Cyber Warfare – Truth, Tactics, and Strategies
Book written by Chase Cunningham
Book review by Rick Howard
Good niche book, I don't recommend this nonfiction book for the Cybersecurity Canon Hall of Fame, but if you are interested in the topic, this is a good one to read.
I've known the author of this book, Dr. Chase Cunningham, for a number of years now. When the Canon project was just getting started, the committee chose his graphic novels "The Cynja: Volume 1," and "Code of the Cynja: Volume 2" as Hall of Fame candidates because they were perfect books for that budding hacker teenager you might have in your family. But the audience for this book, "Cyber Warfare –Truth, Tactics and Strategies" is the professional security practitioner.
The book's title is a bit of a misnomer. It's not really about Cyber Warfare per se, although Dr. Cunningham does mention the origin of the APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) term. You won't find any details about how adversary groups from Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and the U.S. pursue their continuous-low-level-cyber-conflict operations; cyber harassment for espionage, influence operations, and even some destruction in the 2010s and into the 2020s.
The book is really about network defender strategic planning to deal with those threats in the future. He makes the case that perimeter defense is dead and we should all be thinking about edge security. When I interviewed him for my podcast on the Cyberwire network, he said that technologies like SASE and Software Defined Perimeter were the future and I wholeheartedly agree with him.
That said, it's not a must read. There are a lot of interesting ideas here and Dr. Cunningham has been doing this a long time and his insights are always worth considering.
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