This text introduces the concepts of information warfare from a non-military, organizational perspective. It is designed to stimulate managers to develop policies, strategies, and tactics for the aggressive use and defence of their data and knowledge base. The book covers the full gambit of information warfare subjects from the direct attack on computer systems to the more subtle psychological technique of perception management. It provides the framework needed to build management strategies in this area. The topics covered include the basics of information warfare, corporate intelligence systems, the use of deception, security of systems, modes of attack, a methodology to develop defensive measures, plus specific issues associated with information warfare.
This book will be of interest to executives and managers in any public or private organization. Specifically, managers or staff in the areas of information technology, security, knowledge management, public relations, or marketing should find it directly useful.
Its main purpose is to make readers aware of the new world of information saturation; thus decreasing the chance that they will become victims of those abusing the information age, whilst at the same time increasing their chances of benefiting from the new opportunities produced.
Information professionals who advise their clients using information taken from the internet, or who train others to search the web, need to become more aware of the messages in this book…….a good chapter on techniques of deception shows the way that the authors of information can seek to misinform or deceive the reader. In the latter part of the book, a useful chapter on legal aspects of I-War is followed by one looking at the use of the web for political ends…..a remarkably strong feature of this book is its sheer readibility. The style is accessibile: the sentences are clear, and as concise as possible given the often technical nature of the content. Complex ideas are set out using bullet points rather than long, involved paragraphs. There are clear and appropriate diagrams and illustrations.
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Acknowledgements; Preface; How to use this book; Introduction; Concepts in information warfare; Information as an intelligence weapon; Deception; Sources of threat for IT systems; Attacks and retaliation; Attack and defence; An i-war risk analysis model; Implications of i-war for information managers; The legal perspective of i-war; Political activists, freedom fighters, and terrorists on the web; Perceptual intelligence and i-war; The future; Appendix 1: checklist for an information attack; Appendix 2: using the viable system model as a framework for an information attack; Appendix 3: checklist for deception; Appendix 4: retaliation against information attack: attitudes and practices of information systems managers; Discussion questions; Useful web sites; Glossary of terms; Bibliography.