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Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It

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Chilling thought on how vulnerable US is to cyber attack

The book is what the author states at the beginning, not a great in-depth examination of either technologies, policy workings or military defense strategy and implementation, but at a level that would be understandable to someone not well versed in any of these areas. H...
The book is what the author states at the beginning, not a great in-depth examination of either technologies, policy workings or military defense strategy and implementation, but at a level that would be understandable to someone not well versed in any of these areas. Having worked in the telecommunications and data network delivery industry, I can well appreciate the author's view of just how vulnerable to attack many systems are, and their impact on everyday life. Imagine a winter storm that takes down your power lines, and then everything that requires power - and the storm lasts six months. This overview is distressing enough, but how can our government's various components continue to not make a coordinated effort to address it and properly defend our nation from these threats? Oh, sorry, that would be expecting acutal thoughtful and effective action from our political (total-lack-of) leadership.

This book certainly met its goal, and I will be looking to see more in this area of public policy for (hopefully) greater future success in securing the nation and its infrastructure from attack.

posted by 2118713 on May 9, 2012

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Cyber Snore

This book reads as if it was written by a person with an eight grade grasp of cyber security. Yes, the United States is vulnerable to cyber attacks but, despite the grandiose subtitle (The Next Great Threat and What to Do about It), the book offers no useful advise abo...
This book reads as if it was written by a person with an eight grade grasp of cyber security. Yes, the United States is vulnerable to cyber attacks but, despite the grandiose subtitle (The Next Great Threat and What to Do about It), the book offers no useful advise about what to do about cyber warfare. I suspect that is because the two authors are policy wonks who believe that policies and procedures can fix any problem.

The authors style was annoying on several other counts as well. They repeated the same mantra that we need to protect our elecrical grid (ignoring the fact that we have several such grids, but who would expect a policy wonk to bother to know details>) and the authors rarely passed up a chance to bash former President Bush. Frankly, if Clarke was as annoying and as unknowledgable as this waste of $29.00 suggests, it is no wonder that President Bush did not want him giving advice on what has been a critical topic in Washington for about eight years.

The most glaring omission in this book is that it contains on realization that the nation needs perhaps 50,000 highly skilled cyber warriors in the public and private sectors but has only about 1,000--and that 1,000 does not include either Mr. Clarke or Mr. Knake--and provides no indication that either of the authors understands that policies will not close the cyber skills gap though it will create jobs for ivy league consultants who only understand a small part of the problem.

I would suggest anyone who thinks they need to read this book save their time and money and download the Lewis Commission Report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies website. That report is much shorter, much better written, contains ideas concerning how to address the problem, and is free.

posted by Treblid on August 22, 2010

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