Cyber Threat
The Rise of Information Geopolitics in U.S. National Security
by Chris Bronk
February 2016, 232pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3498-1
$85, £66, 74€, A117
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Why is cyber security now so important, and how did it become so?

This book presents a holistic view of the geopolitics of cyberspace that have arisen over the past decade, utilizing recent events to explain the international security dimension of cyber threat and vulnerability, and to document the challenges of controlling information resources and protecting computer systems.

How are the evolving cases of cyber attack and breach as well as the actions of government and corporations shaping how cyberspace is governed? What object lessons are there in security cases such as those involving Wikileaks and the Snowden affair? An essential read for practitioners, scholars, and students of international affairs and security, this book examines the widely pervasive and enormously effective nature of cyber threats today, explaining why cyber attacks happen, how they matter, and how they may be managed.

The book addresses a chronology of events starting in 2005 to comprehensively explain the international security dimension of cyber threat and vulnerability. It begins with an explanation of contemporary information technology, including the economics of contemporary cloud, mobile, and control systems software as well as how computing and networking—principally the Internet—are interwoven in the concept of cyberspace. Author Chris Bronk, PhD, then documents the national struggles with controlling information resources and protecting computer systems. The book considers major security cases such as Wikileaks, Stuxnet, the cyber attack on Estonia, Shamoon, and the recent exploits of the Syrian Electronic Army. Readers will understand how cyber security in the 21st century is far more than a military or defense issue, but is a critical matter of international law, diplomacy, commerce, and civil society as well.


  • Provides relevant, rigorous information to those in the computer security field while also being accessible to a general audience of policy, international security, and military readers who seek to understand the cyber security issue and how it has evolved
  • Documents how contemporary society is dependent upon cyberspace for its function, and that the understanding of how it works and how it can be broken is knowledge held by a precious few
  • Informs both technically savvy readers who build and maintain the infrastructure of cyberspace and the policymakers who develop rules, processes, and laws on how the cyber security problem is managed
Chris Bronk, PhD, is assistant professor of computer and information systems and associate director of the Center for Information Security Research and Education at the University of Houston's College of Technology. He holds additional appointments in Rice University's Department of Computer Science and the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. His research is focused in the area of cyber geopolitics with additional work in organizational innovation, knowledge management, and intelligence studies. Previously, Bronk has been the fellow for information technology policy at Rice University's Baker Institute, a software developer in a technology startup, and a Foreign Service officer. In addition to significant work in the cyber security area, Bronk has published on issues including broadband and wifi policy, IT sector energy consumption, intelligence and information-sharing issues, and the area of computer security in the energy industry.


"The arguments within the book are clear and powerful. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. All readers."—Choice, September 1, 2016

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