Cyber & Technology

Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Next Information Age

By Jane Chong
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 8:33 AM

This is a plug for a new cyber policy book out this month: Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Next Information Age, edited by Richard Harrison, Director of Operations and Defense Technology Programs at the American Foreign Policy Council, and Trey Herr, Fellow with the Belfer Center's Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The volume consists of 20 chapters of policy guidance on a wide range of cyber security threats. Check out the book site here, and the table of contents and assorted excerpts are available here. I contributed a chapter on liability for software vendors; see the excerpt here.

The volume summary:

Growing dependence on cyberspace for commerce, communication, governance, and military operations has left society vulnerable to a multitude of security threats. Accounting for these new challenges presents a series of thorny public policy problems. In this volume, academics, practitioners, and former service members come together to highlight sixteen of the most pressing contemporary challenges and to offer recommendations for the future. They provide insight for the debate over cybersecurity policy and offer readers a tempered sense of the fragility embedded in our core technologies. The book provides background and recommendations to help mitigate the threats of tomorrow while serving to inform the policies being shaped today.

The editors and contributors will be speaking at a number of events over the next few months. This morning, the Wilson Center is holding a panel titled “The Vulnerabilities Economy.” Tomorrow, New America will be hosting an event more broadly focused on cyber security policy tools of all stripes—those include cyber safety standards in the automotive industry, cyber-insurance, consumer notification, and software vendor liability. That starts at 10:00 AM and you can RSVP or watch the livestream here.