Encyclopedia of Cyber Warfare
by Paul J. Springer, Editor
July 2017, 379pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4424-9
$98, £73, 85€, A133
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According to Time magazine, the U.S. government was the target of 61,000 cyber-security breaches in 2014 alone.

This definitive reference resource on cyber warfare covers all aspects of this headline topic, providing historical context of cyber warfare and an examination its rapid development into a potent technological weapon of the 21st century.

Today, cyber warfare affects everyone—from governments that need to protect sensitive political and military information, to businesses small and large that stand to collectively lose trillions of dollars each year to cyber crime, to individuals whose privacy, assets, and identities are subject to intrusion and theft. The problem is monumental and growing exponentially.

Encyclopedia of Cyber Warfare provides a complete overview of cyber warfare, which has been used with increasing frequency in recent years by such countries as China, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Russia, and the United States. Readers will gain an understanding of the origins and development of cyber warfare and of how it has become a major strategic element in warfare for countries throughout the world. The encyclopedia’s entries cover all of the most significant cyber attacks to date, including the Stuxnet worm that successfully disabled centrifuges in Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment facility; the attack on Israel’s internet infrastructure during its January 2009 military offensive in the Gaza Strip; the worldwide “Red October” cyber attack that stole information from embassies, research firms, military installations, and nuclear and other energy infrastructures; and cyber attacks on private corporations like Sony.


  • Provides comprehensive coverage of the major individuals, organizations, impacts, and issues related to cyber warfare that enables readers to better understanding of the impact of cyber warfare on modern conflicts
  • Includes a detailed chronology that documents the evolution and use of cyber warfare over the past few decades
  • Supplies further readings and a lengthy bibliography that offer a wealth of options to students conducting extensive research on the subject
Paul J. Springer is full professor of comparative military studies and chair of the Department of Research and Publications at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. His published work includes America's Captives: Treatment of POWs from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror; Praeger's Outsourcing War to Machines: The Military Robotics Revolution; ABC-CLIO's Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook and Cyber Warfare: A Reference Handbook; and Transforming Civil War Prisons: Lincoln, Lieber, and the Laws of War. Springer holds a doctorate in military history from Texas A&M University and is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.


2018 Top Ten Reference—Booklist, May 15, 2018


"Written by both academics and members of the military and edited by a professor at a military college, this encyclopedia provides an excellent review of this sensitive topic. . . . Readers will be able to understand how cyberattacks happen, who may be responsible, and how such attacks can be prevented. In addition, the work provides an analysis of major nations involved in cyberwarfare, including the U.S., Russia, Israel, China, and North Korea. Cyberwarfare involves an everchanging array of people, companies, and software, and this is the best overview of the field currently available."—Booklist, Starred Review, November 1, 2017

"The entries are clear and jargon free and include further reading. . . . A solid reference."—Library Journal, October 15, 2017

"The volume includes a list of entries, guide to related topics, a section of primary documents, a chronology, and an extensive bibliography section at the end of the volume, enhancing its value and usability for research and ready reference. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. All levels."—Choice, December 1, 2017

"This reader-friendly book captures the essence of the remarkable world of computer networks and the advanced persistent threat (APT) and offers captivating reading for students, academics, government agencies, and curious readers. Public, private, and university libraries will consider this contribution an essential resource as will anyone working to secure cyber assets and prevent innovative forms of espionage, terror, or criminality."—ARBAonline, December 6, 2017
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