By Ensign Alex Cornell du Houx, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Sept. 26, 2012
NEWPORT, R.I. – Derek S. Reveron, a professor with the national security affairs
(NSA) department and the EMC informationist chair at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) edited a new book, “Cyberspace and National Security: Threats, Opportunities, and Power in a Virtual World.”
The book, published by Georgetown University Press, brings together scholars, policy analysts and information technology executives to examine current and future threats to cyberspace.
“In a very short time cyberspace has changed the world and provided tremendous opportunities,” said Reveron. “At the same time individuals, subnational groups and governments are using cyberspace in a malicious manner to advance their interests. This book brings together a distinguished group of experts who examine the threats from all angles.”
The authors examine numerous approaches to the threats associated with cyberspace and discuss various ways to advance and defend national interests by contrasting the U.S. approach with those of Europeans, Russians and Chinese.
Nikolas Gvosdev, an NSA professor, authored a chapter on Russia’s cyber capabilities. He examines how the 2008 attack on Georgia included a major cyber-security component.
Gvosdev wrote, “In addition to a greater appreciation of how control of energy supplies as well as other economic and financial instruments can be wielded as tools of national power, there is a growing appreciation for what can be achieved in cyberspace.”
Chris Demchak, co-director of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies at the NWC, authored a chapter on how cyberwar is better described as a “cybered conflict,” as cyber-attacks have implications well beyond harming an opponent’s information technology network.
“The new normalcy of cybered conflict is its enduring potential for cascading unexpected outcomes anywhere across the deeply interconnected and complex critical systems of modern society,” wrote Demchak.
"Cyberspace and national security makes an impressive contribution to cyber scholarship with essays from leading academics and practitioners,” said Jason Healey, director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council and former policy director for cybersecurity at the White House, in a review for the publication. “Some essays survey the landscape in novel ways and others break new ground and provide excellent reading whether you are new to cyber statecraft issues or a long-time veteran."
Reveron specializes in strategy development, non-state security challenges, intelligence and American defense policy.
He serves as a senior editorial board member for the National Intelligence Journal, is an editorial board member of the Naval War College Review
and is a contributing editor to the New Atlanticist, the blog for the Atlantic Council of the United States.
Edited and posted by Dan Marciniak
Note: The views expressed in this book are the authors' own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Naval War College, the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense, or any other branch or agency of the U.S. Government.