Cyber War

I recently read Richard Clarke’s Cyber War. Although I didn’t learn anything new on the technical side, that isn’t the focus of the book. Clarke’s main agenda is to build awareness of the uniquely vulnerable position that the United States finds itself in as well as proposing national policies that might lead to a more favorable position for the USA as well as a more stable situation for everyone. Although I know next to nothing about Clarke, over the course of the book I learned to admire his blunt opinions and the broad perspective he has developed as a long-time Washington insider. This book is a couple of years old, and therefore misses out on recent developments such as Stuxnet. Even so, I’m not aware of a better high-level introduction to the policy issues. It’s worth reading as a way to understand some of the broader implications of computer (in)security.

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