Cyber War goes behind the “geek talk” of hackers and computer scientists to explain 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.
A review of Richard Clarke’s book, provides some counter-balance to the threat Clarke outlines and the underlying assumption of his book, that US activities are abroad are legitimate, while adversaries are acting illegally.
This book begins by describing how electronic data has become “ambient”— all electronic activities are aggregated as data, behavior patterns are identiﬁed, and the resulting information is used per the needs of whoever has the data. Brenner argues that the most vulnerable part of any network is the user, however particular attention is also given to operational infrastructure systems.
Security software companies Symantec and McAfee are touting inflated cybercrime numbers—no doubt good for business.
Survey data on information security trends and concerns are used to justify increased expenditures on security tools and technologies.