Understanding Cyber Conflict: Fourteen Analogies

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Cyber weapons and the possibility of cyber conflict ― including interference in foreign political campaigns, industrial sabotage, attacks on infrastructure, and combined military campaigns ― require policymakers, scholars, and citizens to rethink twenty-first-century warfare. Yet because cyber capabilities are so new and continually developing, there is little agreement about how they will be deployed, how effective they can be, and how they can be managed.

Written by leading scholars, the fourteen case studies in this volume will help policymakers, scholars, and students make sense of contemporary cyber conflict through historical analogies to past military-technological problems. The chapters are divided into three groups. The first ― What Are Cyber Weapons Like? ― examines the characteristics of cyber capabilities and how their use for intelligence gathering, signaling, and precision striking compares with earlier technologies for such missions. The second section ― What Might Cyber Wars Be Like? ― explores how lessons from several wars since the early nineteenth century, including the World Wars, could apply ― or not ― to cyber conflict in the twenty-first century. The final section ― What Is Preventing and/or Managing Cyber Conflict Like? ― offers lessons from past cases of managing threatening actors and technologies.

US National Cybersecurity: International Politics, Concepts and Organization (Routledge Studies in Conflict, Security and Technology)

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This volume explores the contemporary challenges to US national cybersecurity.

Taking stock of the field, it features contributions by leading experts working at the intersection between academia and government and offers a unique overview of some of the latest debates about national cybersecurity. These contributions showcase the diversity of approaches and issues shaping contemporary understandings of cybersecurity in the West, such as deterrence and governance, cyber intelligence and big data, international cooperation, and public–private collaboration. The volume’s main contribution lies in its effort to settle the field around three main themes exploring the international politics, concepts, and organization of contemporary cybersecurity from a US perspective. Related to these themes, this volume pinpoints three pressing challenges US decision makers and their allies currently face as they attempt to govern cyberspace: maintaining international order, solving conceptual puzzles to harness the modern information environment, and coordinating the efforts of diverse partners.
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New Security Challenges in Asia

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New security challenges are increasingly important in U.S. security planning. Transnational threats that do not arise from national rivalries or involve geopolitical competition—climate change, food insecurity, pandemic disease, terrorism, and cybercrime—can destabilize a country just as severely as an invading army. All of these pose threats to Asia and are particularly problematic for China due to its size, development, and governance. New Security Challenges in Asia focuses on the sources of these challenges, analyzes their international impact, and suggests actions to wrestle them into manageable condition.

Asian nations have found it difficult to respond effectively to these new security challenges. Resources and technical capacity are scarce, as are cooperation and coordination within governments, between governments, and between governments, the private sector, and civil society. New Security Challenges in Asia shows how these threats are less susceptible to traditional diplomacy or military resolution and recommends ways the U.S. can help Asian nations address them constructively.

Cyber Warfare: A Multidisciplinary Analysis (Routledge Studies in Conflict, Security and Technology)

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This book is a multi-disciplinary analysis of cyber warfare, featuring contributions by leading experts from a mixture of academic and professional backgrounds.

Cyber warfare, meaning interstate cyber aggression, is an increasingly important emerging phenomenon in international relations, with state-orchestrated (or apparently state-orchestrated) computer network attacks occurring in Estonia (2007), Georgia (2008) and Iran (2010). This method of waging warfare – given its potential to, for example, make planes fall from the sky or cause nuclear power plants to melt down – has the capacity to be as devastating as any conventional means of conducting armed conflict. Every state in the world now has a cyber-defence programme and over 120 states also have a cyber-attack programme.
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Protecting Our Future: Educating a Cybersecurity Workforce

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In the world of technology, cybersecurity is, without a doubt, one of the most dynamic topics of our times. Protecting Our Future brings together a range of experts from across the cybersecurity spectrum and shines a spotlight on operational challenges and needs across the workforce: in military, health care, international relations, telecommunications, finance, education, utilities, government, small businesses, and nonprofits. Contributors offer an assessment of strengths and weaknesses within each subfield, and, with deep subject-matter expertise, they introduce practitioners, as well as those considering a future in cybersecurity, to the challenges and opportunities when building a cybersecurity workforce.

Contributors include: Melody L. Balcet, Anthony M. Bargar, Shana Kayne Beach, Tom Connors, Kyle M. Foley, James H. Jones, Jr., Gregory P. Keeley, Jane LeClair, K. Maman, Ernest McDuffie, Sean Murphy, Kai Roer, and Geoff Schwartz.