08 Dec 2021

The New Normal? Unique New Responses to Massive, Global Cyber Theft, Data Breach and Espionage Activities (Part 2 of 3)

In this post, we break down the recent BitMart Cryptocurrency Heist. Our working analogy? The automobile and the Thompson Submachine Gun were the crucial, democratically available technological innovations that the mob leveraged during the “Golden Age of Bank Robberies” in the U.S. Newfound auto horsepower and the number of bullets fired per minute (from the floorboard design innovation on most new car models of the era) equaled the invention of the bank robbery, the getaway car, and the high-speed chase – all new law enforcement problems at the time, not much unlike the current inventions used for cryptocurrency heists today.

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07 Dec 2021

Supply Chain and Cybersecurity Resilience: Palantir-backed Analytics Platform Partnership and DoD CMMC 2.0 Announced

Two recent developments speak to both a market-driven and governmental response to the vital operational role technology, innovation, standardization, and collaboration will play in a transition to 1) a resilient supply chain that mitigates risk in the global IT supply chain; and 2) cybersecurity processes to protect the defense industrial base. We provide a brief analysis of both developments:  The Athinia Platform and the DoD Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 Program.

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07 Dec 2021

The New Normal? Unique New Responses to Massive, Global Cyber Theft, Data Breach and Espionage Activities (Part 1 of 3)

New headlines point to a new ‘right-sizing” in the scale, severity, and/or sophistication of responses (legal, fiduciary, corporate, and citizen-led) to some of the more spectacular cyber incidents of the last few months. Following is a brief breakdown of three big recent headlines.

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06 Dec 2021

Nate Fick on Company Culture, the Cybersecurity Community, Endgame/Elastic and Emerging Cyber Threats (Part 2 of 2)

In March 2021, Matt Devost had an OODAcast conversation with Nate Fick, whose career has been eclectic with a throughline of demonstrating superior leadership abilities in a diverse array of successful opportunities. Nate is currently a General Manager at Elastic, having joined the firm with their acquisition of Endgame where he served as CEO. After graduating from Dartmouth, Nate joined the military and served as a USMC officer. His service in the military is chronicled in his New York Times best-selling book, One Bullet Away.

In Part II of this conversation, Matt and Nate discuss building a company culture, leadership in the cybersecurity community, the business model and value creation/capture play that is the Endgame/Elastic merger and emerging threats in cyber.

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03 Dec 2021

Nate Fick on His Early Career, Writing ‘One Bullet Away’, The Stoics and Dynamic Leadership (Part 1 of 2)

In March 2021, Matt Devost had an OODAcast conversation with Nate Fick, whose career has been eclectic with a throughline of demonstrating superior leadership abilities in a diverse array of successful opportunities. Nate is currently a General Manager at Elastic, having joined the firm with their acquisition of Endgame where he served as CEO. After graduating from Dartmouth, Nate joined the military and served as a USMC officer. His service in the military is chronicled in his New York Times best-selling book, One Bullet Away.

We continue our effort to underscore certain patterns and themes found throughout the OODAcast library of over 90 conversations with leaders and decision-makers, on topics such as leadership, clear decision-making while operating in a low information environment, future threats, and strategic action. In Part I of this conversation, Matt and Nate discuss lessons learned from leading a non-profit, writing One Bullet Away, Stoicism, and dynamic leadership. 

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03 Dec 2021

Commerce Secretary Raimondo Urges Passage of CHIPs Act, Praises Samsung $17B Fab and Updates on Agency’s Chip Policy

Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary, recently urged Congress to pass the CHIPs Act, which she argues will enhance U.S. competitiveness, strengthen national defense and create high wage, high skilled jobs. A recent presentation in Detroit by the Commerce Secretary, “Investing in American Manufacturing and Closing the Innovation Divide,” was designed for auto industry executives hit hard by the semiconductor shortage that is only getting worse. Recent policies are further positive signs that the chip shortage and the need to strategically increase domestic chip production are being taken seriously by the Commerce Secretary and her org chart at the agency.

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02 Dec 2021

Global IT Supply Chain Disruptions Should Bolster Innovation and Cybersecurity with North American Allies

Global IT supply chain disruptions (ransomware, semiconductor shortages) necessitate business leaders and policymakers to take a fresh look at the Information Communications Technology (ICT) and Cybersecurity Strategy for North America. What are the ICT innovation and investment climates in Mexico and Canada?  Is ICT investment part of the solution for the creation of regional economic development initiatives in Central America? ICT and Cybersecurity “trade” agreements need to take center stage in all multilateral policy interactions in the hemisphere in the next few years. Ryan Berg from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has released a timely report on these issues.

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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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