On Tuesday night at RSA, Veracode held a book launch of Fred Kaplan’s Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War. Kaplan was on site to sign copies of his book and to discuss the history of cyber war. That’s right, history, not future, of cyber war. Dark Territory looks back at the history of cyber war. Opening with a story from the Reagan administration, the book then examines how the concept of cyber war grew and highlights why it has taken so long for our government to catch up to this threat.
I had a chance to speak with Kaplan during the conference about his book and the overall implications of cyber war. The following clips are from our conversation.
Why take the time to examine the history rather than discuss the possible future implications of cyber war?
What has changed since 1984 when Ronald Reagan asked “can this happen to us?”
In your book you also speak about the collateral damage that can be created from cyber attacks. There has always been collateral damage in war. How is this concept different when we are talking about cyber war?
How does the concept of cyber war level the playing field between countries like the United States and those that do not have the same military industrial complex?
If you are interested in learning more about the history of cyber war, you can purchase the book on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Territory-Secret-History-Cyber/dp/1476763259