Over the last several years, the Committee has listened with increasing alarm to the testimony of senior intelligence officials and private sector experts about the growing cybersecurity threats to our nation. The Committee has already seen the impact these threats are having on the nation's security and its economy as losses to consumers, businesses, and the government from cyber attacks, penetrations, and disruptions already total billions of dollars. Beyond direct monetary losses, the continuing efforts of foreign actors to steal intellectual property will have far reaching impacts on the innovation upon which a robust economy and strong military relies. The Committee has seen widespread theft through cyberspace increasingly evolve into disruptive and destructive attacks. Our nation is growing more vulnerable to cyber threats. Every aspect of society is growing more dependent on computers which are all linked to networks, opening this country up to many known vulnerabilities and many yet to be discovered.
Scientists with little or no background in security and security professionals with little or no background in science and technology often have difficulty communicating in order to implement the best counterterrorism strategies. The Science and Technology of Counterterrorism offers the necessary theoretical foundation to address real-world terrorism scenarios, effectively bridging the gap. It provides a powerful security assessment methodology, coupled with counterterrorism strategies that are applicable to all terrorism attack vectors. These include biological, chemical, radiological, electromagnetic, explosive, and electronic or cyber attacks. In addition to rigorous estimates of threat vulnerabilities and the effectiveness of risk mitigation, it provides meaningful terrorism risk metrics.
The Science and Technology of Counterterrorism teaches the reader how to think about terrorism risk, and evaluates terrorism scenarios and counterterrorism technologies with sophistication punctuated by humor. Both students and security professionals will significantly benefit from the risk assessment methodologies and guidance on appropriate counterterrorism measures contained within this book.Offers a simple but effective analytic framework to assess counterterrorism risk and realistic measures to address threatsProvides the essential scientific principles and tools required for this analysisExplores the increasingly important relationship between physical and electronic risk in meaningful technical detailEvaluates technical security systems to illustrate specific risks using concrete examples
Few doubt that China wants to be a major economic and military power on the world stage. To achieve this ambitious goal, however, the PRC leadership knows that China must first become an advanced information-based society. But does China have what it takes to get there? Are its leaders prepared to make the tough choices required to secure China’s cyber future? Or is there a fundamental mismatch between China’s cyber ambitions and the policies pursued by the CCP until now?
This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of China’s information society. It explores the key practical challenges facing Chinese politicians as they try to marry the development of modern information and communications technology with old ways of governing their people and conducting international relations. Fundamental realities of the information age, not least its globalizing character, are forcing the pace of technological change in China and are not fully compatible with the old PRC ethics of stability, national industrial strength and sovereignty. What happens to China in future decades will depend on the ethical choices its leaders are willing to make today. The stakes are high. But if China’s ruling party does not adapt more aggressively to the defining realities of power and social organization in the information age, the ‘China dream’ looks unlikely to become a reality.
We are living in an era in which terrorism demands our constant attention. Few people in North America or Western Europe have the capacity to study and analyze the wide scale number and kinds of threats facing us as a civilization. Even fewer can make constructive suggestions on how to meet and eliminate these threats in an effective way. Van Hipp discusses the full range of threats. Not just the constant threats of suicide bombers, airplane hijacking and odious beheadings, but the threats from military and cyber sources. He stresses the need to upgrade our missile defenses, protect ourselves from cyber attacks, and eliminate the dangers posed by our porous borders. He calls upon our national leadership to undertake the steps that will protect us all from these threats.
Warfare and conflict are no longer just about the clash of uniformed armies and their cutting-edge technology. Conflict in the Information Age is about ideas, values, aspirations, fears and the struggle of people for identity. How will humankind define and wage war in the Infosphere? This book is about a journey into a new place that we have yet to define. It is offered by thinkers in the forefront of American and British government, academic, military, and private industry. Here are some of the issues examined:
• Is Infowar real?
• Who will defend cyberspace?
• What are Information Operations?
• Can and should the military patrol the information highway?
• What are the legal, ethical and moral issues?
• Will information decrease or add to the fog of war?
•Can we safely outsource national security?
• What did Kosovo teach us?
• How would Sun Tzu have employed information war?
• How real is the Insider Threat?
• What is the psychology of future war?
• Will technology be master or servant?
• Can perceptions be managed in peace, crisis and war?
• Who should protect critical infrastructures and how?
• What is the information content in National Security Strategy?