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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 Author of the New York Times bestseller Against All Enemies former presidential advisor and counter terrorism expert Clarke sounds a timely and chilling warning about America s vulnerability in a t

  • Title: Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It
  • Author: Richard A. Clarke Robert Knake
  • ISBN: 9780061962240
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author of the 1 New York Times bestseller Against All Enemies, former presidential advisor and counter terrorism expert Clarke sounds a timely and chilling warning about America s vulnerability in a terrifying new international conflict.

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    1. Clarke remains one of the most compelling writers about matters of national security and he is in top form here. He and co-author, Knake, point out how the United States is at risk, from whom, and what we should be doing to make ourselves more secure.The authors offer a nice intro to how the internet works, pointing out where along that road vulnerabilities lie, noting soft spots that are inherent in the DNA of the web. Perhaps most alarming is that the nation lacks a comprehensive plan of defen [...]

    2. Clarke's book is a somewhat decent read. At nearly 300 pages, it could easily have been condensed to approximately 200 pages if the redundant and cyclic references were removed. The repeated references do assist Clarke in making his over-arching point of the weaknesses in the digital infrastructure of the United States -- but this also served to make me feel like I was being beaten repeatedly over the head with the same statements. Further hurting Clarke was a lack of technical explanation for s [...]

    3. I'm getting close to the half-way point in this book and am feeling a lot like some of the other reviewers. This book probably could have been condensed to 200 pages, or maybe even 150. Between his repetitive nature and his unnecessary reminders of his personal political leanings, this book would have been much better. I even caught a few sentences where he mentioned trying to gain more funding for himselfh. Something felt off about the way he described this section. And when you continue to rep [...]

    4. (3.5) Too thin on the current state of cyber war, but a great look forwardI felt it a fairly superficial treatment of the capabilities and threat out there. Also would have loved anecdotes from cyberespionage and cyberterrorism past. I guess he's taking care not to reveal too much about what the US and other nations can do and have done, in the interest of national security. So I guess I understand that. But still, the first 3/4 of the book were pretty light treatment and listening to the author [...]

    5. A first-read win.There probably isn't anything new for anyone with an adequate knowledge of the internet in this detailed but overwrought book on the possibilities of cyberwar. Like his previous book, the most interesting information comes from his personal experiences in advising presidents on this topic. He really doesn't like George W. Bush but his cynicism that Obama, or any president for that matter, is ready to address the threat is evident. There is much detail on what constitutes cyber t [...]

    6. I decided to do some reading about cyber warfare after I had written 160,000 words of a draft novel and realized that one of my main characters was a hacker and I knew nothing about either hacking or any concepts of cyber war. So being a good wannabe writer, I did some searching, found a book on the subject and did my homework.Noted policy wonk, counter-terrorism expert, noted detractor of Bush The Younger Richard Clarke joins forces with a younger hipper colleague Robert K Knake to deliver a sl [...]

    7. I recently reviewed America The Vulnerable which explained how exposed we are as individuals, corporations, and a country to cyber crime, cyber espionage (both state and corporate), and cyber attacks. Of all the cyber threats we face as individuals and a nation, the least likely is an all out cyber war. But just because it’s less likely that doesn’t mean the threat isn’t real. Especially since cyber warfare has been in use since the 1990′s. We used cyber weapons openly in the gulf war in [...]

    8. Fiction being sold as non-fiction. Much of history of how cyberwarfare supported conventional war is embellished, and the credibility of the current threat is overstated -- perhaps all to support the author's argument. I'm all for a better means of defense, as well as an effective way to hold other cyber networks at risk, but the available accesses and intelligence are not available, as well as the ability to control collateral damage and cross-border effects. Additionally, there remains no way [...]

    9. Infuriating and alarming, more so than ever in light of recent (early 2013) news about the Chinese government's hacking into the computer networks of major western media organizations, defense contractors, military organizations, and infrastructure controls; our own cyber-attacks on the Iranian nuke program are also worrisome, although they may have been the least of the available evils and better than either letting Iran develop nuclear weapons or watching Israel start a war to prevent it, beca [...]

    10. Book does a good analysis of a new age of warfare where secrets can be stolen and significant damage to a country's infrastructure just by accessing computers. It identifies sectors which required significant cyber defence upgrades namely power, major ISPs and the military. Scary. What was disappointing was the proposed solutions which emphasized inter-state agreements - at the same time acknowledging that the US cannot put in those controls advocated! Also, the current threat comes from non-sta [...]

    11. I read this for class. I find the writing easy to follow and I really like that aspect. However, this book should be - quoting from previous reviewer - "taken with a big grain of salt". I appreciate that Clarke&Knake warn us of the risk of cyberwar and the vulnerability of current system, but is it really as bad as it is? The book emphasizes on the external threats and the slow understanding of US Government in responding to these threats. As a foreigner, I couldn't help but ask: "If countri [...]

    12. Clarke knows what he's talking about, is perhaps the most influential expert in government on this topic. The parallels he draws with nuclear arms control, in which he participated, are fascinating and compelling. Making the world safe for free information exchange will require an international effort of similar scope and difficulty.If you think the private sector and the marketplace will somehow take care of these problems while we sleep, you are dreaming.

    13. My Blog (Terebrate) review of this book: bit/V1Sv6Y Executive Summary:I recommend this book. It is essential to the cyber warrior who needs to understand the historical context around the evolution of defending any nation in cyber space. For international policy makers, it is a good place to start for a real discussion about substantive policies that the international community should consider. For the commercial security folks, read this book if you want insight into how government policy maker [...]

