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Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Next Information Age

Richard M. Harrison and Trey Herr
Rowman and Littlefield
October 2016

Growing dependence on cyberspace for commerce, communication, governance, and military operations has left society vulnerable to a multitude of security threats. Accounting for these new challenges presents a series of thorny public policy problems. In this volume, academics, practitioners, and former service members come together to highlight sixteen of the most pressing contemporary challenges and to offer recommendations for the future. They provide insight for the debate over cybersecurity policy and offer readers a tempered sense of the fragility embedded in our core technologies. The book provides background and recommendations to help mitigate the threats of tomorrow while serving to inform the policies being shaped today.

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Distinguishing Features

  • ​The book is structured as an agenda for readers and policymakers with a combination of background and topic focused deep-dive material.
  • Each chapter offers a “chapter highlights” section outlining the main themes and takeaways.
  • Each chapter also offers particular recommendations to policymakers with respect to the chapter’s content.
  • The contributors in these pages are subject matter experts representing a wide variety of academic and policy institutions; one chapter author (Dr. Herbert Lin) is a member of President Obama’s distinguished 12-person Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.
  • The book combines the work of experts from a variety of think tanks around Washington, D.C. including the American Foreign Policy Council, New America, RAND, the Atlantic Council, and Center for a New American Security.

Related Categories: Russia; China; Information and Cyberwarfare; Defense Technology Program

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