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Randall Fort on The Future of the Metaverse And Its Cybersecurity and Intelligence Implications

Randall Fort is a seasoned security, intelligence and technology leader known for his grasp of enterprise mission needs and his ability to track the rapid advancing capabilities of technology to meet those needs. His background includes time as the director of global security for Goldman Sachs. He also led one of the most highly regarded teams of analysts in the world, the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Randy later worked at Raytheon and is now now the COO of QWERX. He has also been a long standing member of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee.

Topics we discussed included:

  • The nature of changes in both the physical and cybersecurity world that began in the mid 1990’s and continue to this day
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, with a focus on the organizational dynamics that have kept this small group performing at a masterful level
  • Views on the cyber threat and concepts for mitigating key elements of the threat
  • An examination of the megatrends of technology and where the convergence of multiple tech trends may be taking us
  • Things the US intelligence community should be considering when it comes to future mission sets and the technologies required to prosecute them.
  • The nature of the metaverse, from its beginnings in scifi to its state today to the very near future and beyond

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Bob Gourley is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of OODA LLC, the technology research and advisory firm with a focus on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity which publishes OODALoop.com and CTOvision.com. Bob is the author of the book The Cyber Threat. Bob has been an advisor to dozens of successful high tech startups and has conducted enterprise cybersecurity assessments for businesses in multiple sectors of the economy. He was a career Naval Intelligence Officer and is the former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency.