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Cyber War Will Not Take Place Hardcover – 1 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199330638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199330638
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,135,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book will be welcomed by all those who have struggled to get the measure of the "cyber-war" threat. As Thomas Rid takes on the digital doomsters he also provides a comprehensive, authoritative and sophisticated analysis of the strategic quandaries created by the new technologies.' --Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies, King's College London


We're in the early years of a cyberwar arms race, one fueled by both fear and ignorance. This book is a cogent counterpoint to both the doomsayers and profiteers, and should be required reading for anyone concerned about our national security policy in cyberspace. -- Bruce Schneier, security guru and author of Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Thrive





"With news of cyber war, terrorism and espionage seemingly everywhere, separating hype from reality is not always easy. Many agencies and companies stand to gain by inflating cyber security fears. In Cyber War Will Not Take Place , Thomas Rid takes a razor to the evidence and carefully dissects the evolution of conflict and espionage in the cyber age. The result is a compelling and authoritative take on war and strategy in cyberspace, one that will surely be seminal in this area for years to come."--Ronald J. Deibert, Citizen Lab Director and author of Black Code: Inside the Battle forCyberspace


"We're in the early years of a cyberwar arms race, one fueled by both fear and ignorance. This book is a cogent counterpoint to both the doomsayers and profiteers, and should be required reading for anyone concerned about our national security policy in cyberspace." -- Bruce Schneier, security guru and author of Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Thrive


"'This book will be welcomed by all those who have struggled to get the measure of the 'cyber-war' threat. As Thomas Rid takes on the digital doomsters he also provides a comprehensive, authoritative and sophisticated analysis of the strategic quandaries created by the new technologies." --Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies, King's College London


"Thomas Rid provides an unusually level-headed view of where we are in the cyber arms race. This book nips in the bud the loose talk of cyber war and illustrates what's really happening. Anyone involved in building defences against future attacks should read this book first." --Mikko Hypponen, virus analyst and Chief Research Officer, F-Secure





"'In Cyber War Will Not Take Place, Thomas Rid throws a well-timed bucket of cold water on an increasingly alarmist debate. Just as strategic bombing never fulfilled its promise, and even airpower at its apogee -- Kosovo in 1999, or Libya two years ago --only worked with old-fashioned boots on the ground, Rid argues that the promise of cyber war is equally illusory. . . What Rid does, with great skill, is to pivot the discussion away from cyber war and towards cyber weapons."--Financial Times


"With news of cyber war, terrorism and espionage seemingly everywhere, separating hype from reality is not always easy. Many agencies and companies stand to gain by inflating cyber security fears. In Cyber War Will Not Take Place, Thomas Rid takes a razor to the evidence and carefully dissects the evolution of conflict and espionage in the cyber age. The result is a compelling and authoritative take on war and strategy in cyberspace, one that will surely be seminal in this area for years to come."--Ronald J. Deibert, Citizen Lab Director and author of Black Code: Inside the Battle forCyberspace


"'This book will be welcomed by all those who have struggled to get the measure of the 'cyber-war' threat. As Thomas Rid takes on the digital doomsters he also provides a comprehensive, authoritative and sophisticated analysis of the strategic quandaries created by the new technologies." --Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies, King's College London


"Thomas Rid provides an unusually level-headed view of where we are in the cyber arms race. This book nips in the bud the loose talk of cyber war and illustrates what's really happening. Anyone involved in building defences against future attacks should read this book first." --Mikko Hypponen, virus analyst and Chief Research Officer, F-Secure


"We're in the early years of a cyberwar arms race, one fueled by both fear and ignorance. This book is a cogent counterpoint to both the dooms


"His provocatively titled book attacks the hype and mystique about sabotage, espionage, subversion and other mischief on the internet. He agrees that these present urgent security problems. But he dislikes talk of warfare and the militarisation of the debate about dangers in cyberspace. Computer code can do lots of things, but it is not a weapon of war."--The Economist


"'In Cyber War Will Not Take Place, Thomas Rid throws a well-timed bucket of cold water on an increasingly alarmist debate. Just as strategic bombing never fulfilled its promise, and even airpower at its apogee -- Kosovo in 1999, or Libya two years ago --only worked with old-fashioned boots on the ground, Rid argues that the promise of cyber war is equally illusory. . . What Rid does, with great skill, is to pivot the discussion away from cyber war and towards cyber weapons."--Financial Times


"With news of cyber war, terrorism and espionage seemingly everywhere, separating hype from reality is not always easy. Many agencies and companies stand to gain by inflating cyber security fears. In Cyber War Will Not Take Place, Thomas Rid takes a razor to the evidence and carefully dissects the evolution of conflict and espionage in the cyber age. The result is a compelling and authoritative take on war and strategy in cyberspace, one that will surely be seminal in this area for years to come."--Ronald J. Deibert, Citizen Lab Director and author of Black Code: Inside the Battle forCyberspace


