28 Sep 2022

Mergeflow CEO and OODA Network Member Florian Wolf on “Small Data” (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of this interview, we checked in with Mergeflow CEO and OODA Network Member Florian Wolf about all things machine learning and small data.

In Part 2, we continue the conversation with Florian spanning a wide range of topics, including the real-life lessons of machine learning innovation, the centrality of data, problem-solving over performance as the competitive while developing ML systems, leading a team, what keeps him up at night, what he is tracking and what he is excited and hopeful about in the future.

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28 Sep 2022

Russian Attack On Undersea Energy Infrastructure Means Businesses Should Prepare For More Infrastructure Attacks (including Space and Undersea comms)

You don’t have to wait for a CISA advisory to act! Act now!

Russia’s sabotage of the Nordstream pipelines in the Baltic were probably done for many reasons. Just prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine they conducted tests of space based attack systems. Now they have shown they can attack undersea system and will do so when they want. For planning purposes we can assess the attacks were done to signal that Russia does not care about EU as a market so no sanctions can be levied that will matter. The attack also signals that Russia does not care about the environment, which may be a signal that they would not care in the least if nuclear fallout from a tactical nuclear weapon against Ukraine blows over Russia. The attack also distracts resources from the EU to deal with and will be a distraction.

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27 Sep 2022

Will the United States Ever Accept that Cyber Espionage Is Vital for China’s National Security?

China’s national security interests revolve around three core issues: its national sovereignty, the security of its sovereign interests, and its economic growth.  Current President Xi Jinping has repeatedly used the word “national security” in speeches before the Chinese Communist Party to underscore its importance to China’s continued rise as a global leader.  According to a recent study, Xi added five new areas to its national security interest to the original 11 announced in 2011. 

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27 Sep 2022

NSA sets 2035 post-quantum cryptography deadline; Joint Advisories with CISA and FBI

The debate about the “dual hat” leadership structure of the NSA and Cyber Command has evolved into a study group effort (announced by the White House this week) to review the fact that “both Cyber Command and NSA have always been helmed by the same military officer, a role currently filled by Army Gen. Paul Nakasone. That practice has been enshrined in law, but has rankled some within the clandestine community.” OODA Loop will keep the membership abreast of the results of that review. 

In the meantime, we are not without  plenty of developments over at the NSA which will impact current cyber security conditions and the future of national security

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26 Sep 2022

Commerce, NIST and Implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022

There were many vital takeaways from our recent What’s Next? interview with Dr. Melissa Flagg and Dr. Jennifer Buss on the Chips and Science Act of 2022, but the most crucial insights from Flagg and Buss were about the future role of the Department of Commerce and the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is housed at Commerce) in the implementation of the legislation.

The implementation of the Chips and Science Act of 202 is, arguably, a marathon not a sprint (although the three to five-year timeline of the law is structured as a spring, which is a telling data point in and of itself). OODA Loop is tracking this implementation phase.  In the last few weeks, Commerce and NIST both provided the following signals and outcomes.

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25 Sep 2022

The Executive’s Guide To Artificial Intelligence: What you need to know about what really works and what comes next

Introduction The megatrend of Artificial Intelligence is transforming the algorithms of business in exciting ways. This reference, aimed at the business decision-maker, will help you make the most of AI in your organization. It provides clear articulations of fundamental concepts, succinct examples of highly impactful use cases, and tips you

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23 Sep 2022

The September 2022 OODA Network Member Meeting: Dr. Bilyana Lilly Presents Research on Russian Information Warfare

OODA hosts a monthly video call to help members optimize opportunities and reduce risk to discuss items of common interest to our membership. These highly collaborative sessions are always a great way for our members to meet and interact with each other while talking about topics like global risks, emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and current or future events impacting their organizations. We also use these sessions to help better focus our research and better understand member needs.

To encourage openness of discussion, these sessions take place with Chatham House rules, where participants are free to use the information in the meeting but are asked not to directly quote or identify other participants (we also keep privacy in mind when preparing summaries of these sessions, like the one that follows).

The September call (held on Friday, September 16th) had a unique format, with Dr. Bilyana Lilly presenting to the OODA Network on the topic of Russian Information Warfare: Questions, Cases, Frameworks, and Conclusions – which is also the subject of her new book,  Russian Information Warfare: Assault on Democracies in the Cyber Wild West.

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22 Sep 2022

Mergeflow CEO and OODA Network Member Florian Wolf on “Small Data” (Part 1 of 2)

On multiple occasions, OODA Network member Florian Wolf has presented to the OODA Network membership on the topic of small data.  An evangelist and subject matter expert on the topic, Wolf is the CEO of Mergeflow, a company he founded in 2007, where he is responsible for company strategy and product design.   Wolf has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences from MIT and is a former research associate in Computer Science and Genetics at the University of Cambridge. Some of his work at MIT was funded by DARPA and he is a member of the Global Panel at MIT Technology Review.  Mergeflow initially developed analytics software for hedge fund investors. We recently checked in with Florian on all things machine learning and “small data”.

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22 Sep 2022

New Open-Source Report Documents China’s Decades-long Success with Human Targeting Efforts

According to a recent open-source report from Strider Technologies, “The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is employing a Talent Superpower Strategy designed to incentivize academics, researchers, and scientists to go abroad, deepen their expertise, and return to China to advance its strategic interests. What began in the 1980s as a program to send young talent overseas has evolved to incorporate initiatives that seek to harness these individuals’ efforts for China’s gain and, ultimately, encourage them to return to the PRC to work in key technology sectors.”

A recent report from NBC News is worth a watch and can be found here, along with a link to the report.

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21 Sep 2022

Orbital Space Debris: Recent Events, Research and Policy

Space debris has been a topic of conversation since a 2021 OODA Network member monthly conversation, when Leo Labs, a global, ground-based radar to track space junk business model was discussed in the context of the Russian anti-satellite [ASAT] test which broke up their Cosmos 1408 satellite, resulting in an in orbit, debris-generating event that put the International Space Station at risk.

This post is an update on recent space debris events and headlines and ongoing research efforts and U.S.-based policy proposals.

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