Cyber threat is talk topic

BAR HARBOR — Security expert Richard A. Clarke will discuss his book “The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats” Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library.

The book gives readers tour of the often-unfamiliar terrain of cyberspace, introducing readers to the scientists, executives and public servants who have learned how to fend off cyber threats.

Clarke brings readers inside the quantum-computing labs racing to develop cyber “superweapons.” Readers see inside the boardrooms of some firms that have been hacked and others that have not.

He also walks readers through the corridors of the U.S. intelligence community where officials are working to defend America’s elections from foreign interference.

“The Fifth Domain” also looks at how governments, firms and ordinary citizens can confront and contain those who are bent on turning the digital realm into a war zone.

“Clarke makes a compelling case for “cyber resilience” — building systems that can resist most attacks, raising the costs on cyber criminals and the autocrats who often lurk behind them, and avoiding the trap of overreaction to digital attacks,” organizers said.

Clarke served in the U.S. government for 30 years, including as White House counterterrorism coordinator under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He became the first White House official placed in charge of U.S. cybersecurity policy.

He is the author of eight books (four works of nonfiction and four novels), including the bestselling “Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror.”

Books will be on sale that night courtesy of co-sponsor Sherman’s Books. Contact 288-4245.


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