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Cyber-Security and Threat Politics

US Efforts to Secure the Information Age

By Myriam Dunn Cavelty

Routledge – 2007 – 182 pages

Series: CSS Studies in Security and International Relations

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Description

This book explores the political process behind the construction of cyber-threats as one of the quintessential security threats of modern times in the US.

Myriam Dunn Cavelty posits that cyber-threats are definable by their unsubstantiated nature. Despite this, they have been propelled to the forefront of the political agenda. Using an innovative theoretical approach, this book examines how, under what conditions, by whom, for what reasons, and with what impact cyber-threats have been moved on to the political agenda. In particular, it analyses how governments have used threat frames, specific interpretive schemata about what counts as a threat or risk and how to respond to this threat. By approaching this subject from a security studies angle, this book closes a gap between practical and theoretical academic approaches. It also contributes to the more general debate about changing practices of national security and their implications for the international community.

Contents

Introduction 1. The Information Age and Cyber-Threats – Shifting Meanings and Interpretations 2. Politics and Threat Construction – Theoretical Underpinnings 3. The Hostile Intelligence Threat, Data Security, and Encryption Set the Stage 4. Asymmetric Vulnerabilities and the Double-Edged Sword of Information Warfare – Developments in the Military Domain 5. Critical Infrastructures and Homeland Security 6. Securing the Information Age: Failed Securitisation or a New Logic of Security? 7. Cyber-Threats and Security in the Information Age – Issues and Implications

Author Bio

Myriam Dunn Cavelty is lecturer and head of the new risks research unit at the Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich.

Name: Cyber-Security and Threat Politics: US Efforts to Secure the Information Age (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Myriam Dunn Cavelty. This book explores the political process behind the construction of cyber-threats as one of the quintessential security threats of modern times in the US. Myriam Dunn Cavelty posits that cyber-threats are definable by their unsubstantiated nature...
Categories: Media & Communications, Security Studies - Military & Strategic, International Relations Theory