Normative Cyber Security

We need people like Brenner to raise public awareness and suggest how to protect the Nation against attacks on our cyber infrastructure. But while such diatribes are necessary, they are far from sufficient. Unless we see specific action plans, which can be effectively implemented and enforced, then we are no further ahead. The potential consequences of not making headway against the tsunami of cyber attacks are so dire, as Brenner describes, that we can no longer tolerate the normative approach to protecting the Nation’s critical cyber infrastructure.

We need solutions, not merely suggestions. And other than possibly in the Defense Department, we are not seeing solutions. Alas, Brenner’s book, while being a good read and educational for those not already knowledgeable about such threats, vulnerabilities and successful attacks, does not give us the implementable solutions that we need..


  1. Heather J. @ TLC Boo Oct 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    I agree that there is a need to do more than simply raise awareness – some sort of implementable plan is important in a book like this.

    Thank you for such a thorough review and for being a part of the book tour.

  2. Brian Krebs Nov 1, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Nice review. I’m interested in reading the book. Thank you.

    I’ve said for a long time that nobody will sufficiently dedicate the attention that cybersecurity deserves on the critical infrastructure level unless and until people start to die because of cyber-insecurity. And, of course, when that happens, there’s a very high risk that bad policies/laws will follow. I talked a bit about this in an interview a while back on Team Cymru’s Who and Why show.

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