    14. Cyberwar is terrific book despite its age, and that says a lot.Clarke forms a fantastic (both literally and figuratively) narrative that's gripping throughout the first half of the book, but slowly fades towards the second, as it becomes inundated with redundancies.The book is beginning to show its age, too. With the advent of newer books, movies, and podcasts such as "Countdown to Zero Day", and "Malicious Life", Cyberwar, first published 8 years ago and probably written well in advance, might [...]

    15. WARNING: The country which invented the Internet is presently the most vulnerable to an attack from it.In the 1970’s, the US Defense Department’s Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) laid the groundwork for the Internet. This communications system, initially developed by the military, has over the past 40 years become used by industry, commerce, social networks- almost every aspect of contemporary life. Richard A. Clarke’s Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do [...]

    16. A good overview of potentially the greatest threat to nation states today, one that is often ignored and relegated to the domain of science-fiction. Covered both the challenges and also the politics around it with the viewpoint of USA. The book isn't technical in nature but provides an intro to computer networks and the vulnerable points. One thing that stood out, especially in context of North Korea, is how being a technologically backward country may actually be an advantage when it comes to C [...]

    17. This book provides a very nice introduction to cyber warfare. The US is considered the best at this type of warfare but unfortunately it is by far the most vulnerable. Any device that is tied to the web is subject to attack. This is the "internet of things" (IoT) As US manufacturers get more and more devices on the net this vulnerability increases. Many power grids in the US are on the net controlling computer access to them is not only the ability to shut them down but also the ability to destr [...]

    18. Clarke, former presidential advisor with a background in nuclear war explains the dangers of cyber attack and what the US as a country should be doing.Why I started this book: It's on the professional reading list and my library had an audio copy.Why I finished it: Books like this have an obvious shelf-life and at 5 years, this is past it. Not only has the terminology moved on from cyber war to cyber attack, Clarke repeats himself endlessly. Seriously this book could should have been cut by 1/4 [...]

    19. I'm only giving this book 3 stars for a split reason: the information provided in the book would have gotten 5 stars, but the organization of the book is off. While an excellent starting point for those interested in the subject, due to Clarke and Knake's clear description of key terminology and events, it is best read in conjunction with the bevy of articles that have come out since 2015 on cyberwar. These include almost anything from wired, ars technica, or Krebs, but more importantly Kim Zett [...]

    20. read it some tike ago, guess now it will be somewhat outdated. I really like Richard's style, you can feel he had greatbpower and was still down to earth. Gives an accurate and somewhat prescient view on the already on-going war - dnc hack by Russia. Could have been more detailed, then again, I guess I shouldn't expect to learn hackers skills in a popular book :-D.

    21. Technical aspects were light at times, but gave good insights to the current (circa 09-ish) state of the U.S's posture in regards to "Cyber". Creating smart power grids smart traffic systems, smart cars, smart food delivery systems and automating most industries creates targets in a new type of war.

    22. 3.5 stars because it’s a few years out of date but still important material. Set up your two-factor authentication on everything!

    23. There's this parable from another time and another place and it goes something like this: don't put all your eggs in one basket. And there you have the one sentence summation of Clarke's book detailing America's reliance on the Internet to keep our essential civilian infrastructure afloat. What do I mean by "essential"? The little things like finance, transportation, water, energy, food, etc. More than any other country, Clarke argues, the U.S. depends on commands sent over the web to keep our i [...]

    24. Soon, the ultimate tool will becomee ultimate enemy! So said the 1982 trailer for Tron, a heavily dated computer film that comes to mind with every mention of "Cyber Warrior" here. The word sounds like a teenager flailing around in a 1990s mall wearing a bulky VR helmet. Whatever the awkwardness in adapting military terminology to the brave new digital world, however, the threat posed by war in cyberspace is real -- both because of multitude of potential attack vectors, and because the United St [...]

    25. This book is pretty interesting, some examples on cyberwarfare cases were presented, what china and russia are capable of doing.Keyloggers can read and save everything I type, put into a file and send it to hackers juts like I did for this review.Electric grid, pipelines, airports all use software. The book mentions 'logic bombs' - special code that gives deadly instructions to trains to go full stop, airplanes control surfaces to dive, electric power grid to release huge jolt of electricity int [...]

    26. When Richard C. Clarke says there is a looming threat to our national security, you want to take him seriously. After all, it was Clarke who was the leading voice advising the Bush administration about the urgency of the potential attack on the U.S. by Al Quida that resulted in the events of 9/11.Now, Clarke and co-author Robert K. Knake are onto the next frontline of possible attack – cyberspace. In ‘Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What To Do About It,’ Clarke and Knak [...]

    27. 30 yıl boyunca Amerika Birleşik Devletlerine savunma konusunda hizmet veren Richard Clarke bildiklerini Siber Savaş kitabında anlatıyor ve bizi gelecek tehlikelere karşı uyarıyor. Okyanus ötesinde yaşayan kişi bir virüs salıyor ve 2 saat içinde tüm ülkenizin elektriğini kesiyor. Bilim kurgu filmlerinde olur böyle şeyler diyorsunuz ama bu çok mümkün bir senaryo. Çin, Kuzey Kore, ABD, Rusya hatta Pakistan bile siber savaşta yerlerini alıyor, siber savaşçılar yetiştiriy [...]

    28. So, a year or so ago I needed to read some non-fiction after reading the first two “Game of Thrones” books back to back. 1500 pages of Dragon this, M’lady that… Great stuff but it gets to you. I also wanted something short. After so much dense fantasy, 350 pages of “Cyberwar” seems short. This book came out a few years ago and tries to be a primer on state use of internet attacks and the defense of states from internet attacks. I’m sort of torn about it. It is pitched at folks who [...]

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