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Understanding Cyber Warfare


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. From Bytes to Fights: The Technological Foundations of Insecurity in the Digital Age

3. Cyberspace and International Relations

4. Exploitation: From Signals Intelligence to Cyber Warriors

5. Attack: From Exploitation to Offensive Cyber Operations

6. A Brief History of Major Cyber Conflict Episodes

7. States at Cyberwar: The Dynamics of Interstate Cyber Interactions

8. Cyber Conflict as 'Not War'

9. Non-State Actors: Terrorism, Subversion and Activism Online

10. National Experiences with Cyber-Security: Realization and Institutional Development

11. Norms, Ethics and International Law for Offensive Cyber Operations

12. The Future of Cyber Conflict

About the Author

Christopher Whyte is an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. Brian Mazanec is a Professor at Missouri State University's Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, USA. He is the author of The Evolution of Cyber War (2015) and co-author of Deterring Cyber Warfare (2014).


'This book is an important summary and tour-de-force of historical and contemporary Cyber issues. It is a go-to comprehensive reference for both students and policymakers interested in perhaps the most transcendent strategic topic of our time. The authors of this book have captured the core essence and components of this story.'--Admiral William O. Studeman USN (Ret.), Former Director NSA and Deputy Director CIA

'This book is an absolute must-read for anyone looking to learn more about the critically important threat of cyber warfare. This text helps prepare readers for how to think about the historical, technical, and strategic context of conflict in this emerging new domain.'--Samantha F. Ravich, Chair, Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab, and Principal Investigator, Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare Project

'This remarkable effort represents the true first textbook of cyber conflict. The volume avoids the hype and bluster of the typical comprehensive accounts to accurately survey the issues, facts, and problems inherent in the cyber domain. A sure must-adopt for anyone teaching a cyber-security course.'--Brandon Valeriano, Donald Bren Chair of Armed Politics, Marine Corps University, USA

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