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Cybersecurity: Politics, Governance and Conflict in Cyberspace



Cybersecurity: Politics, Governance and Conflict in Cyberspace

Damien Van Puyvelde, Aaron F. Brantly

ISBN: 978-1-509-52813-4 August 2019 Polity 224 Pages

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In the last decade, the proliferation of billions of new Internet-enabled devices and users has significantly expanded concerns about cybersecurity.  But should we believe the prophets of cyber war or worry about online government surveillance?  Are such security concerns real, exaggerated or just poorly understood?

In this comprehensive text, Damien Van Puyvelde and Aaron F. Brantly provide a cutting-edge introduction to the key concepts, controversies and policy debates in cybersecurity.  Exploring the interactions of individuals, groups and states in cyberspace, and the integrated security risks to which these give rise, they examine cyberspace as a complex socio-technical-economic domain that fosters both great potential and peril.

Structured around ten chapters, the book explores the complexities and challenges of cybersecurity using case studies – from the Morris Worm and Titan Rain to BlackEnergy and the Cyber Caliphate – to highlight the evolution of attacks that can exploit and damage individual systems and critical infrastructures.  With questions for group discussion and suggestions for further reading throughout, Cybersecurity will be essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the challenges and opportunities presented by the continued expansion of cyberspace.


Figures, Tables and Boxes      

1    The expanding scope of cybersecurity                            
2    What is cyberspace?                                       
3    Governing cyberspace                                      
4    Cyber capabilities and insecurity                                    
5    National cybersecurity and strategy                             
6    Cyber war                                      
7    Non-state threats: from cybercrime to terrorism                      
8    Organizing deterrence and defense in cyberspace
9    Cybersecurity and democracy                               
10       The futures of cybersecurity                                

"There has been a long unmet need for an introductory text to issues around cybersecurity for non-technologists, and this book not only meets that need, but exceeds expectations.  The overview of the threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences of cyber attacks and intrusions is addressed not at the level of bits and bytes, but of governments, citizens, companies, and organizations.  Brantley and Van Puyvelde are well equipped to offer this insight and analysis, and do so in an accessible and comprehensive way.  I remain very impressed with the book’s ability to balance big narratives about challenges and incentives with small discrete episodes and cases that illustrates such big themes - giving readers both good impressions of the environment as well as concrete examples to focus their thinking."
Brian Nussbaum, University at Albany, SUNY

Cybersecurity is an impressive and comprehensive volume of original insights that will become a guiding resource in the field. There is no better text for those starting out in the field or those looking for a refresher.”
Brandon Valeriano, Bren Chair of Armed Politics at the Marine Corps University

“Finally a book that brings order to cyberchaos in a systematic and informative way. Van Puyvelde and Brantly’s dual focus on technology and politics shows how these two driving forces shape contemporary cybersecurity.”
Myriam Dunn Cavelty, Senior Lecturer and Deputy for Research and Teaching at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich