily understood by readers with litlle experience in that area. After finishing reading the book , I understood much better what the problem is and I was able to understand the author's suggester remedy. I highly recommend it
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