Authored by: Myriam Dunn Cavelty

The Routledge Handbook of New Security Studies

Print publication date:  January  2010
Online publication date:  January  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415484374
eBook ISBN: 9780203859483
Adobe ISBN: 9781135166205


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Every American depends – directly or indirectly – on our system of information networks. They are increasingly the backbone of our economy and our infrastructure; our national security and our personal well-being. … As President, I’ll make cyber security the top priority that it should be in the 21st century.

(Remarks of Senator Barack Obama – as prepared for delivery, Summit on Confronting New Threats, Purdue University, 16 July 2008) With this statement, Barack Obama continues the American policy tradition of portraying attacks by means of computers as one of the graver threats to national security along with nuclear and biological threats and of calling the protection against them – by ways of cyber-security – a top priority for the future. Even though (or rather because) this inclusion into the threat-triptych has become so widely accepted in the security policy community and is hardly ever questioned or challenged, it is worth taking a closer look at why (and how) cyber-security is conceived as a key national security task today.

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