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FAS Intelligence Resource Program "The world isnít run by weapons anymore, or energy, or money. Itís run by little ones and zeros, little bits of data. Itís all just electrons.... Thereís a war out there ... and itís not about whoís got the most bullets. Itís about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think, itís all about information."

Information Warfare and
Information Security on the Web

This metapage is a selective guide to information warfare resources on the Web, as well as a directory of points of entry to related resources. If you would like to suggest valuable resources that are not listed here, feel free to let us know about them.

Information Warfare

Information Warfare Monitor
To examine how states and non-state actors seek to exploit information and information systems to pursue political objectives through non-political means.

Electronic Pearl Harbor -- Not Likely George Smith [CRYPT] Issues in Science & Technology
Information warfare: The term conjures up a vision of unseen enemies, armed only with laptop personal computers connected to the global computer network, launching untraceable electronic attacks against the United States. But is such an electronic Pearl Harbor possible? The menacing scenarios have remained just that-only scenarios. Information warfare may be, for many, the hip topic of the moment, but a factually solid knowledge of it remains elusive. The government's evidence about US vulnerability to cyber attack is shaky at best.

Information Warfare, I-War, IW, C4I, Cyberwar
Information warfare, also known as I-War, IW, C4I, or Cyberwar, has recently become of increasing importance to the military, the intelligence community, and the business world. The purpose of the IASIW (a virtual nongovernmental organization) is to facilitate an understanding of information warfare with reference to both military and civilian life.

IWS - The Information Warfare Site
aims to stimulate debate on a variety of issues involving information security, information operations, e-commerce and more, with a special emphasis on offensive and defensive information operations.

What is Information Warfare? by Martin C. Libicki is an outstanding introduction to the subject (in a large PDF file). Libicki and his colleagues at the National Defense University have published a variety of books and papers on information warfare and related themes including:

The Complete Windows Trojans Paper
The Complete Trojans Text is a paper about Windows Trojans, how they work, their variations and, of course, strategies to minimise the risk of infection.

Malware - Future Trends
What are the driving forces behind the rise of malware? Whoís behind it, and what tactics do they use? How are vendors responding, and what should organizations, researchers, and end users keep in mind for the upcoming future? These and many other questions will be discussed in this article.

RAND Strategic Information Warfare: A New Face of War
Summarizes research performed by RAND for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence) with a particular emphasis on the defensive aspects of what is characterized in the report as "strategic information warfare." The online summary is interesting, but you need to get the complete hardcopy to get the full flavor of this report, which currently represents the [unclassified] state of the art.

lotsa links

This 1995 paper by the Assistant for Strategic Assessment Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (Policy Planning) reviews the actual and potential impact of the Internet on domestic and foreign politics and international conflict, from the point of view of a U.S. Department of Defense analyst. It is presented here by the Federation of American Scientists.

Other Air Force Publications
  • USAFA INSS Occasional Paper #9 The International Legal Implications of Information Warfare. Richard W. Aldrich, April 1996
  • Occasional Paper #11 Melancholy Reunion: A Report from the Future on the Collapse of Civil-Military Relations in the United States. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., October 1996

Information Security

Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center
Provides the DoD a central point of access on Information Assurance to support the development and implementation of effective defense against Information Warfare attacks

The Interactive Security Policy Launch Pad
A comprehensive set of information, software and hardware security policies

Infosec and Cryptography Links offered by InfoSec-Technologies.com

The ISO 17799 Service & Software Directory
To assist in compliance with the ISO 17799 security standard

Computer Security Institute
The oldest international membership organization offering training specifically targeted to information security professionals

Forum of Incident Response Teams, a coalition of government, commercial, and academic organizations established to exchange information and coordinate security-related response activities.

formerly the National Computer Security Association, providing information security-related training, testing, research, product certification, underground reconnaissance, help-desk and consulting services

The forum on risks to the public in computers and related systems. Its USENET equivalent is comp.risk

Netsurfer Focus
Special issue on computer and network security

The electronic newsletter of IEEE's Technical Committee on Security and Privacy

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