In poll after poll, one of the threats facing our nation is the use of a cyber attack to cause a grid-down scenario. There are many bad actors on the international stage capable of cyber terror on a massive scale. The list is long, including Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, and now even terrorist groups like ISIS. Each is capable of wreaking havoc in the US by shutting down our power grid and enjoying the resulting chaos.
No bombs. No bullets. No swordfights. Just a few keystrokes on a computer. And we're done.
Cyber Warfare is a primer on the threats we face as a nation from the bad actors mentioned above. It explores the history of cyber attacks and discusses the nuances of the terminology. The policies of the United States and its allies have evolved over the past decade. The problem of attribution is explored, as cyber space allows hackers a convenient place to hide.
The all-important issue is raised:
When does a cyber attack become an act of war?
After a thorough review of the threat a cyber war poses for America, in particular on the nation's critical infrastructure, Cyber Warfare will provide preparedness solutions.
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Worthwhile but not technical
This books is well presented and does cover important material though doesn't get into depth technically. That said I don't think that was the intention so it's not a critique but rather an observation. It covers material I've seen in both Vice and Great Courses lectures recently but provides a different perspective so I wouldn't say it's redundant. If you paid for and enjoyed those series you would probably enjoy this.
The main reason I'm giving three stars over all is it takes an over simplified view of nature of the actors themselves.