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Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know® by [Singer, P.W., Friedman, Allan]
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In our digital age, the issues of cybersecurity are no longer just for the technology crowd; they matter to us all. Whether you work in business or politics, the military or the media ― or are simply an ordinary citizen ― this is an essential read. (Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google)

This is the most approachable and readable book ever written on the cyber world. The authors have distilled the key facts and policy, provided sensible recommendations, and opened the debate generally to any informed citizen: a singular achievement. A must read for practitioners and scholars alike. (Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Ret), former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO)

In confronting the cybersecurity problem, it's important for all of us to become knowledgeable and involved. This book makes that possible ― and also fascinating. It's everything you need to know about cybersecurity, wonderfully presented in a clear and smart way. (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs)

If you read only one book about 'all this cyberstuff,' make it this one. Singer and Friedman know how to make even the most complicated material accessible and even entertaining, while at the same time making a powerful case for why all of us need to know more and think harder about the (cyber)world we know live in. (Anne-Marie Slaughter, President, the New America Foundation)

Singer and Friedman do a highly credible job of documenting the present and likely future risky state of cyber-affairs. This is a clarion call. (Vint Cerf, "Father of the Internet," Presidential Medal of Freedom winner)

I loved this book. Wow. Until I read this astonishing and important book, I didn't know how much I didn't know about the hidden world of cybersecurity and cyberwar. Singer and Friedman make comprehensible an impossibly complex subject, and expose the frightening truth of just how vulnerable we are. Understanding these often-invisible threats to our personal and national security is a necessary first step toward defending ourselves against them. This is an essential read. (Howard Gordon, Executive Producer of 24 and co-creator of Homeland)

Singer and Friedman blend a wonderfully easy to follow FAQ format with engaging prose, weaving explanations of the elements of cybersecurity with revealing anecdotes. From the fundamentals of Internet architecture to the topical intrigue of recent security leaks, this book provides an accessible and enjoyable analysis of the current cybersecurity landscape and what it could look like in the future. (Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and Computer Science at Harvard University, author of The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It)

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know aims to demystify "cyber stuff" and arm readers - from the everyday Internet user to the policymaker - with the necessary tools to better understand cybersecurity and the threats that face it ... Essential reading for anyone interested in national security. (Politico)

More than anything else, the book is a reality check If you're completely ignorant about malware and cyberattacks, this is the book for you. And if you think you know a lot about these topics, this is still the book for you. It's thorough, exhaustive, and easy to read. And it eloquently simplifies every complicated issue, challenging widespread notions about cybersecurity and cyberwar. In this extremely approachable book, Singer and Friedman may have very well told us all we need to know about cybersecurity and cyberwar. Now it's up to us all to work together to make the Internet a better place. (Mashable)

The easy-to-read style, sprinkled with colloquial language, humor, and anecdotes, will make the book particularly engagingPerhaps most importantly, this book will be a significant contribution to building a deeper understanding and a common base of knowledge around cybersecurity issues. This, in turn, may serve as a foundation for enabling policymakers, scholars, and citizens to begin building a crucial dialogue and much-needed conversation around how to approach, understand, and deal with the important policy implications of cybersecurity and cyberwar. (E-International Relations)

A sobering indictment of the current US cybersecurity policy, which has so far been characterized by a dangerous mix of ignorance and shrill hysteria over oft-warned-about but not-yet-realized "cyber Pearl Harbor" catastrophes ... Singer and Friedman cut through this alarmist rhetoric, demystifying technical jargon with simple questions like "How Does The Internet Actually Work?"; "What Is Hacktivism?"; and "Do We Need A Cyberspace Treaty?" The result is an honest, well-researched appraisal of the impact of cyber threats, and the potential solutions for cybersecurity. (Vice Magazine "Motherboard")

Lawyers, consider this your official warning about cybersecurity ... A thorough, comprehensible, and sometimes entertaining explanation of the digital revolution, how we got here, and what lies ahead. (NC Lawyers Weekly)

An impressively comprehensive guide to one of the least understood arenas of modern life. (Popular Science)

