- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (August 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061962244
- ISBN-13: 978-0061962240
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“In this chilling and eye-opening book, Clarke and Knake provide a highly detailed yet accessible look at how cyber warfare is being waged and the need to rethink our national security to face this new threat.” (Booklist)
“Will strengthen Clarke’s claims as one of the founding fathers of cybersecurocracy....It is worth buying this book if only for his pithy five-page vision of this coming apocalypse and a return to stone-age conditions within a week, all because of a few pesky hackers and viruses.” (Financial Times)
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Richard A. Clarke warned America once before about the havoc terrorism would wreak on our national security—and he was right. Now he warns us of another threat, silent but equally dangerous. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers. It explains clearly and convincingly what cyber war is, how cyber weapons work, and how vulnerable we are as a nation and as individuals to the vast and looming web of cyber criminals. This is the first book about the war of the future—cyber war—and a convincing argument that we may already be in peril of losing it.
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Things I liked about the book:
The authors don't try to overload the reader with a lot of technical jargon trying to justify their position at the micro level of cyber security. Throughout the book, the authors use anecdotes and personal experiences to bring home THEIR point of view on the cyber threat to the US. I like this style of writing as I can relate to someone walking through their opinion forming process much easier than I can digest a litany of statistics and facts on a topic. Although, a healthy amount of that is critical to forming a valid, sound opinion (see my criticisms of this book). I did appreciate that the authors were trying to convey how they came to their current world view on the topic and what the Nation's leaders are facing in dealing with these challenges.
Things I didn't like about the book:
My criticisms of this book lie mostly in how little citation of recent examples (recent up to when the book was written, not 2015) was used in the book as support of the position of the authors. Much of the referenced facts and information provided in the book was pretty old, dating back to the late 80s and 90s, and the challenges that were faced back then (also included early 2000s). So much more has happened in this space since then, even up to when the book was written, that I felt that more discussion on recent findings would have been more warranted, as well as addressing some of the dissenting viewpoints out there to even further solidify their positions.
Also, citations of any facts are practically non-existent in this book. Much of the facts presented are in the form of, "I had a discussion with Mr. X one day" or "It was found at the XYZ conference that...", which wouldn't really hold much water in an academic setting (why I was reading the book in the first place). Still, setting that aside, you can take the book for what it is, accept their statements as their perspective on the topic and cross-check it with other sources that may or may not corroborate their findings. This book is entertaining to read, informational and definitely makes you think about the cyber challenges we face in not just the U.S., but the world as a whole.
He is, without doubt, a recognized expert in the field having worked as a counter-terrorism expert for many years - so his warnings should not be marginalized. In fact, he describes some of the early, low level DDOS (deliberate denial of service) attacks perpetrated by Russia and other rogue nations. Just as the advent of tanks and airplanes changed the waging of wars one hundred years ago, so too is the technology revolution impacting the way in which wars will be fought in the future.
One could put this down to the musings of a technocrat theorizing about what could happen; however recent events (Sony email hack, Democratic party email hack) have put a harsh spotlight on how anonymous nation states can wreak havoc on an enemy. The threat has emerged and it will grow. The next war will be fought in the data center!
The book attempts to walk a delicate path between being a readable text for the everyman, who needs to become more aware of the threats that cyber warfare can pose; and a technical treatise on its history and the policy prescriptions that must be addressed if we are to prevent some future tragedy. It’s a hard balance to find - I think the authors erred on the side of the everyman. Not necessarily a bad thing, but the reader should be mindful of the authors’ objectives. I suspect this will not be the last book to hit our shelves on this subject.
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