Cyber Warfare - 1 James Francis MWF 12-12:50 Cyber Warfare:...

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1 James Francis MWF 12-12:50 Cyber Warfare: A Hidden Threat In all of known history, whenever new technologies or tactics are developed in warfare they are developed to more efficiently kill the enemy while trying to save their own men. For example, the phalanx in ancient Greece, firearms in renaissance Europe, machine guns in World War One, and nuclear weapons. In a book titled Cyber Warfare: The Next Threat To National Security and What To Do About It authors Richard Clarke and Robert Knake introduce the newest development in warfare, Cyber Warfare. In the book, Clarke and Knake discuss the various ways to use Cyber Warfare, the possible implications of using Cyber Warfare, and they propose defensive strategies to protect against Cyber attack. The author’s state in the introduction that the reason they wrote this book was to inform the public of this new technology and to teach them about the problems and show them solutions to these problems 1 . This paper will deal with analyzing the problems and solutions that the authors put forward in their book. In this modern age many people in the world are connected, not physically or emotionally but electronically via the internet. This leaves everyone in the world, including governments, vulnerable to attacks that come from cyberspace. Governments may be aware of this problem but shockingly most people have never heard of cyber warfare even though it has already occurred. The authors mention several times that cyber warfare was used for instance, the Israelis used it against the Syrians before bombing their nuclear plant and the Russians used it against the Estonians to try and manage the civil unrest that was occurring there 2 . Even though these attacks have occurred many people have never heard of Cyber Warfare, the inherent problem with this is 1 Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake, Cyber War , (Harpercollins, New York 2010), x-xiv 2 Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake, Cyber War , (Harpercollins, New York 2010), 1-4
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2 that if people do not know of something then they can’t do anything about it. An example of this could be cyber war that is much like “bullying” in which larger, or more developed, states could more easily attack smaller, or less developed states. If the people of either state were not aware of this “bullying” then they wouldn’t be able speak out against it. This concept of modern people
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