In writing Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know, authors Peter W. Singer and Allan Friedman do what few cybersecurity and war scholars do: They tie together the history of the generative Internet, and its foundations in curiosity and experimentation, with the politico-military cyber security community housed in government. They connect the dots between technological traits and their insecurities. And they tell the stories of the people, not just the machines. In the book, Singer and Friedman break down to building blocks what Internet and the World Wide Web are made of, then use those to build back up to sophisticated concepts and information ... At its core, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar makes the point that cybersecurity risk is human risk. (ThinkProgress)

exposes serious ignorance and incompetence in surprisingly high places. (Australia Broadcasting Corporation)

Though it's concise, at 300 pages, the guide covers cyber issues, both personal and global, with easy-to-understand explanations and engaging stories. (The Charlotte Observer)

The pace of global digitization, and the widespread lack of understanding of related security risks, is a ticking time bomb ... If you don't know your asymmetric cryptography from your spear phishing, this is a thoughtful introduction. (Nature)

In short, this book is a genuine must-read for anyone interested in cyber security issues, regardless of their background or level of expertise. Singer and Friedman present a lucid, concise and highly informative breakdown of current cyber security matters and their implications at the global, state, corporate and individual levels. Aside from the highly informative arguments and evidence featured in this book, the style in which it is written allows it to appeal to both experts and newcomers to the subject of cyber security. We can say no more than this book is essential reading in the modern world. (Monitor)

About the Author

Peter W. Singer is a Senior Fellow and the Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. Allan Friedman is a Fellow in Governance Studies and Research Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (4 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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"Cybersecurity and Cyberwar" by P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman is an interesting book that brings all the latest information related to cyber terms that sound very cool though few people actually know what is going on, and what is just a myth that serves for people entertainment.

Both authors are experts in fields they discuss on their book pages therefore compliments they have already received for this work are not surprising; their work about the cyber world we are living in is easy to read and understand that presents interesting actual facts, together with some anecdotes and trivia that overall results in an well-made and organized book that will both teach and entertain you.

"Cybersecurity and Cyberwar" deals with cyber security matters in a way that it explains how something was made, why it is important to learn about it and when it comes to each of us which are counter measures that can be used to fight cyber villains. Their focus was on providing additional information about the cyber terms that surrounds us such as Stuxnet, questions from where and why computer viruses are coming, who and how is fighting against cyber criminals, how to protect ourselves not to become casualty of cyber war, and many others.

Therefore, Singer and Friedman managed to make a comprehensive overview of cyber security topics that can be advised for reading for all the people interested in these exciting topics that concern all of us, either globally or as regular users while spending much of our time online.
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The subject of Cyber Security can be a little dry at times - however I was pleasantly surprised when I started this book. The great writing style makes the book extremely readable. It assumes very little prior knowledge and explains quite technical aspects in a way that most readers will be able to understand easily.

The book is split into thirds - How it Works, Why it Matters and What can we do. Within these sections the narrative is split into short, interesting topics with numerous real life examples to illustrate the points. I found the discussion about cyber warfare - a difficult topic to find openly discussed - particularly interesting.

If you want to find out about the world of cyber security (and you really should) I can wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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Excellent insight into many of the issues surrounding cybersecurity in part 1 that is the bit that "everyone needs to know". The cyberwar element goes quite deep and the latter part of part 2 and early part of part 3 do drag a little - it becomes far from what "everyone needs to know" and more pointed towards strategists and governments, but it's worth persevering with some useful practical tips at the end.
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A very interesting read. As this is the only book that I have read related to Cyber security I don't really have any reference points to compare it to but it is very informative and gives some ideas as how the authors would like to see this industry take shape. There are some technical points in the book but not that many that you feel you are blinded with science. The question and answer format is also interesting. I think this book would appeal more to students, civil servants dealing with this sort of thing and cyber security professionals alike and also to people that are interested in this field although it doesn't really read like a story, more like a set of opinions and facts (a sort of commentary on the Cyber security world). I think that once I have read a few more books on the subject and am a little more knowledgeable I will re visit this book!
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excellent introductory book on cybersecurity. The book introduces relevant concepts, uses plenty of real world captivating stories to show the relevance of each threat.
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Just what i needed
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