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The Art of Information Warfare: Insight into the Knowledge Warrior Philosophy Paperback – February 15, 1999
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"A good read on a very timely topic--and a welcome addition to my library . . ." -- Representative Newt Gingrich, R-GA, Speaker of the House
"A must read for any one who knows or who thinks they know all there is to know about Information Warfare. . ." -- Stephen Glennan, OCP
President, Operations Security Professionals Society
About the Author
Richard Forno is currently the Director of Security for a major internet services firm in Herndon, VA. His recent activities include helping establish the very active Information Resources Security Office at the US House of Representatives and serving as a special consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His major areas of interest include national information warfare issues, computer crime investigations, and security education.
Richard is a graduate of Valley Forge Military College, The American University School of International Service, and is the youngest graduate on record from the United States Naval War College. He is a frequent speaker and author on the subjects of information warfare and security management, with articles and commentary featured in several publications including Federal Computer Week, Technology Week, Forbes, and the Journal of Operations Security. * * *
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ancient warrior-speak and geek-speak. It was dissapointing
in actual insightful content, with only a few tables of useful
information, and lacking in original contribution or
actionable insight. I was left with the distinct impression
that it had been thrown together over a weekend, as a result
of one of those "we could write a book" jokes... but they
The first part of the book covers the fundamentals of the Chinese "knowledge warrior philosophy" and details the many facets of corporate information systems that must be secured. Topics such as "targets and vulnerabilities," "preparing for the siege," and "planning and force" are all applied to the digital world.
The book also details the varied techniques of the information warrior and can be summed up by a quote from the Navy SEALs program that opens chapter nine: "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat." Useful exercises enable the reader to focus on the different tasks involved in information protection.
This is one of the most original security books to be published in recent years. Its style is of significance to information systems managers who need to understand how to effectively secure their systems. At less than 175 pages, the book has more value than works triple its size.
That being said, the book provides useful guidance in an easy-to-read (and remember!) format, and makes it easy to understand the basics of security for our companies. The book's probably best-suited for small-to-midsize firms like mine, and I learned some new things from it.
The resources section in Part 2 were particularly helpful, if not a bit dated now in 2003 compared to 1999 when it was published.
Good things come in small packages, like this book.
It was not a difficult book to read, and I've already had my staff try and steal it from my desk!