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This week, Wolfgang and Chris talk to Mark Lenigan (@niteshad). Mark’s talk is called: Cyberwar: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Fight the F.U.D. It’s a rebuttal to Richard Clark’s Cyberwar: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It. Mark had some very insightful things to say.

From there, Mark talked about the other thing he’s doing for Bsides Detroit. He’s planning a Range Trip for Friday morning. Security Geeks with Guns. He talked about letting them know you’re a novice and the rules of the gun he lives by, more strict than the NRAs. Check it out, it’ll be worth the time.

Abstract: Richard A. Clarke bills himself as an expert on “cyberwar” (his prefer- red term for strategic and tactical use of network resources in a conflict) due to his service as an advisor to four Presidents on matters of national security. However, his treatment of this topic in his book _CYBERWAR: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It_ is riddled with technical flaws, dubious assumptions, and ultimately potentially poor advice for our national defense of military, civil government and private sector networks and infrastructure. This talk will explore his ideas of risk from a more technical perspective, to give a more realistic evaluation of the risks of “cyberwar.” Examples drawn from real-world case studies, such as Fermi II Nuclear Power Plant and the Hubble Space Telescope (similar in design to military reconnaissance satellites) will be used to assess risk and critique Clarke’s ideas and conclusions.

This episode is cross-posted at Rats and Rogues.