09 Dec 2021

CSET Introduces a “Disinformation Kill Chain”

AI and disinformation are the timely subjects of a new series of policy briefs from the CSET. Part I of the series, AI and the Future of Disinformation Campaigns, Part 1: The RICHDATA Framework, was just released.  Disinformation is not new, of course, but the scale and severity seem to have reached a zenith, broadsiding contemporary politics, public health policy, and many other domains.  You name it, disinformation is in the mix scrambling truth and reality.

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08 Dec 2021

Security Directives Give Needed Cybersecurity Attention to Rail Services 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued two Directives focusing on the cybersecurity of both passenger and freight railroads. These directives are designed to help TSA and CISA feed technical intelligence such as indicators of compromise and vulnerability information back to the rail system customers to bolster their cybersecurity capabilities. At a time when increased cyber-attacks are being conducted against civilian critical infrastructure by both nation-states and cybercriminal actors, railway cybersecurity has gone neglected for far too long, particularly as more noteworthy attacks have occurred against other critical infrastructures.

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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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04 Dec 2021

The OODA C-Suite Report: Operational Intelligence for Decision-Makers

What is the value of an informed decision? At OODA Loop, we seek to surface decision intelligence that provides meaningful perspective for leaders and analysts looking to make the most informed decisions possible. The topics examined in this assessment represent developments that fit the category of operating in a VUCA world, identifying and responding to Gray Rhino risks, or opportunities from advancements in emerging technology domains. These are issues we think our members should be tracking and map to collection requirements for our team to keep you as informed as possible.

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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

Jahon Jamali On Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the Coming Metaverse

Jahon Jamali is a leading expert on emerging technologies, global risk management and international relations. He began his career as a U.S. Intelligence Officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency. He also has extensive experience in the high tech community creating and growing startups through to successful exits. All this makes him an even more credible authority when it comes to seeking the trends that are moving technology, business and government operations forward. This discussion examines the role of Bitcoin and Ethereum in finance today and the especially important need for cryptocurrencies to provide a trust layer for the Internet.

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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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