Security and cyber warfare

By Paul Parkinson

Common Criteria and The Edge Of Madness
One of the Christmas presents I received was the book The Edge of Madness by Michael Dobbs. It's a novel about cyber warfare and is set in the present day. Despite mixed reviews of the book in the media (Daily Telegraph, Guardian), I found it to be a gripping read, and finished it over two evenings.

The
reason why it held my attention was because of its central theme: the
imminent threat of cyber warfare against a nation through co-ordinated
attacks against critical national infrastructure
(banking, commerce, energy,  telecommunications, etc.) bypassing
national defence forces. Although we have yet to witness an offensive
on this scale, there have been several instances of international cyber
warfare in recent years, so perhaps these can only escalate in the
future?

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