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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading, 10 April 2013
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This review is from: Cyber War Will Not Take Place (Paperback)
Cogent, balanced, incredibly well informed and thought through.

Thomas Rid's work is both timely and up to date, including comment on, and analysis of, the APT1 report release by Mandiant in February 2013.

Rid helpfully classifies Cyber Attacks in to three sub-types: Subversion, Sabotage and Espionage. He provides a helpful framework for consideration and analysis of such attacks, and blows away many cobwebs and much of the lazy thinking that has become associated with the notion of 'Cyber War'. He also draws attention to the absence of violence (a pre-requisite for War as defined by Clausewitz) in almost all Cyber Attacks.

Of course the flaw in the book is also that it is predicated on Clausewitz's early 19th Century definition of war. Can't help but think he would define it differently were he alive today.....

As Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones has commented regarding the title of the book " I do so hope he's correct". And as Brendan Behan famously said "hope for the best, and prepare for the worst".

Required reading for all Information Security Professionals......
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read, 16 Nov 2013
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Craig Knox (Woking, Surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Great insight into the cyberwar hype. The book provides excellent insight into the possibility of a cyber attack.. But also clears some if the hype surrounding the term.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timely, cogent, contextualised, 27 Sep 2013
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S. Puri "Helmuth" (London) - See all my reviews
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This book is timely. Debates around the offensive use of cyber power are being spoken of commonly, but without being anchored in any kind of definition as to what is and isn't war. This book is cogent. It explains, in chapters on Weapons, Subversion, Espionage and Sabotage the kinds of effects that are commonly called 'Cyber War'. And it is contextualised in the history of war studies, which means so-called Cyber War is located in relation to what we intuitively understand to be war. And in this - war being the power to cause violence, hurt and effect the human body - there is a bridge to be traversed between the actual effects of cyber weapons, and the metaphor of war.

The book reads well. Individual chapters hold up on their own terms as articles on each theme. The most essential chapters, to my reading, were the first two, and the last. Those wishing for a summary of the argument, I would direct you here.

Well done, Dr Rid. I hope this book provokes the debate it deserves. As ever, what lay persons may read as a debate on mere semantics by academics can have real world impact. Unless we know and understand what constitutes an 'act of war' in the cyber realm, future generations of policy makers and lawyers will be left grappling in the dark for appropriate responses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly concise arguement from first principles, 19 July 2013
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Starting with Clausewitz's definition of an act of war, this book assesses how effective software can be at either waging war in its own right, assisting more conventional arms in warlike action or in committing the war-related acts of sabotage, espionage and subversion. Its scope leaves no aspect of its subject or the participants untouched, be it the states who sponsor weaponised software, those who oppose the state or those who seek to thwart either of the first two.

The book contains many examples from the first days of the internet up to the modern day, but none are given any more prominence or detail than is required to support the main text. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Review of The Cyber Threat, 5 Jun 2013
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Well researched, knowledgeably written, topical and thought provoking. There is a lot of hype about "cyber". This book cuts through to the key issues.
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