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Global Information Warfare

The New Digital Battlefield, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Andrew Jones, Gerald L. Kovacich

Auerbach Publications

363 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

Choice Award Winner
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Since the turn of the century much has happened in politics, governments, spying, technology, global business, mobile communications, and global competition on national and corporate levels. These sweeping changes have nearly annihilated privacy anywhere in the world and have also affected how global information warfare is waged and what must be done to counter its attacks.

In light of increased attacks since 2002, Global Information Warfare: The New Digital Battlefield, Second Edition provides a critical update on the nature and approaches to global information warfare. It focuses on threats, vulnerabilities, attacks, and defenses from the perspectives of various players such as governments, corporations, terrorists, and private citizens.

Upgrades to the Second Edition Include:

  • Revised discussions of changes and impacts of global information warfare since 2002
  • Updated analyses of the capabilities of several nation-states as well as nonstate actors
  • A comprehensive list of incidents that have occurred in the past year to show the scope of the problem of GIW
  • Discussions of post-9/11 governmental changes and shifting priorities with clearer hindsight than was possible in the first edition

The book underscores how hostile countries, business competitors, terrorists, and others are waging information warfare against adversaries, even from across the globe. It describes attacks on information systems through theft, Internet espionage, deception, and sabotage, and illustrates countermeasures used to defeat these threats.

The second edition of Global Information Warfare contains a wealth of information and detailed analyses of capabilities of contemporary information technology and the capabilities of the individuals and groups who employ it in their respective digital wars. It is a crucial source for gaining the best understanding of the current state of information warfare and the most effective ways to counter it.


"…highlights both the reality and the awesomeness of global information warfare."—William G. E. Millar, Global CISO Infrastructure Services Capgemini, from the Foreword

"Global Information Warfare is a significant reality for governments, their citizens and corporations. This edition provides marvelously readable information about the new digital battlefield and serves as an invaluable reference. It sets out for all generations exactly why global information warfare matters now and why it is increasingly critical in the future."—William G.E. Millar, Global CISO Infrastructure Services Capgemini

'an excellent refresher for those already in this field and should be an eye-opener for those not sensitive to the importance of electronic systems and information for our country's, as well as our own, survival. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All library collections.'--M. W. Carr, US Army Watercraft & Riverine Operations, CHOICE

Praise from the first edition:

"Information warfare has many perspectives and this book serves as an excellent overview as well as stimulation for further thinking."—Manuel W. Wik, Chief Engineer, Strategic Specialist, Defense Materiel Administration (FMV), Stockholm, Sweden

"This book provides readers with basic and new knowledge regarding information warfare, and enlightens readers to realize that information warfare has become more and more important to every country, society, military, and individual."—Ching-Chang Wu, Air Force Colonel, Chief Instructor, Air Command and Staff School, National Defense University, China

"Awareness is the first and key step in finding proper solutions for any problem. …This book gives you exactly that, in a quick, complete yet comprehensive way: awareness!"—Predrag Pale, University of Zagreb, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of Croatia 1993-2000, "Father" of Croatian Internet

"Spurred on by the global war on terrorism it's inevitable that global information warfare will be waged, and therefore it's critical that we all be well informed. Read this book and learn!"—William Boni, Chief Information Security Officer, Motorola, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction to Global Information Warfare


Introduction to Warfare

Four Generations of Warfare

Introduction to Global Information Warfare

Information Warfare Will Hit You in Your Pocketbook

Business Is War

IW Broadly Encompasses Many Levels and Functions

What IW Is…and Is Not

Going beyond Three Blind Men Describing an Elephant: IW Terms of Reference

Information Warfare Is a Powerful Approach for Attaining and Maintaining a Competitive Advantage

Coherent Knowledge-Based Operations (CKO)

Network-Centric Business (NCB)

Knowledge Management (KM)



From Information Warfare to Information Operations and Cyber Warfare

Description of Information Warfare

Current DoD Definition of Information Operations

Developing World View

Russian View of Information Operations

Chinese View of Information Warfare

Cyber Warfare

Cyber Warfare Approaches of Some Other Nations






North Korea




War Stories from the Digital Battlefield



Pre 9/11

Information Warfare

Cyber Warfare

The Chinese View

The Russian View

Impact of the Attacks on September 11, 2001



Effect of 9/11 and US Homeland Security (DHS)

The 9/11 Attack

Effect of 9/11 on US Government and Homeland Security

Reaction to the World Trade Center and Pentagon Attacks

Our Mission: Overview

The Core Missions

Air Force Information Warfare Center



Nation-State Defensive and Offensive Information Warfare Capabilities: North America


United States


Nation-State Defensive and Offensive Information Warfare Capabilities: Middle East Nation-States




Nation-State Defensive and Offensive Information Warfare Capabilities: Asia Pacific Region




North Korea



Nation-State Defensive and Offensive Information Warfare Capabilities: Europe



United Kingdom


Nation-State Defensive and Offensive Information Warfare Capabilities: The Russian Federation

Russian Federation

Operations and Exercises


International Organizations’ Defensive and Offensive Information Warfare Capabilities

European Union




Nonstate Actors

Individuals and Groups

Information Warfare Tactics by Miscreants in General

The Harsher Side of Activism


Organized Criminal Groups

Information Warfare Tactics by Activists



The History of Technology

What Is Technology?

From Cave Warrior to Information Warrior

From the Twentieth Century to Today: Technology and the Advent of High Technology

Other Significant Twentieth-Century Technological Developments and Events

What Is High Technology?

High-Tech: A Product, A Process, or Both?

The Trade Association: AEA

The Consulting Group: RFA

Information Provider: One Source

The Research Group: BLS

The Microprocessor

Moore’s Law

Other Significant Twentieth-Century High-Technology Developments and Events

The Internet

The High-Technology-Driven Phenomenon

Faster and More Massive High-Technology-Driven Communications

Other High-Technology Tools in IW

Welcome to Twenty-First-Century Technology



Corporate and National Resilience

Big Data

Cloud Computing

How Do Organizations Reduce the Risks?

Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

Data Encryption

Sensitive Data

Business Continuity

Layered Security

Data Destruction

Data Breaches in the Cloud: Who Is Responsible?

What Do You Do in the Event of a Breach?

Internet of Things (Also Known as the Internet of Everything)

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)

Smart Grids

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

How Do You Make Your Organization More Resilient?

Defense in Depth

Improved Detection

Employee Security Awareness

Organized Crime


Impact on Nation-States

Impact on Corporations




Definitions to Consider

Establishing and Managing a GIW Awareness Program

Measuring the Cost and Effectiveness of an Awareness Program

Case Study



The Tallinn Manual



A Look at the Future: The Crystal Ball

Surviving into the Future

New-Old Approach to Security: Defensive IW

The Changing Environment

The Need for Enlightened and Dedicated Leadership

Offensive-Defensive GIW Attacks

The Future of the Internet




About the Authors

Andy Jones has more than 40 years of military, government, business, and academic experience in the areas of intelligence, security, and digital forensics, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. He has been a practitioner for the whole period and a researcher in these areas for more than 20 years. He is currently an academic, international consultant, lecturer, and writer and is involved in research with a number of universities in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Gerald L. Kovacich has over 45 years of experience in industrial, business, and government security, investigations, intelligence/counterintelligence, source handling, information systems security, and information warfare, both in the US government as a special agent and in international corporations and subsequently as an international consultant and lecturer. He retired from his position as the information warfare technologist at Northrop Grumman Corporation to pursue a career as an international consultant, lecturer, and writer.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Forensic Science