Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Against All Enemies, former presidential advisor and counter-terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke sounds a timely and chilling warning about America’s vulnerability in a terrifying new international conflict—Cyber War! Every concerned American should read this startling and explosive book that offers an insider’s view of White House ‘Situation Room’ operations and carries the reader to the frontlines of our cyber defense. Cyber War exposes a virulent threat to our nation’s security. This is no X-Files fantasy or conspiracy theory madness—this is real.
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Cyber war:A fascinating read
Richard Clarke has written a classic on a topic that will continue to be talked and written about for decades. I found the "behind the scenes" conversations and decisions by three presidents and many high-ranking government leaders perhaps the most valuable contribution by Clarke. Also, this treatise does a thorough job of analyzing strategy in a world increasingly dependent on the Internet. Finally, Clarke goes out on a controversial limb with a number of recommendations he calls "the triad".
Clarke is clearly not a technologist. Unfortunately, some of his examples are exaggerations or just plain wrong. For example, he tells us that power generators run at 60 Mhz. They run at 60 hertz, instead. The SQLSlammer did not cause the 2003 Blackout (Clarke implies that it could), nor have logic bombs ever killed anyone (as far as we know). Wall Street excesses have done far more damage to the financial sector than any cyber attack, and more damage is done by drunken drivers on our highways than black hats. The Cyber Security Institute data suggests that cyber exploit damages have declined since 9/11, and the FBI data claims average damages due to cyber crime is approximately $500 per incident. Bad, but hardly a disaster!
Nonetheless, Cyber War shows what might happen if we do nothing. And as Clarke laments, our leaders are as naive about the potential for cyber disaster as they were about terrorism on 9/10/01. Better to act now than wait for the Big One.
Here find action items worthy of consideration and discussion, then dissemination.
A call for awareness and in support of too-long-ignored warnings of potential devastation of critical components of economies, even societies as we know and understand them today.
An eye-opening education of the vulnerabilities our nation, it's industries and population face in cyberspace. God willing our political leaders will read this book.