What Is a Theory?

A theory explains the mechanisms through which causes create effects. I’m not prone to violence, but if you really want to see me punch someone, find me on a really bad day, and then tell me “Anything is ‘theoretically possible.’” While the infinite possibilities provided by theory is a common idea is society—and one you […]

Is There Such a Thing as “Cyberwarfare”?

“Cyberwar” as a discrete phenomenon—fighting only in cyberspace—is as meaningless as a war only at sea, on land or in the air

One of the early books on cybersecurity that gained substantial notoriety was Cyber War (sic) by Richard Clarke and Robert Knake. The title, an inspired choice—if for no other reason than it sold books—was about the only thing inspired about the book. Cyber War reads like what it was: two men who knew a lot about war and were aware there was such a thing as computers, trying to explain why computers were going to kill you and your family, steal all your stuff and spit on your grave. The book was a successful polemic, if nothing else.