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01 Dec 2021

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Gains Private Sector Traction and Other Noteworthy Cyber Efforts from the Institute

In our recent OODA Loop Stratigame – Scenario Planning for Global Computer Chip Supply Chain Disruption – in all four scenarios we determined that public-private partnership in the cybersecurity marketplace, including the establishment of industry-wide frameworks and standards, will be crucial. Organizations like the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will figure prominently in such efforts – and that means scanning the horizon for worthwhile government cybersecurity efforts which make sense for your company’s design innovation process, business models, and ideas around value creation and capture. To start, there is plenty of activity over at NIST related to cybersecurity worth a review.

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01 Dec 2021

Strategic Issues With Compromise Of Data From DNA Diagnostics Center’s Genetic Testing Database

Ohio-based DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) recently reported that in August 2021, the company detected potential unauthorized access to its network, during which there was unauthorized access and acquisition of an archived database that contained personal information collected between 2004 and 2012. There are issues with security associated with life sciences data. We hit some very big ones here.

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30 Nov 2021

CalTech and NASA Approaching Significant Benchmarks in Space-based Solar Power Efforts

The CalTech Space-based Solar Power Project (SSPP) approaches a significant milestone in developing technology capable of generating solar power in space and beaming it back to Earth: A test launch of prototypes that collect sunlight and convert it to electrical energy and transfer energy wirelessly in free-space using radio frequency (RF) electrical power. SPSS’s first test will occur in early 2023. NASA also has a major benchmark in solar-powered space travel approaching.  In August 2022, a NASA probe called Psyche will set out to explore a giant metallic asteroid called Psyche 16. Solar power will help propel Psyche into deep space and will be among the first of NASA’s deep-space missions to use solar energy for both onboard operations and propulsion.

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30 Nov 2021

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of UK GCHQ, Releases 2021 Annual Review

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), was created in 2016 as part of the UK’s 5-year National Cyber Security Strategy.  Self-described as “the UK’s technical authority for cyber security,”  the NCSC has put out an annual review every year since its inception. In this year’s report,  “Annual Review 2021: Making the UK the safest place to live and work online”, the NCSC, as part of a national security agency, is unable to disclose all its work publicly, but seeks in the annual review “to describe the year with insights and facts from  colleagues inside and out of the organization.”

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29 Nov 2021

Top 10 Security, Technology, and Business Books of 2021

Welcome to the 2021 edition of my top 10 books of the year list. This year’s list includes 8 non-fiction and 2 fiction books as I believe fiction can always inform our perspectives on security, technology, and business. If I had to define one theme for this year, I would say it is “disruption” as many of the books that resonated with me dealt with past, current, and future disruption. In fact, this year I also developed a new presentation entitled “Surviving Exponential Disruption” so it is clear I’ve got disruption on my mind.

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