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Much in America changed on September 11, 2001.
One of those changes was the language of discourse in our public dialog about war and terrorism. But few realize that a robust and detailed body of law and policy lies behind that dialog. This new guide will demystify that law and policy by providing the necessary legal background and context for journalists and others who want to understand ongoing policy debates.

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Defining IdeasCybersecurity, An Introduction
By Paul Rosenzweig

This is our next great policy challenge.

Editor's note: This essay is the first in a series of three articles by the author about cybersecurity and cyber warfare.

Hardly a day goes by without news of some new cyber attack or intrusion that causes widespread distress. On the day I started writing this article, for example, the hacker group Anonymous announced what it called "Military Meltdown Monday," a large-scale hack of the IT system of Booz Allen, a major federal military contractor. The next day, there was a malware attack targeted at Frenchmen celebrating Bastille Day...

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Defining IdeasFrom Worms to Cyber War
By Paul Rosenzweig

In just a generation, viruses went from being a novelty to a worldwide threat.

Editor's note: This article is the second in a series of three articles about cybersecurity and cyberwarfare that will be published periodically in Defining Ideas. The first article, Cybersecurity: An Introduction, can be found at the following link.

The first known virus ever to infect a personal computer was named “Brain.A.” It was developed (dare we say invented?) by two Pakistani brothers Basit and Amjad Alvi. We know this because, amusingly, they signed their work and included contact information in the code of the virus. Brain.A was first detected in January 1986, just over 25 years ago. In its initial form, the virus did no significant harm. It renamed a volume label (in effect a file name) to “Brain” and could freeze a computer....

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Defining IdeasBeware of Cyber China
By Paul Rosenzweig

How should we define an “act of war” in the virtual world of the internet?

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of articles about cybersecurity and cyber warfare that will be published periodically in Defining Ideas. Earlier articles in the series are available here.

Cyberspace is awash in vulnerabilities. Actors in the cyber domain are wise to protect against crime, espionage, and hacktivist intrusions. But while those vulnerabilities are all too real, they are not driving the policy debate today in Washington. Instead, what seems to have seized the imagination of so many is the prospect of a true cyberwar.

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American Bar AssociationNational Security Experts Discuss Need for Cybersecurity Cooperation
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The nation’s defense secrets are stolen by hackers working out of an Internet café in Seoul, South Korea and auctioned to the highest bidder. Millions lose power for more than a week during a heat wave due to an invasive computer program that targets electric utilities. The names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of company employees are stolen by organized crime.

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Endorsements

"On a recent flight, I read "Cyber Warfare" by Paul Rosenzweig. Wonderful book. Couldn't put down. Great legal analysis."
Richard Bejtlich, Chief Security Officer, Mandiant Corporation

 

 

"Paul Rosenzweig is uniquely qualified to write about our need for the better use of data. Cyber Warfare asks critically important questions about how we can best optimize both security and privacy in a world of increasing threats and information availability."
David A. Hoffman, Group Counsel and Director of Security and Privacy Policy. Intel Corporation

 

 

"Paul Rosenzweig's Cyber Warfare is a comprehensive, insightful, and clear explanation of how the world of cyber has evolved from a simple tool of communication and data storage into a fundamental domain of global security. Policy makers and citizens alike will find this volume stimulating and startling."
Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

 

 

"From his extensive experience in legal policy and homeland security, Paul Rosenzweig is in a unique position to explain the immediate challenge that cyber warfare presents to America and our allies. In his book on this subject, he provides a comprehensive analysis of the imminent challenge and an incisive commentary on what must be done to protect the nation against this increasing threat."
Edwin Meese III, former US Attorney General

 

 

“Paul was a tremendous resource for the House Intelligence Committee as we crafted our Cyber legislation, and his expertise shows through in this excellent book. His book clearly describes the tangled web of technical, legal, and policy issues that complicate our nation’s response to the daunting, advanced cyber threats we face today. It will serve as a vital resource for anyone trying to understand this critical issue.”
Representative Mike Rogers, Chairman, U.S. House Permanent Select Committee onIntelligence

 

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