1st Edition

Philosophy of Cybersecurity

By Lukasz Olejnik, Artur Kurasiński Copyright 2024
    232 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    232 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Technology and digitization are great social goods. But it’s also about risks and threats. Cybersecurity is not just a matter of data or computer security. Cybersecurity is about the security of society.

    Why "Philosophy"? To understand how to reason and think about threats and cybersecurity in today's and tomorrow's world. This book is the necessary equipment. It equips with awareness. The Philosophy of Cybersecurity is about the user's perspective, but also about system issues.

    This is a book for everyone - a wide audience. Experts, academic lecturers, as well as students of technical fields such as computer science and social sciences will find the content interesting. Including in areas like international relations, diplomacy, strategy, and security studies. Cybersecurity is also a matter of State strategy and policy.

    It may be the first book on cybersecurity you'll understand.

    It considers such detailed basics as, for example, what a good password is, more importantly: why it is considered so today. But it also considers systemic issues, such as healthcare cybersecurity (challenges, why is it so difficult to secure, could people die as a result of cyberattacks?), critical infrastructure (can a cyberattack destroy elements of the power system?), States (have already been hacked).

    Cyberspace is not a "grey zone" without rules. It is logically explained what cyberwar is, whether it threatens us, and under what circumstances cyberattacks could lead to war. The chapter on cyberwar is relevant because of the war in Ukraine. The problem of cyberwar in the war in Ukraine is analytically and expertly explained. The rank and importance of these actions are explained, also against the background of broader military activities.

    The Cybersecurity Philosophy treats cybersecurity very broadly. From technology, through international law, diplomacy, military, and security matters, even in the matter of conflicts, geopolitics, political science, and international relations.

    Key Features

    • A short handbook, packed with data, analysis, and anecdotes, without space-fillers; written in plain and comprehensible language

    • Holistically considers cybersecurity, from technology, through law (including international law), to policy, to national/international security, diplomacy, and warfare

    • Explain the role of changing technology: for example, that today's standards for "making good passwords" should be judged differently than in 1980

    • Offers current knowledge, of technologies, policies, and their application to cyberspace activities

    • Teaches the reader to know that some things may matter, while others do not necessarily so — which is important in perceiving the "daily" reports of yet-another-cyberattack

    Chapter 1: Introduction to the philosophy of cybersecurity

    Chapter 2: Cyber ​​threats and the necessary clarifications

    Chapter 3: Cybersecurity from the user's point of view

    Chapter 4: Cybersecurity of healthcare infrastructure

    Chapter 5: Cybersecurity of critical infrastructure

    Chapter 6: Cybersecurity of a State

    Chapter 7: Cyberconflict, Cyberwar

    Chapter 8: Conclusion


    Lukasz Olejnik (LukaszOlejnik.com) is an independent cybersecurity and privacy researcher and consultant.

    He holds a Computer Science PhD from INRIA (France). He worked at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), and was a research associate at University College London. He was associated with Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, with Oxford's Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, and was elected a Member of World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Technical Architecture Group. Fellow of Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Former cyberwarfare advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, where he worked on the humanitarian consequences of cyberwarfare. He advised on science and new technologies at the European Data Protection Supervisor.

    He helps various companies and organisations, including with cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, and technology policy.

    His comments appeared in places such as Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, El Pais, or Le Monde. He authored scientific papers, reports, opinion articles in venues like Wired or Foreign Policy.

    Artur Kurasinski is a tech-realist, a serial innovator, entrepreneur, public speaker, and a game and comic book author. Artur analyzes and comments technology from economic, sociologic, and geopolitical perspectives. Co-creator of numerous Polish startups. A mentor in many contests, author of one of Poland's most popular tech blogs: kurasinski.com. A speaker and participant in Poland's leading important tech conferences. Co-creator of Poland's oldest series of startup meet-ups (Aula Polska) and the Auler awards.