about time to take the original version of "Information
Warfare," first released in Spring of 1994 and make
it available for free to the Internet community.
this book and its subsequent iteration are still used in
schools around the world, it was largely updated and supplanted
by "Information Warfare: 2nd Edition"
(see below). Nonetheless, the premises are still sound and
many of the terms, I am humbly proud to say, have entered
the common lexicon.
may well read this and think, "how obvious" and
"of course!" but remember, this book caused a
big stink when it came out now almost seven years ago. The
US Government thought there was too much classified information
in it and the Brits wanted to ban it. But that was then
and this is now, with us all, hopefully, more educated and
less naïve of the electronic world.
after much cajoling, my publisher has allowed me to put
the book that started it all on the Internet. I know that
the Electronic Pearl Harbor many of have spoken of has not
occurred Ė thankfully. I know that some people consider
my work that of a Chicken Little; thatís OK. The debate
is encouraged and has contributed to greater security than
I thought possible when I wrote this, what seems so many
lot of the stories and data are old and thatís why web sites
and newsletters have replaced a lot of the print media for
fast updates: that is good.
the foundations are still the same I believe.
do not have an Electronic Bill of Rights. There is no privacy
and the situation is getting worse.
security is not any better largely because we complicate
the systems and expect an easy security fix. Ainít gonna
happen that way.
the national level, I, as much as any one, have been surprised
to see that nation states are doing what this book predicted.
Well, maybe not that surprised.
in all, I want to thank everyone for the tremendous support
over the years which has encouraged me to continue working
along lines that a few others demean.
you. Thank you. Thank you.
in the year 2000