The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats

The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats Details

An urgent new warning from two bestselling security experts--and a gripping inside look at how governments, firms, and ordinary citizens can confront and contain the tyrants, hackers, and criminals bent on turning the digital realm into a war zone.

America's next major war is likely to be provoked by a cyber attack. From well-covered stories like the Stuxnet virus, which helped slow Iran's nuclear program, to lesser-known tales like EternalBlue, the 2017 cyber battle that closed hospitals in Britain and froze shipping crates in Germany in midair, we have entered an age in which online threats carry real-world consequences. But we do not have to let autocrats and criminals run amok in the digital realm. We now know a great deal about how to make cyberspace far less dangerous--and about how to defend our security, economy, democracy, and privacy from cyber attack.

This is a book about the realm in which nobody should ever want to fight a war: The Fifth Domain, the Pentagon's term for cyberspace. Our guides are two of America's top cybersecurity experts, seasoned practitioners who are as familiar with the White House Situation Room as they are with Fortune 500 boardrooms. Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake offer a vivid, engrossing tour of the often unfamiliar terrain of cyberspace, introducing us to the scientists, executives, and public servants who have learned through hard experience how government agencies and private firms can fend off cyber threats.

Clarke and Knake take us inside quantum-computing labs racing to develop cyber superweapons; bring us into the boardrooms of the many firms that have been hacked and the few that have not; and walk us through the corridors of the U.S. intelligence community with officials working to defend America's elections from foreign malice. With a focus on solutions over scaremongering, they make a compelling case for "cyber resilience"--building systems that can resist most attacks, raising the costs on cyber criminals and the autocrats who often lurk behind them, and avoiding the trap of overreaction to digital attacks.

Above all, Clarke and Knake show us how to keep The Fifth Domain a humming engine of economic growth and human progress, not give in to those who would turn it into a wasteland of conflict. Backed by decades of high-level experience in the White House and the private sector, this book delivers a riveting, agenda-setting insider look at what works in the struggle to avoid cyberwar.

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  • Siddhanta

    The Fifth Domain, by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake is interesting for those who are in the cybersecurity industry and for any ordinary people. Unlike many other books written about the cyberse...

  • Rick Howard

    The Cybersecurity Canon Committee selected this book, "The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats,” to be inducted into the Hall of Fame during...

  • Manny

    Great book about cyber security. I am in the business and can see the author(s) are well versed on nuances of that industry. The authors however, make their political biases known to the reader. Altho...

  • Dan

    Who needs Steven King? This book will keep you awake at night if you work in IT. And if you don't work in IT, you should still read it, because like it or not, your home is filled most likely with IT....

  • Nicolette

    This might be something I need to buy. It was a little frightening, but in a alert, cautious way, and if you know anything about my reading habits as it is, I do love non-fiction that's terrifying lik...

  • Rod Van Meter

    Two cyber policy wonks write about, well, cyber policy. For me, this was a great read; I'm middle aged and a computer geek but not a security person, so the last time I formally studied security was i...

  • Matt

    This was an enjoyable book, which is all the more complementary considering the amount of policy discussion it covers. The authors do a good job throughout by offering a clear framework through which ...

  • Michael

    Simply put, Mr. Clarke, the consummate bureaucrat, advocates for additional regulation to address the cyber threats that face our country. All while he gives many examples of government's failure in t...

  • David Hallstrom

    I was recommended this book by a client as I am their cyber insurance broker. There is some interesting information in here and some ideas about how the challenge of security can be met in the future....

  • Mai

    One of my current favorite cyber security reads. Clarke and Knake tell an incredibly raw and blunt tale of the current state of the cyber landscape. They make very good suggestions on how the governme...