Constructing cybersecurity

Power, expertise and the internet security industry

By Andrew Whiting

Constructing cybersecurity


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2332-9
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: May 2020
  • BIC Category: International Relations, COMPUTERS / Security / Networking, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, Internet: general works, Network Security, Society & social sciences / International relations
  • Series: Manchester University Press


Constructing cybersecurity adopts a constructivist approach to cybersecurity and problematises the state of contemporary knowledge within this field. Setting out by providing a concise overview of such knowledge this book subsequently adopts Foucauldian positions on power and security to highlight assumptions and limitations found herein. What follows is a detailed analysis of the discourse produced by various internet security companies demonstrating the important role that these security professionals play constituting and entrenching this knowledge by virtue of their specific epistemic authority. As a relatively new source within a broader security dispositif these security professionals have created relationships of mutual recognition and benefit with traditional political and security professionals.


'Theoretically astute and empirically detailed. Whiting's timely contribution will be beneficial for future generations of critical cybersecurity scholars.'
Myriam Dunn Cavelty, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies, ETH Zürich

'A sophisticated yet accessible exploration of an under-researched site of expert discourse. Empirically robust, methodologically rigorous and rich in theoretical insights.'
Stuart Macdonald, Professor of Legal Studies, Swansea University

'Whiting offers a sophisticated, urgent, and rich exploration of the construction of cyberthreats. Whiting's focus on the internet security industry enables him to break significant new theoretical and empirical ground. A tremendous achievement.'
Lee Jarvis, Professor of International Politics, University of East Anglia


1 Cybersecurity knowledge: Cohesion, contestation and constructivism
2 Security dispositifs and security professionals
3 Constructing the milieu
4 Constructing cyber-threats
5 Constructing cybersecurity


Andrew Whiting is a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at Birmingham City University

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