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Cyber Threat!: How to Manage the Growing Risk of Cyber Attacks by MacDonnell Ulsch

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Preface

Where to begin? Start with the fundamental assertion that we are at war, a cyber war. The topic is expansive and seems to become more inclusive every day as the word “cyber” enters almost every aspect of our lives. “Cyber” is becoming so familiar to us now that we passively accept anything associated with it. We don't always appreciate that, but it is true, and it becomes truer with every new day and Internet-enabled device. We don't see all of these devices, either. From laptops and smartphones and tablets to automobiles to refrigerators, cockpits, and smart homes, we are connected. The utilities that power our inventions and domiciles are connected. Hospitals are connected. Retail stores, insurance companies, defense contractors, automobile manufacturers are connected, too, as are chemical manufacturers, agriculture, and government. It seems like everyone is connected to everything, and all is connected to or by the Internet.

And that's great—or so it seems. But the bad actors of the world, from organized criminals to narcotics traffickers to identity thieves to traffickers of humans, sex, illegal arms, and even weapons of mass destruction, have also found a cyber stage upon which to perform.

This book is about three defined issues. First is the cyber threat. Growing worse by the day, it is omnipresent, diversified, giving the word “cyber” a bad reputation. Cyber love, cyber kindness, cyber humility, cyber goodness, cyber cheer—these terms are vastly outgunned by other ...

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