on 19 January 2013
The tagline of this book is "Techniques, tactics and Tools for Security Practitioners". This definitely doesn't accurately portray the content. It would appear that they just put words on the front that would entice people. It definitely isnt written for security practitioners. If you know nothing about computer security at all then this would be a reasonably good start toward an introduction to some of the core areas.
The book spends a fair bit of time on different government policy toward cyber attack and defence, without providing any real core facts. It doesn't cover the topic of as well as the similarly named Cyber War by Richard Clarke, which is cheaper and probably a more enjoyable read. Personally i found this as fun to read as a text book but without containing many facts, and definitely none that I will take away with me. I really feel that this book was just to cash in on the term "Cyber Warfare".
on 18 July 2011
I found this book an excellent overview of the latest area of warfare. In an analytical, and still very readable, manner it takes us through the definition of cyber warfare, how it fits into military doctrine (mostly US, but also a bit on other countries) as well as how it is executed (both with logical and physical means). It also covers the legal and ethical views on this type of conflict.
This is not a handbook on the technical details of waging cyber warfare though. While it touches on tools and techniques it does not go into much details on them, which in my view is something good. There are a lot of other books covering the technical parts in much more detail, but very few which puts it all together with the strategic and legal aspects.
Buy this book if you want a concise overview of the field without getting bogged down into details. If you want those it provides you with a good starting point for your further readings.