What Is Cybersecurity For?

By Tim Stevens

Published

Mar 1, 2023

Page count

160 pages

Series

What’s it for?

ISBN

978-1529226959

Dimensions

178 x 108 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 1, 2023

Page count

160 pages

Series

What’s it for?

ISBN

978-1529226966

Dimensions

178 x 108 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

How will protecting our digital infrastructure shape our future?

Cybersecurity is one of the key practical and political challenges of our time. It is at the heart of how modern societies survive and thrive, yet public understanding is still rudimentary: media portrayals of hoodie-wearing hackers accessing the Pentagon don’t convey its complexity or significance to contemporary life.

This book addresses this gap, showing that the political dimension is as important as the technological one. It accessibly explains the complexities of global information systems, the challenges of providing security to users, societies, states and the international system, and the multitude of competing players and ambitions in this arena.

Making the case for understanding it not only as a technical project, but as a crucial political one that links competing visions of what cybersecurity is for, it tackles the ultimate question: how can we do it better?

Tim Stevens is Reader in International Security at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK. He has published widely on the politics of cybersecurity, cyberwarfare and cyber conflict, and the relationship between technology and global security in academic articles, edited volumes, and has written two books. He is also editor of the book series Critical Issues in Digital Security and Society.

1. Introduction

2. How Did We Get Here?

3. Digital Risk and Resilience

4. Cybersecurity Politics and Economics

5. Geopolitical and Global Governance

6. Digital Rights and Responsibilities

7. Positive Cybersecurity, Positive Change

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