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All political and military conflicts now have a cyber dimension, the size and impact of which are difficult to predict. Internet-enabled propaganda, espionage and attacks on critical infrastructure can target decision makers, weapons systems and citizens in general, during times of peace or war. Traditional threats to national security now have a digital delivery mechanism which would increase the speed, diffusion and power of an attack. There have been no true cyber wars to date, but cyber battles of great consequence are easy to find. This book is divided into two sections – Strategic Viewpoints and Technical Challenges & Solutions – and highlights the growing connection between computer security and national security.
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Today, our entire modern way of life, from communication to commerce to conflict, fundamentally depends on the Internet. And the cybersecurity issues that result challenge literally everyone. We face new questions in everything from our rights and responsibilities as citizens of both the online and real world to simply how to protect ourselves and our families from a new type of danger. The key question areas of cyberspace and its security: how it all works, why it all matters, and what can we do?
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?
How do the weak defeat the strong? Ivan Arreguín-Toft argues that, although many factors affect asymmetric conflict outcomes (for example, the relative power of the actors, their weapons technology, and outside support), the interaction of each actor's strategy is the best explanation. Supporting his argument with combined statistical and comparative case study analysis, Arreguín-Toft's strategic interaction theory has implications not only for international relations theorists, but for policy makers grappling with interstate and civil wars, as well as terrorism.