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

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

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by Richard A. Clarke, Robert Knake
     
 

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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

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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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Michiko Kakutani
In these pages Mr. Clarke uses his insider's knowledge of national security policy to create a harrowing—and persuasive—picture of the cyberthreat the United States faces today.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
On today's battlefields computers play a major role, controlling targeting systems, relaying critical intelligence information, and managing logistics. And, like their civilian counter-parts, defense computers are susceptible to hacking. In September 2007, Israeli cyber warriors "blinded" Syrian anti-aircraft installations, allowing Israeli planes to bomb a suspected nuclear weapons manufacturing facility (Syrian computers were hacked and reprogrammed to display an empty sky). One of the first known cyber attacks against an independent nation was a Russian DDOS (Deliberate Denial of Service) on Estonia. Since it can rarely be traced directly back to the source, the DDOS has become a common form of attack, with Russia, China, North Korea, the U.S., and virtually every other country in possession of a formidable military having launched low-level DDOS assaults. Analysts across the globe are well aware that any future large-scale conflict will include cyber warfare as part of a combined arms effort. Clarke and Knake argue that today's leaders, though more computer savvy than ever, may still be ignorant of the cyber threats facing their national security.
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New York Times Book Review
For AGAINST ALL ENEMIES: “Against All Enemies is too good to be ignored. . . . It is a rarity among Washington-insider memoirs—it’s a thumping good read.”
Financial Times
“Will strengthen Clarke’s claims as one of the founding fathers of cybersecurocracy....It is worth buying this book if only for his pithy five-page vision of this coming apocalypse and a return to stone-age conditions within a week, all because of a few pesky hackers and viruses.”
Booklist
“In this chilling and eye-opening book, Clarke and Knake provide a highly detailed yet accessible look at how cyber warfare is being waged and the need to rethink our national security to face this new threat.”
Slate
“[CYBER WAR] may be the most important book about national-security policy in the last several years.”
Wall Street Journal
“Clarke and Knake are right to sound the alarm.”
Library Journal
Today's global society is totally dependent on the complex communications networks that connect individuals, businesses, and governments. Attacking these networks is relatively easier and cheaper for both governments and terrorists than more overt acts; it could also cause even more widespread and long-lasting damage. Clarke (Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror), who was a White House security adviser to Presidents from Reagan through Clinton, discusses the various points of cyber vulnerability and critiques American efforts to protect its vital infrastructure. An electronic first strike could lead to an uncoordinated retaliation that could rapidly escalate out of control. Governments and companies all over the world are hard at work developing both offensive and defensive software programs, policies, and procedures to deal with this immediate threat, but Clarke wants to encourage more public debate on a topic that has been dominated by the technical experts. He previously wrote a technothriller, Breakpoint, on this very issue. VERDICT On an important subject, this book is written for general readers, although undergraduates could benefit from it as well. However, the lack of both a bibliography and an index (not to mention footnotes) is a serious deficiency.—Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061992391
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/20/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
277,681
File size:
362 KB

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Michiko Kakutani
“Chilling... [A] harrowing — and persuasive — picture of the cyberthreat the United States faces today.”

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Richard A. Clarke has served in the White House for President Reagan, for both presidents Bush, and for President Clinton, who appointed him as National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism. He teaches at Harvard Kennedy School, consults for ABC News, and is chairman of Good Harbor Consulting.

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Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do about It 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Treblid More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
GMAN-SD More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking it would be interesting and insightful, but it was just mediocre. Someone with Richard Clarke's experience and access should be able to do better. My chief compliant is that everything was grossly simplified and repetitive. Yet, I respect the book's message that the U.S.A. is VERY VULNERABLE to a cyber attack given our 'connected' society & industries. It's the next battlefield.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Richard Clarke's Cyber War is a tale of the digital end-of-days of sorts, of the online battlefield ungoverned by normal rules of engagement. He warns of the well-disguised threat of cyberterror, and the only recently tapped-into power of code in virtual warfare. He provides a harrowing example of the complete shutdown of Estonian internet due to a DDOS (distributed denial of service attack.) A normally workaday "nuisance," only a series of hacked lines of code was able to completely crash the servers of the most visited Estonian webpages and effectively shut down communication for a night. These "zombie botnets" are the future of warfare, and " [computer] owners usually cannot even tell when their computers have become zombies or are engaged in a DDOS." In today's digital world, Cyber War reminds us that we must be careful with our technology and our information, and that danger lurks in seemingly safe internet corners.
Jivan_Khakee More than 1 year ago
Cyber War is an eye opening book about the next potential threat to the U.S. We often feel comfortable and secure online, but Knake and Clarke demonstrate that we are so vulnerable online in so many ways. They addressed issues in our most basic functioning levels of society, our infrastructure, and how we are not doing anything to correct these mistakes. Overall the question this book left me with is "Is our dependance on technology going to end us?" Unfortunately, Knake and Clarke do not give solutions to the problems in our dependance on technology in our infrastructure, and I would have liked to hear opinions on how to solve these issues. Overall, a slow read, but very interesting and downright chilling towards the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written...makes you rethink all the cyber things we do....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books brings our minds into some potential future problems we humans may face. Cyber attacks are among one of them. The Author of this book, Richard Clarke gives us some scenarios where cyber attacks can turn into real life, warfare attacks. These, of course involving guns and machinery that could potentially kill people. The whole process may be frightening to some, but to others, cyber attacks can be overlooked and not seen as a threat. The scary idea that one person, with the right knowledge of technology, has the ability to hack entire corporations or even governments!
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