2nd Edition

Cybersecurity Ethics An Introduction

By Mary Manjikian Copyright 2023
    284 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This textbook offers an accessible introduction to the topic of cybersecurity ethics. The second edition has been revised and updated, and contains new chapters on social justice, AI, and Big Data.

    The book is split into three parts. Part I provides an introduction to the field of ethics, philosophy, and philosophy of science, three ethical frameworks – virtue ethics, utilitarian ethics, and communitarian ethics – and the notion of ethical hacking. Part II applies these frameworks to particular issues within the field of cybersecurity, including privacy rights, surveillance, and intellectual property. The third part concludes by exploring current codes of ethics used in cybersecurity, with chapters on artificial intelligence, social diversity, Big Data, and cyberwarfare. The overall aims of the book are to:

    • Provide ethical frameworks to aid decision-making
    • Present the key ethical issues in relation to computer security
    • Highlight the connection between values and beliefs and the professional code of ethics

    The textbook also includes three different features to aid students: "Going Deeper" features provide background on individuals, events, and institutions in cybersecurity; "Critical Issues" features contemporary case studies; and "Tech Talks" contain features that assume some familiarity with technological developments.

    The book will be of much interest to students of cybersecurity, cyberethics, hacking, surveillance studies, ethics, and information science.

    Part I

    1. What is Ethics?

    2. Three Ethical Frameworks

    3. The Ethical Hacker

    Part II

    4. The Problem of Privacy

    5. The Problem of Surveillance

    6. The Problems of Intellectual Property

    Part III

    7. Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

    8. Cybersecurity, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    9. Big Data and the Ethics of Cybersecurity

    10. Military Aspects of Cybersecurity Ethics


    Mary Manjikian is Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, Regent University in Virginia Beach, USA, and a professor in the Fleet Seminar Program for the US Naval War College. She is the author of several books, including, most recently, Introduction to Cyber Politics and Policy (2020), and is co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Global Cyber-Strategy (2021).

    ‘This book is a rich and valuable resource for students to learn more about non-technical aspects of cybersecurity.’

    Markus Christen,

    Managing Director, Digital Society Initiative, University of Zurich, Switzerland

    ‘The authoritative text on cybersecurity ethics, covering a wide selection of topics including privacy, intellectual property theft, artificial intelligence and big data. This is a terrific resource for students in Europe and beyond.’

    Max Smeets

    , ETH Zurich, Center for Security Studies (CSS) and Director of European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative

    'A comprehensive tour de force in cybersecurity ethics. This illuminating book weaves together ethical frameworks that address the evolving nature of some of the most complicated cyber issues in the 21st century. Are we prepared to understand and respond to the ethical challenges that continue to emerge across cyber domains and technological advances? The author addresses these challenges head on and this book will prove to be an excellent resource to those who wish to advance their understanding of cybersecurity ethics.'

    William Travis Morris, Director, Norwich University Peace and War Center, USA

    'This book is relevant and accessible, providing clear definitions and real-world examples connecting theory and practice. Computational and communications technologies continue to evolve and transform daily life and military operations, and also conceptions of peace and war, identity, and agency. Dr. Manjikian’s text proceeds from a premise that is now widely recognized: the design and use of cyber-related technologies are value-laden activities. This book promotes the kind of critical thinking and discussion about cyber and information warfare that we need in military and civilian classrooms today.'

    Karen Guttieri,  Army Cyber Institute at West Point, USA

    Praise for the 1st edition:

    'This book is a bold and innovative synthesis of thinking from diverse yet interlinked disciplines. It is vital reading for scholars, policymakers, security professionals and organizational leaders. Manjikian's explication of the ACM Code of Ethics shows why it is a foundational concept for cybersecurity.'

    Steven Metz, U.S. Army War College, USA

    ‘As cyber conflict, espionage and crime increasingly challenge nations and their citizens, Manjikian's Cybersecurity Ethics provides a comprehensive and needed addition to the cyber literature cannon. This work constitutes a robust framework for decisions and actions in cyberspace and is essential reading for policymakers, practitioners, and students engaging the field of cybersecurity.’

    Aaron F. Brantly, Army Cyber Institute, United States Military Academy, West Point

    'Mary Manjikian’s introduction to cybersecurity ethics nicely links philosophy to practical cyber concerns of students, corporate and government information managers, and even cyber warriors. Complicated concepts are easy to understand and relevant to personal decision-making.' J

    John A. Gentry, Georgetown University, USA

    'Dr Manjikian has done a masterful job of outlining ethical standards to the constantly evolving cybersecurity domain. This book is a vital reference for those who are concerned with ethics related to hacking, privacy, surveillance, and cyberwarfare in an ever changing virtual environment that transcends boundaries and cultures and challenges the traditional ways that humans have dealt with each other. Ground-breaking and should be required reading for any serious cybersecurity professional.'

    Keith Dayton, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Germany

    'A great introductory text to complex conceptual and practical issues in cybersecurity.'

    Heather Roff, Arizona State University, USA

    'Mary Manjikian's excellent textbook, Cybersecurity Ethics, delivers an eminently readable perspective for the experienced professional as well as a casual cyberspace consumer. ...Overall, Cybersecurity Ethics excellently fulfills the stated goal to provide an ethical framework and illustrate several current issues regarding cybersecurity through a new textbook. The construction was splendid, material assembled coherently, and sources presented thoroughly and accurately. This book is an excellent introduction to ethical processes associated with cyberspace.'

    Mark Peters, Strategic Studies Quarterly

    'Cybersecurity Ethics is a comprehensive and timely textbook that offers to help educate members to understand the ethics of current and imagined future technologies and their applications.'

    Darren Cronshaw, The Cove, USA