This panel of experts at OODAcon lead a thoughtful discussion on industrial policy that resulted in insights that can inform broad action in improving American innovation while protecting it for the use of open societies. Topics discussed will also be informative to any technology company seeking to do business with the US government.
This panel at OODAcon brought together pioneering experts with ideas we believe hold the potential to cause order of magnitude improvements in cybersecurity posture. We the ensuing discussion resulted in actionable insights you can put in place in your organization immediately to kickstart your journey in mitigating cyber risk.
The panel included discussion on:
– Insights from behavioral science and human nature relevant to organizational leadership, career development and training for mitigating risks
– Why modern red teaming provides the only useful security metric today
– Ways to make cyber threat intelligence actionable
– How to automate actions in the network
On 18 November 2020 members of the OODA loop community gathered in a virtual event to discuss strategic factors critical to informed decision-making in the current era. Our goal: generate insights that can help leaders better understand markets, tech trends and geopolitical dynamics in a way that enables appropriate action.
OODAcon aligned well with the overall goal of our site, enabling another venue to gather the hackers, thinkers, strategists, disruptors, leaders, technologists, and creators from our network. The result was a good exchange of ideas based around the multidisciplinary approach we have become known for.
This event was made possible by our community of subscribers and the event’s sponsors. Sponsorship was provided by Centripetal Networks, Percipient, QuintessenceLabs, Data Defense Solutions and Garrison.
The opening session included a review of topics getting high traffic on the OODAloop.com site and trends we see causing that demand. We also reviewed insights from our OODAcast series and factors we believe will be key. This scene setting opening was followed by two panels, one on cybersecurity and one focused on the new strategies coming out of the government to protect critical technologies. This was followed by deep dives into topics of quantum effects, board leadership, AI and 5G.
Like many others we have observed first hand the positive changes in the cybersecurity community being enabled by Mari Galloway. In this OODAcast we look beyond those changes to find out what makes her tick, revealing lessons applicable to professionals in any stage of their career.
Mari is the CEO and a founding board member for the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC), one of the fastest growing 501c3 non-profit cybersecurity communities. WSC is dedicated to bringing more women and girls to cyber and does so by providing its members with the resources and support required to enter and advance as a cybersecurity professional.
Mari is a practitioner herself with an academic background in technology, multiple certifications, and, more importantly, years of direct hands on experience in mitigating risk and enabling the smooth functioning of enterprise operations.
Jerry Davis has spent decades succeeding in hard jobs supporting critically important missions. He is a decorated combat Veteran who served in he US Marines for 11 years including in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He also served in the Central Intelligence Agency in service to world wide missions including leveraging technology in denied areas against high profile targets. Jerry would later become the first CISO at the US Department of Education, then the CISO for NASA and later the CISO for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He returned to NASA as the CIO for the Ames Research Center, a position he held till 2018.
Michael Sexton is the Cyber Program Director at the Middle East Institute. His latest book Cyber War & Cyber Peace in the Middle East: Digital Conflict in the Cradle of Civilization, is an anthology of essays examining flashpoints and developments in conflict in the cyber domain in the Middle East in the past 10 years. Following the broad scope of the Middle East Institute’s Cyber Program, the book examines not only traditionally defined cyber warfare, but also information operations, authoritarian control of cyberspace, and surveillance issues. This is a solid chronicle the history of this new domain in the unique geopolitical setting of the Middle East. Readers will be informed on history and better able to dialog on policy proposals that can make for a more peaceful and equitable cyberspace.
Any OODA Network member who would like a free copy of this book can receive one by providing your mailing address at the Google form at this link.
Matt Devost and I started the OODAcast in March 2020 as a way of highlighting insights and lessons learned from leaders and decision-makers in our network. At the time of this writing we have posted 40 episodes of the OODAcast, and continue production of one expert interview a week. We
Paul Kurtz is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity and the Co-Founder and Chairman of TruSTAR. In this OODAcast we dive into Paul’s views on the cybersecurity landscape today and learn more about his approach to decision-making. We discuss a new concept he has been shepherding in the community regarding how cyber intelligence can be optimized for the benefit of any organization. We also extract lessons relevant for any leader who wants to make better, more accurate and actionable decisions in competitive environments.
The Joint DHS, FBI, HHS advisory on the malicious targeting of the US public health sector by criminals using ransomware should cause immediate tactical action by cyber defenders in the medical and healthcare community. It also signals the need for strategic actions by executives in these and other sectors. It could also change the dynamic around how governments view these attacks with impactful targeting being designated as terrorist activity.
Rear Admiral Paul Becker, USN (Retired), is an author, speaker and board member with extensive experience in intelligence operations. During his 30 year career as a naval intelligence officer he lead major operational intelligence efforts, rising to the position of Director of Intelligence (J2) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Upon retirement from the Navy he formed a consultancy delivering solutions and lessons learned around intelligence to corporate America.