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Publisher's Summary

In Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know®, New York Times best-selling author P. W. Singer and noted cyberexpert Allan Friedman team up to provide the kind of deeply informative resource book that has been missing on a crucial issue of 21st-century life. Written in a lively, accessible style, filled with engaging stories and illustrative anecdotes, the book is structured around the key question areas of cyberspace and its security: how it all works, why it all matters, and what we can do.

Along the way, they take listeners on a tour of the important (and entertaining) issues and characters of cybersecurity, from the Anonymous hacker group and the Stuxnet computer virus to the new cyberunits of the Chinese and US militaries. Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know® is the definitive account of the subject for us all, which comes not a moment too soon.

©2014 P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman (P)2016 Tantor

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"The timely book brings thoughtful, witty, and balanced analysis to this very important emerging discussion." ( The Atlantic)

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Let's hope there is not a sequel

This is my least enjoyable book from audible even including those I returned. The author seems lost interest in the subject early in the book feeling the pages with poorly connecting data to the main theme and he uses metaphors that are disjointed bringing added confusion rather than clarity.
By the time the end of the book the pages run on with filler as if to make a page quota. Add to this is a narrator whose sing song delivery is more fitting narrating a book on the joy of kite flying than what is supposed to be a serious subject.
This book is not the concise and crisp covering of the subject matter I hoped it would be.

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For those that don't know, that they don't know!!

if you are someone inclined in computer networking technology and understanding this book is actually pretty good as a reinforcement but not solely for you. This book is definitely designed for those people who if almost every chapter there's a point where they bring up something that you don't know then this book is definitely for you

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A job application for some government job?

What disappointed you about Cybersecurity and Cyberwar?

I started this book and was quickly disappointed with its lack of content. The first part gives the reader some random facts about the history of the internet and cybersecurity, some generic technical information and that was about it. I was not impressed but I kept going.

The second part of the book got me puzzled. How could the authors display such a poor understanding (or such a poor confidence) in the power of distributed architecture, open source software and basically everything that makes the Internet. I wouldn’t say it’s perfect but it’s not Armageddon everyday either. At that stage I felt I was in a Bruce Willis movie “It’s a DDOS attack, we’ll all gonna die”…. I went from being not impressed to feeling I was wasting my time but I kept going.

Then came the part where the authors make recommendations. In short, their solution is lots of government supervision, hire lots of people and spend lots of money. There is nothing in the book about how to manage risk. It is all about avoiding risk at all cost. There is no practical recommendations that organizations concerned with their bottom line can implement…. Then I gave up. I must admit I did not finish the book.

My only rational explanation is that this book is a job application by the authors to some government job.

Pascal,

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Good overview

A thorough look at the complexities of the cyber domain from many different angles. A well documented history of how we got to where we are with technology as well.

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Must read for all

This fills in the blanks for those seeking understanding of the cyber domain and cyber security.

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excellent overview of cyber security for us laymen

highly recommended for a birds eye view of personal cyber security. I recommend following the guidelines provided in the book to protect yourself. if you live on the internet, this is a great manual to use for protection guidance.

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Lots of good background and context

Mr Singer and Mr Friedman are incredibly thoughtful and thought provoking writers. This book introduces a great many policy conversations. I appreciate that the commentary is unbiased or at least presents both sides (private industry and public/regulatory) of the subjects discussed herein. Thank you Peter and Allan.

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from a cyber immigrant

well done. q/a format useful. topical organization literally provides a response to what anyone connected to the Internet needs to know.


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  • Chris
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  • 01-23-18

Great resource for all novice on Cyberspace

Though a long and at time meaty material, if you stick with it you will realize you have learned a great deal.
This book did a great job setting the foundation and building slightly on it.
Recommended for all who don’t know anything about cyberspace and cyber Warfare.

Lastly, significantly educates the common man/woman on what they need to do to be protected and safe using computers, internet and mobile devices.

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Brilliant!

Great narration and timely topic, very relevant to today's world as we grow more and more dependant on technology.

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  • A. Jackson
  • 02-23-16

A bit of backstory for the larger "cyber stories"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would only recommend this to someone looking for the backstory on alot of the larger "cyber" stories that have hit the headlines over the past few years

What did you like best about this story?

Told in a very competent manner, never too technically heavy, and only sometimes too light.

Any additional comments?

Overall, don't listen to this book expecting to come out with l33t hacking skills. They barely skim over the technical "how to" in passing. If you're looking for a technical manual, look else where.

But this does give you some of the back story, and elaborates further on matters such as StuxNet, and other headline grabbing cyber stories. If you're already well versed in InfoSec, you may not gain too much from this audiobook, but it acts as a good introduction.

I enjoyed it, and would recommend it with these caveats.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • JGS
  • 05-14-17

Great Cyber Summary

A couple of years old, but still a thorough summary of the cyber threat landscape. Great start point for anyone wanting to learn about the evolution of the internet and cyberspace, better understand the current issues and what we can expect in the near future.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-29-16

Useful guide for the non-technical reader

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A general, but fairly comprehensive, guide to the subject as implied by the title. Good narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-30-16

broad overview rather than techniques.

good historical perspective related to global issue and personal and corporate responsibility driven by national regulations.