May 31, 2011

America’s Cyber Future: Security and Prosperity in the Information Age

This study was co-chaired by Robert E. Kahn, Mike McConnell, Joseph S. Nye, Jr. and Peter Schwartz, and edited by Kristin M. Lord and Travis Sharp.

America’s growing dependence on cyberspace has created new vulnerabilities that are being exploited as fast as or faster than the nation can respond. Cyber attacks can cause economic damage, physical destruction, and even the loss of human life. They constitute a serious challenge to U.S. national security and demand greater attention from American leaders.

Despite productive efforts by the U.S. government and the private sector to strengthen cyber security, the increasing sophistication of cyber threats continues to outpace progress. To help U.S. policymakers address the growing danger of cyber insecurity, this two-volume report features accessible and insightful chapters on cyber security strategy, policy, and technology by some of the world’s leading experts on international relations, national security, and information technology.

Volume I

America’s Cyber Future: Security and Prosperity in the Information Age

By Kristin Lord and Travis Sharp

Volume II

Note: Chapters are bookmarked within the Table of Contents.

  • Chapter I: Power and National Security in Cyberspace
    By Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
  • Chapter II: Cyber Insecurities: The 21st Century Threatscape
    By Mike McConnell
  • Chapter III: Separating Threat from the Hype: What Washington Needs to Know about Cyber Security
    By Gary McGraw and Nathaniel Fick
  • Chapter IV: Cyberwar and Cyber Warfare
    By Thomas G. Mahnken
  • Chapter V: Non-State Actors and Cyber Conflict
    By Gregory J. Rattray and Jason Healey
  • Chapter VI: Cultivating International Cyber Norms
    By Martha Finnemore
  • Chapter VII: Cyber Security Governance: Existing Structures, International Approaches and the Private Sector
    By David A. Gross, Nova J. Daly, M. Ethan Lucarelli and Roger H. Miksad
  • Chapter VIII: Why Privacy and Cyber Security Clash
    By James A. Lewis
  • Chapter IX: Internet Freedom and Its Discontents: Navigating the Tensions with Cyber Security
    By Richard Fontaine and Will Rogers
  • Chapter X: The Unprecedented Economic Risks of Network Insecurity
    By Christopher M. Schroeder
  • Chapter XI: How Government Can Access Innovative Technology
    By Daniel E. Geer, Jr.
  • Chapter XII: The Role of Architecture in Internet Defense
    By Robert E. Kahn
  • Chapter XIII: Scenarios for the Future of Cyber Security
    By Peter Schwartz


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    Peter Schwartz is an internationally renowned futurist and business strategist, specializing in scenario planning and working with corporations, governments, and institutions ...

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