"Thomas Rid provides an unusually level-headed view of where we are in the cyber arms race. This book nips in the bud the loose talk of cyber war and illustrates what's really happening. Anyone involved in building defences against future attacks should read this book first." --Mikko Hypponen, virus analyst and Chief Research Officer, F-Secure


"We're in the early years of a cyberwar arms race, one fueled by both fear and ignorance. This book is a cogent counterpoint to both the


"Rid argues that what we have seen so far in the cyber realm can't properly be classified as war at all. And, he and his allies suggest, in thinking of it that way, we're creating new international hazards and diverting attention from changes that might actually keep us safe. Rid represents one pole of an emerging debate, as the world's policy establishment grapples with how to think about virtual attacks. One side believes that to downplay them is dangerously naive. . . Rid's side of this debate, which includes both experts on cybersecurity and those given the task of designing the new 'weapons' for cyberspace, argues that although the threat is real, in overstating it we're helping create a new kind of global risk."--Boston Globe


"'In Cyber War Will Not Take Place, Thomas Rid throws a well-timed bucket of cold water on an increasingly alarmist debate. Just as strategic bombing never fulfilled its promise, and even airpower at its apogee -- Kosovo in 1999, or Libya two years ago --only worked with old-fashioned boots on the ground, Rid argues that the promise of cyber war is equally illusory. . . What Rid does, with great skill, is to pivot the discussion away from cyber war and towards cyber weapons."--Financial Times


"His provocatively titled book attacks the hype and mystique about sabotage, espionage, subversion and other mischief on the internet. He agrees that these present urgent security problems. But he dislikes talk of warfare and the militarisation of the debate about dangers in cyberspace. Computer code can do lots of things, but it is not a weapon of war."--The Economist


"With news of cyber war, terrorism and espionage seemingly everywhere, separating hype from reality is not always easy. Many agencies and companies stand to gain by inflating cyber security fears. In Cyber War Will Not Take Place, Thomas Rid takes a razor to the evidence and carefully dissects the evolution of conflict and espionage in the cyber age. The result is a compelling and authoritative take on war and strategy in cyberspace, one that will surely be seminal in this area for years to come."--Ronald J. Deibert, Citizen Lab Director and author of Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace


"We're in the early years of a cyberwar arms race, one fueled by both fear and ignorance. This book is a cogent counterpoint to both the doomsayers and profiteers, and should be required reading for anyone concerned about our national security policy in cyberspace." -- Bruce Schneier, security guru and author of Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Thrive


"'This book will be welcomed by all those who have struggled to get the measure of the 'cyber-war' threat. As Thomas Rid takes on the digital doomsters he also provides a comprehensive, authoritative and sophisticated analysis of the strategic quandaries created by the new technologies." --Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies, King's College London





"Cyber War Will Not Take Place throws a well-timed bucket of cold water on an increasingly alarmist debate. EL What Rid does, with great skill, is to pivot the discussion away from cyber war and towards cyber weapons." -- Financial Times


"Thomas Rid is one of Britain's leading authorities on, and sceptics about, cyber-warfare. His provocatively titled book attacks the hype and mystique about sabotage, espionage, subversion and other mischief on the internet. Rid agrees that these present urgent security problems but he dislikes talk of 'warfare' and the militarization of the debate about dangers in cyberspace. Computer code can do lots of things, but it is not a weapon of war.' -- The Economist


"This book provides a thorough and timely analysis of cyber conflict and makes a reasonable case to temper the dialogue around cyber war." -- International Affairs


"This book will be welcomed by all those who have struggled to get the measure of the "cyber-war" threat. As Thomas Rid takes on the digital doomsters he also provides a comprehensive, authoritative and sophisticated analysis of the strategic quandaries created by the new technologies." -- Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies, King's College London and author of Strategy: A History


'Rid stands as a useful voice among the Cassandras and Chicken Littles who warn of the impending cyber apocalypse. He bridges the divide between law and technology, and serves as the standard bearer for those hoping to lead the cyber-war debate out of what he calls the 'realm of myth and fairytale' into rational, empirical discussion." -- Sydney Morning Herald


"A stimulating read for anyone interested in the field of security studies, EL Cyber War Will Not Take Place has the tech language that academics from the field would expect it to have, but the author also manages to explain the background knowledge to lay readers in an understandable and often humorous fashion. Each of his points is accompanied by several real-life cybercrime examples, ranging from the infamous Stuxnet attack to operation Titan rain in 2003, when Chinese hackers attacked US military and governmental computer systems.' -- Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies


About the Author


Thomas Rid is Reader in War Studies at King's College London. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations in the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC.


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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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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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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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