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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0124047378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0124047372
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 0.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,197,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Given the scope of conventional warfare and cyber warfare, at under 150 pages, the book takes a very high-level approach to the topic.For those looking for a general introduction to the topic, The Basics of Cyber Warfare: Understanding the Fundamentals of Cyber Warfare in Theory and Practice is a good place to start."--RSA Conference.com, March 11, 2013 "This is a thin book on a broad and deep topic, which gave me pause initially, but as it turns out, the book is thoughtfully written and will definitely be useful for educating managers and security professionals who need to broaden their thinking beyond physical security. It provides a dozen pages or so on each of the big topics in computer network security.This book won't give you everything you need to know for incident handling or certification, but it can serve as a first step in a manager's education in computer network security."--Security Management.com

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Steve Winterfeld (CISSP, PMP, SANS GSEC, Six Sigma) has a strong technical and leadership background in Cybersecurity, Military Intelligence, Certification & Accreditation (C&A), Simulations and Project Management. Jason Andress (ISSAP, CISSP, GPEN, CEH) is a seasoned security professional with a depth of experience in both the academic and business worlds. Presently he carries out information security oversight duties, performing penetration testing, risk assessment, and compliance functions to ensure that critical assets are protected. Jason has taught undergraduate and graduate security courses since 2005 and holds a doctorate in computer science, researching in the area of data protection. He has authored several publications and books, writing on topics including data security, network security, penetration testing, and digital forensics.

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Cyber Warfare is one of the two really hot topics in the US Military-Industrial establishment (the other is drone aircraft, in case you are wondering), and this book is for those who wish to get in on the ground floor. With the reduction in budgets (actually, budget increases), all the armed forces are casting around for new justifications for larger shares of the pie, and all have set up their own 'cyber-commands'. This book is firmly rooted in that milieu.

Needless to say, you won't find a reasoned analysis of the subject, or even a justification for it, in this book. The section headed 'Cyber War - Hype or Reality' occupies less than one page in a 150 page tract. I'm sure I don't have to tell you what its conclusion was! What this book does do, and does very well, is to provide the senior management of companies wishing to become part of this highly lucrative business with the jargon and enough of a basic understanding to not make fools of themselves.

Along the way it provides the largest selection of military bureaucratic acronyms I've ever come across - in just one page it introduces the reader to TTPs, InfoSec, Net Centric Warfare, IA, CNO, CNE, CNA, CND (Computer Network Defense - not Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament!), and IO... And that's just the start. I read the book with a kind of warped fascination. This stuff would make a great basis for a game about cyber-warfare, but would provide little of use for most people in IT, or even IT security.

Oh, and one comment for the publisher, the days when it was acceptable to use bad photocopies of leaflets (in this case an old Verisign leaflet) as an aid to understanding are long since past!
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Good intro to cyber warfare 11 Mar. 2013
By Ben Rothke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The notion of advanced persistent threats (APT) and cyber warfare has reached the mainstream press. As nation states are attacking corporate networks, the need to take defensive action is an imperative.

In The Basics of Cyber Warfare: Understanding the Fundamentals of Cyber Warfare in Theory and Practice, authors Steve Winterfeld and Jason Andress provide an introduction to the topic of the various aspects of cyber warfare.

Topics such as the basics of cyber warfare, military doctrine, cyber doctrine, offensive and defensive tactics, state-sponsored attacks, procedures and more are detailed.

Wikipedia defines cyber warfare as politically motivated hacking to conduct sabotage and espionage. It is a form of information warfare sometimes seen as analogous to conventional warfare. Given the scope of conventional warfare and cyber warfare, at under 150 pages, the book takes a very high-level approach to the topic, and lacks details necessary for a comprehensive understanding of the topic.

For those looking for a more compressive guide, books such as Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld and Reverse Deception: Organized Cyber Threat Counter-Exploitation may be better starting points.

For those looking for a general introduction to the topic, The Basics of Cyber Warfare: Understanding the Fundamentals of Cyber Warfare in Theory and Practice is
Good intro---but missing content! 16 July 2014
By Fleamarketshopper - Published on Amazon.com
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Good introduction to the subject.

FYI--my book came without the "Appendix: Cyber Timeline." This is referenced several times in the book, but is nowhere to be found! Did the publisher just forget about the last few pages? I would have rated it lower because of this, but I didn't want the publisher's sloppiness to reflect poorly on the authors.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An excellent short compendium 9 May 2013
By B. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not revolutionary, but it provides a good, integrated look at cyberwarfare. It's an easy read and points to other useful materials.
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