Calogero Vinciguerra: Cyberspace intelligence and security

Calogero Vinciguerra
Published by the author

The world is evolving faster and faster, thanks to the immense possibilities offered by new technologies, especially digital ones.

The introduction of cyberspace as fifth domain it is a consequence of the growing importance of cyberspace for military operations. In the same way, it is interesting to note that the world of intelligence also changes over time, also depending on the means and tools available for the collection and analysis of data and information and for the production of intelligence.

Calogero Vinciguerra, with his book, clearly illustrates the changes that have occurred in the world of Intelligence thanks to the development of information technologies.

The book is divided into four main chapters that deal with as many aspects of the world of Intelligence:

- evolution of intelligence;

- information needs and corporate security;

- geography and geopolitics of cyberspace;

- cyberspace security.

In the first chapter the author lays the foundations for a fruitful reading even by those who are not familiar with the subject, starting from the origins, or rather from the meaning of the term "intelligence" and then moving on to the illustration of the intelligence cycle. The description of the information system for the security of the Republic and elements of economic intelligence close the chapter, accompanying the reader by the hand towards the second part.

Talking about information needs and corporate security is not easy, but the author manages to do so by highlighting the importance of the figure of security professionals, rightly considered fundamental roles, including the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer ) and the DPO (Data Protection Officer).

The relationships between national security and corporate security are well illustrated, also through the highlighting of the main existing criticalities, such as the lack of a legislative framework on private security abroad. The illustration of the concept of "participatory safety" understood as: "set of tools and people who interact to contribute to common objectives linked to the typical safety indicators" closes the chapter.

It is with the third chapter that we enter the heart of the subject of the book: cyberspace.

Starting from the explanation of the main terms of the sector up to the discussion on cyberspace cartography and the problems of the legal dimension linked to the territory and the possession of data, the author explains the main concepts. The digital mapping of crime, also explained with some real examples relating to the tools used, leads to the new needs of important professionals such as Data Scientist and Criminal Intelligence Analyst, which have now become indispensable.

The geopolitics of cyberspace closes the chapter, with the illustration of the political-strategic power and influence in the world balance.

In the fourth and final chapter, Vinciguerra clearly addresses safety. Starting from the definition of hacker and cracker, the author goes on to illustrate the main types of threats (phishing, defacing, spoofing, DoS and DDoS) and then describe the APT (Advanced and Persistent Threat) according to the NIST definition and the main cyber crimes. In the same chapter he dedicates some space to the concepts of cybersecurity, cyber kill chain to conclude with the national cybersecurity structure.

In conclusion, the book "Cyberspace Intelligence and Security" is interesting, very well structured and easy to read even for those approaching the subject for the first time.

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