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C:\>_gAbrIel: A Fictional Thriller Based in the Reality of Artificial Intelligence

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Posted on September 29, 2021

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While I was finishing up the book that I released last February titled, Cyber Warfare – Truth, Tactics, and Strategies, I came across a program that depicts a scenario about cybersecurity, specifically artificial intelligence, that had no basis in reality. While many business books address this topic, they are typically written for technologists, not for general audiences. I thought a real technologist should write a story about the reality, and threat, of artificial intelligence and knew my background in cybersecurity and technology would inspire a more compelling story than what I was watching.

Thus, this eureka moment was the spark that launched me into writing my new book titled, C:>_gAbrIel, which will be released next week (October 5th), and is available for pre-order on Amazon.

This book is a fictional thriller, but everything that takes place in the storyline is drawn from very real scenarios underpinned by today’s technologies. The story may be technically accurate, but not to the point where readers can’t understand it. I believe they will find the book easy-to-read, exciting and a bit scary.

In creating the characters for the book, I wanted to make sure that people with diverse backgrounds, especially women, were seen as key players in the cybersecurity industry. I am a firm believer that the contributions women can and will make as a result of their varied skill sets will solve the human capital crisis that plagues the cybersecurity industry.

Here’s a quick synopsis C:\>_gAbrIel:

Violet McFerran was one of the best and brightest in the US Navy Cyber Corps. Her technical skills and ferocious ability to win at all costs made her one of the first women to serve alongside the most elite special warfare operators in the US military—the SEAL teams. During the Iraq War, she was the SEAL’s digital bloodhound, and they were her dogs of war as they worked together to target and eliminate terrorists. When things went wrong and all hell broke loose in a violent firefight, Violet’s life changed forever, and she would yet again have to adapt to win in her new life.

Years after that fateful night, Violet found herself working in a highly classified job using some of the most innovative and secret solutions the National Security Agency has in its arsenal. It was there that she would face our greatest threat, a rogue artificial intelligence entity hell bent on imposing its will on anyone and anything that touches the digital domain. Only someone with Violet’s skills, ability to adapt, and vicious resolve can possibly stop the onslaught this rogue AI unleashes on the world.

The average user has little idea that there is a much darker area within cyberspace. Most people are simply focused on how much access they can have and how deeply connected they can be with little, if any, concern for the truth of the threat space in which they operate.

Consumers must pay attention to the truths of what can and is happening in this active cyber battlefield. In addition to this threat, there is a real need to break down what is technically possible with artificial intelligence in the realm of cyber threat actors and operations. Many books have been written as warfare books, which ignore the intricacies and dependencies of cyberspace and kinetic combat in today’s world.

This new work of fiction is a scenario about how cyber warfare, cybersecurity, and AI interplay and come together when leveraged by bad actors. The chapters include a narrative that spans points in the hero’s life when serving in the national security/intelligence communities, countering cybercriminal actions, and building and deploying secure systems to counter malicious threat actions.

If you like resilient heroes, technology, and intrigue then you’ll love this book’s fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled rush. Of course, I don’t want to give away the ending, but if more people than just my mom and I read this book, there may just be a sequel.


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About Chase Cunningham

Creator of the Zero Trust eXtended framework and a cybersecurity expert with decades of operational experience in NSA, US Navy, FBI Cyber, and other government mission groups, Chase is responsible for Ericom’s overall strategy and technology alignment. Chase was previously VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research; Director of Threat Intelligence for Armor; Director of Cyber Analytics for Decisive Analytics; and Chief Cryptologic Technician, US Navy. He’s author of the Cynja series and Cyber Warfare: Truth, Tactics, and Strategies.

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