This book will raise awareness on emerging challenges of AIempowered cyber arms used in weapon systems and stockpiled in the global cyber arms race. Based on real life events, it provides a comprehensive analysis of cyber offensive and defensive landscape, analyses the cyber arms evolution from prank malicious codes into lethal weapons of mass destruction, reveals the scale of cyber offensive conflicts, explores cyber warfare mutation, warns about cyber arms race escalation and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for military purposes. It provides an expert insight into the current and future malicious and destructive use of the evolved cyber arms, AI and robotics, with emphasis on cyber threats to CBRNe and critical infrastructure.
The book highlights international efforts in regulating the cyber environment, reviews the best practices of the leading cyber powers and their controversial approaches, recommends responsible state behaviour. It also proposes information security and cyber defence solutions and provides definitions for selected conflicting cyber terms. The disruptive potential of cyber tools merging with military weapons is examined from the technical point of view, as well as legal, ethical, and political perspectives.
Table of Contents
1. Cyber offence landscape. 2. Cyber defence and countermeasures. 3. Future challenges. 4. Conclusion.
Stanislav ABAIMOV is a PhD researcher in Cyber Security and Electronic Engineering in the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. He has earned a degree of MSc in Information Security, Royal Holloway, University of London, an Academic Center of Excellence in Cyber Security, certified by EPSRC and GCHQ. He is also a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics, faculty of “Automated Systems and Informatics in Control Systems”.
During his Master Studies Stanislav conducted his research in the field of Advanced Persistent Threat, security testing, digital forensics, and cyber warfare and defence. His Ph.D. research focuses on CBRNe cyber security and Industrial Control Systems in Critical Infrastructure. Stanislav is supporting research in SCADA systems in CBRNe and Critical Infrastructure, ICS malware and his interests vary from cyber security in ICSs and Autonomous Weapons Systems to Wireless Communications, Threat Modelling, Network Analysis, and Cyber Defence.
Professor Marizio MARTELLINI, State University Of Insubria, Como, Italy. Expert in non-proliferation and disarmament issues, CBRNe safety and security. He co-authors publications as well as specific Case Studies. He is Associate Professor of theoretical Physics, holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Pavia and has been Senior Scholar at the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs on International Security program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, US. His fields of Research and Analysis include also cyber security of nuclear infrastructures, global scientists engagement, edging technologies with dual use purpose, science and engineering diplomacy; and CBRN education and awareness. He has also been Consultant of Italian MFA and Team Leader or Key Expert in several EU CBRN CoE projects.
"Given the number of books addressing cyber threats, discovering a new threat type is difficult. Nevertheless, this book succeeds in doing so: cyber attacks enhanced by artificial intelligence. In the authors’ parlance, we are currently experiencing an artificial intelligence arms race. Cyber warfare between machines driven by artificial intelligence is coming. The later chapters of the book cite actual artificial intelligence programs underway in China, Europe, elsewhere in Asia, and in the US—complete with budgets and mission statements. Though this research has profound social and cultural consequences, Abaimov (Univ. of Rome) and Martellini (Univ. of Insubria, Como) focus on the consequences for cybersecurity. Ultimately the best defense against artificial intelligence attacks is more powerful forms of artificial intelligence. The book ends with a fascinating suggestion: unplugging computer networks from the internet and guarding portals with artificial intelligence may be the best available defense."
— J. A. Stever, emeritus, University of Cincinnati, Choice, July 2021