The Basics of Cyber Warfare

The Basics of Cyber Warfare

Understanding the Fundamentals of Cyber Warfare in Theory and Practice

1st Edition - November 16, 2012

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  • Authors: Steve Winterfeld, Jason Andress
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124051812
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124047372

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The Basics of Cyber Warfare provides readers with fundamental knowledge of cyber war in both theoretical and practical aspects. This book explores the principles of cyber warfare, including military and cyber doctrine, social engineering, and offensive and defensive tools, tactics and procedures, including computer network exploitation (CNE), attack (CNA) and defense (CND). Readers learn the basics of how to defend against espionage, hacking, insider threats, state-sponsored attacks, and non-state actors (such as organized criminals and terrorists). Finally, the book looks ahead to emerging aspects of cyber security technology and trends, including cloud computing, mobile devices, biometrics and nanotechnology. The Basics of Cyber Warfare gives readers a concise overview of these threats and outlines the ethics, laws and consequences of cyber warfare. It is a valuable resource for policy makers, CEOs and CIOs, penetration testers, security administrators, and students and instructors in information security.

Key Features

  • Provides a sound understanding of the tools and tactics used in cyber warfare
  • Describes both offensive and defensive tactics from an insider's point of view
  • Presents doctrine and hands-on techniques to understand as cyber warfare evolves with technology


Information Security professionals, hackers, penetration testers, systems administrators, CIOs, as well as information security students.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    Author Biography


    Book Overview and Key Learning Points

    Book Audience

    How this Book is Organized


    Chapter 1. Cyber Threatscape

    How Did We Get Here?

    Attack Methodology Plus Tools/Techniques Used

    Attackers (The Types of Threats)

    How Most Organizations Defend Today (Defensive Mountain Range)?

    Targeted Capabilities (What We Should be Defending)



    Chapter 2. Cyberspace Battlefield Operations

    What is Cyber Warfare?

    Cyber War—Hype or Reality

    Boundaries in Cyber Warfare

    Where Cyber Fits in the War-Fighting Domains



    Chapter 3. Cyber Doctrine

    Current US Doctrine

    Sample Doctrine / Strategy From Around the World

    Some Key Military Principles that Must be Adapted to Cyber Warfare



    Chapter 4. Tools and Techniques

    Logical Weapons

    Physical Weapons



    Chapter 5. Offensive Tactics and Procedures

    Computer Network Exploitation

    Computer Network Attack



    Chapter 6. Psychological Weapons

    Social Engineering Explained

    How the Military Approaches Social Engineering

    How the Military Defends against Social Engineering



    Chapter 7. Defensive Tactics and Procedures

    What We Protect

    Security Awareness and Training

    Defending Against Cyber Attacks



    Chapter 8. Challenges We Face

    Cybersecurity Issues defined

    Interrelationship of Cybersecurity Issues

    Way Ahead



    Chapter 9. Where is Cyber Warfare Headed?

    Technology-Based Trends

    Policy-Based Trends

    How to Defend in Today’s Contested Virtual Environment




Product details

  • No. of pages: 164
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2012
  • Published: November 16, 2012
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124051812
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124047372

About the Authors

Steve Winterfeld

Steve Winterfeld (CISSP, PMP, SANS GSEC, Six Sigma) has a strong technical and leadership background in Cybersecurity, Military Intelligence, Certification & Accreditation (C&A), Simulations and Project Management.

Affiliations and Expertise

(CISSP, PMP, SANS GSEC, Six Sigma) has a strong technical and leadership background in Cybersecurity and Military Intelligence.

Jason Andress

Jason Andress (CISSP, ISSAP, CISM, GPEN) is a seasoned security professional with a depth of experience in both the academic and business worlds. Presently he carries out information security oversight duties, performing penetration testing, risk assessment, and compliance functions to ensure that critical assets are protected. Jason has taught undergraduate and graduate security courses since 2005 and holds a doctorate in computer science, researching in the area of data protection. He has authored several publications and books, writing on topics including data security, network security, penetration testing, and digital forensics.

Affiliations and Expertise


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