An essential, eye-opening book about cyberterrorism, cyber war, and the next great threat to our national security.
“Cyber War may be the most important book about national security policy in the last several years.” –Slate
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 is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers. It explains clearly and convincingly what cyber war is, and how vulnerable we are as a nation and as individuals to the vast and looming web of cyber criminals.
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.
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.
Only took 10 years to come true
Now that Russia has hacked into our Governments computers, were in there for 6 months without us knowing, and we still don’t know what they got, or what their further plans are...this book seems pretty accurate. Oh, and let us not forget the fact that their ‘active measures’ through our social media sites, has just produced a coup attempt at taking over our government. There’s not much in this book that hasn’t been proven out.
This is an excellent book and I feel indicates that there is a real opportunity for students to enter into the study of computer science and hopefully prevent future cyber wars and make our world a safer place for all mankind.