Ely, England, 23 February 2012 – The UK’s 2010 National Security Strategy identified cyberattacks as one of the four highest-priority risks faced by the UK. President Obama has declared cybersecurity as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges the US faces as a nation.
There is an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) posed by organised crime and state level entities, targeting large multi-national corporations and foreign governments. Organisations of all sizes can suffer collateral damage. China has been regularly identified in the press as a major player in modern cyberwar activities but, until now, little has been written to describe the depth and severity of this threat.
21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare, from IT Governance Publishing, is a comprehensive and in-depth review of the Chinese role in cyberwarfare. Drawing on a combination of cultural, historical, business, linguistic and personal experience, the book attempts to explain China to the uninitiated. It describes how the combination of Chinese Communism and the unique cultural and linguistic heritage of the People’s Republic of China are driving Chinese cyber activity.
The author, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret’d) William Hagestad II, is an internationally recognised subject matter expert on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and Government Information Warfare. He advises international intelligence organisations and multi-national commercial enterprises with regard to their internal IT security governance and external security policies, making him the ideal person to write this book.
21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare is the first book to gather the salient information regarding the use of cyberwarfare doctrine by the People’s Republic of China, highlighting the increasing threat it imposes to the western world and the fact that Chinese cyberwarfare is a clear and present danger that can no longer be ignored. The book should be read by many, from individuals through to governmental departments, with everyone finding benefit in it.
William Hagestad II adds, “My intent with this book was to introduce my readers to the Chinese culture, history and language through the lens of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) information security & cyber warfare initiatives as a basis for economic, political and military hegemony by the Chinese Communist Party.”
Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance comments, “This book provides a fascinating and comprehensive study of the evolution and current nature of the Chinese approach to war ‘by other means’, conducted in what the Chinese see as the fifth sphere of war: cyberspace. ‘Know your enemy’ is a good starting point for any defence strategist and this book is an outstanding contribution to a better understanding of cyber security challenges that should be read by information security professionals the world over.”
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