Volume 20, Issue 4 Editorial

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Fall 2021

The Journal of Information Warfare (JIW) was launched in Washington at InfoWarCon 2001, on Thursday, September 6th, 2001. The following Tuesday saw the world and Information Warfare change dramatically. Now 20 years later, we desired to get the original authors in the two issues published in 2001, to write new papers to show the changes over the last 20 years as they see them. In this way, this volume is different as the papers are personalised. The experience of the authors makes this entertaining and informative to all JIW readers. We could not track down all the authors or persuade some to write again but we do have a good selection. I hope you feel the same.

Winn Schwartau was someone who almost single-handedly popularised the concepts of Information Warfare with his 1990s text with the same title. This provided the stimulus for discussions on the concepts, practice, and importance of this part of conflict and influence. Winn never claimed (modestly, I think) to be a professional in this field but his papers always had something significant to impart. His paper in Issue 2 of the JIW was a position paper but still of value. His paper in this issue 20 years later describes his experiences and is, most certainly, of value.
Bill Hutchinson, who was co-founder of the JIW with Matt Warren, has tried to formulise the generic, underlying principles of Information Warfare. The original paper was heavily influenced by Information Security but the world has moved on by leaps and bounds since then. The original models still stand up but, hopefully, this paper expands the principles somewhat.

Noel and Reith expand on Noel’s first joint paper on Networks to illustrate the development of Cyber Warfare. The cyber aspect has become an important aspect of Information Warfare so much so that the terms are sometimes conflated. This paper gives the practitioner not only the history of Cyber Warfare but the processes involved.

Matt Warren’s paper concentrates on the development of Australian Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection over the last 20 years. Matt was the co-founder of the JIW.
Lars Nicander originally gave an overview of the Swedish view of Information Technology. In subsequent years, Lars developed the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS) and gives a history of this development.
Last but certainly not least, Steve Furnell continues his theme of Cyber Crime and outlines the development of cybercrimes and criminals.

I hope you enjoy and learn from this eclectic series of papers from people who have been in the ‘game’ for more that 20 years. I enjoyed collecting them.

Bill Hutchinson, Assistant Editor


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Security Research Institute Edith Cowan University 
Perth, Australia.

Professor Bill Hutchinson was Foundation IBM Chair in Information Security at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He was Director of SECAU (Security Research Centre) and was coordinator of the Information Operations and Security programmes. From 2000 to 2010, he was the Chief Editor and founder of the Journal of Information Warfare.

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