In the post-industrial age, information is more valuable than territory and has become the main commodity influencing geopolitics today. The reliance of societies on cyberspace and information and communication technologies (ICTs) for economic prosperity and national security represents a new domain of human activity and conflict. Their potential as tools of social disruption and the low cost of entry of asymmetric conflict have forced a paradigm shift.
The Cyber Threat and Globalization is designed for students of security studies and international relations, as well as security professionals who want a better grasp of the nature and existential threat of today's information wars. It explains policies and concepts, as well as describes the threats posed to the U.S. by disgruntled employees, hacktivists, criminals, terrorists, and hostile governments.
*Special textboxes provide vignettes and case studies to illustrate key concepts.
*Opinion pieces, essays, and extended quotes from noted subject matter experts underscore the main ideas.
*Written to be accessible to students and the general public, concepts are clear, engaging, and highly practical.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 9 mm
Globalization and Cyber Security are both currently compelling topics. The first has been running for long enough to have acquired chameleon like characteristics making its consequences hard to interpret and the second, emerging somewhat later, but around for long enough to raise serious anxieties. The communications revolution which matured in the later 20th century has been the fundamental cause of these phenomena and this book makes that relationship very clear. In doing so, it creates a hitherto unfamiliar but vitally important context for linking and then learning about both. Such an achievement would be remarkable but less significant in its effect if it were not for the clarity and ingenuity of the book's presentation. This is a seriously useful contribution neatly and effectively aimed at the appropriate educational level and will be of great interest to a more general readership as well. -- Richard Langhorne, Director of the Center for Global Studies, University of Buckingham; former Director of the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge; former Director and Chief Executive of Wilton Park Executive Agency, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government;...
What does it mean to be secure in a hyper-connected world? This book takes you on a journey through history and illuminates the evolution of the Internet and our networked society and all that threatens it. The authors are able to unpack the complex nature of ever-evolving cyber threats, and provide an easy-to-read yet deeply informative interpretation of how our modern way of life, from national security to commerce to communication, is threatened by cyber insecurity. We are reminded of Aristotle's arguments that the state must assure the best interest of the community and then learn, page after page, about the depth of the policy, economic, social, and technological issues that entangle cyberspace and why so many different actors, especially China, Russia, and the United States, are trying to wield power, assert control, and gain economic, political, and military advantage in and through cyberspace. Knowing that history can inform the future, the authors present a well-researched overview of the next generation technologies that will continue to confound policy makers, statesmen, security practitioners, and military leaders, and destabilize our economies, democracies, and society writ large. This book provides a foundational understanding of how cyberspace has transformed the nature of national security, global conflict, and international relations, and will be relevant for years to come. -- Melissa Hathaway, President, Hathaway Global Strategies; former cyber advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama