Jan Chipchase is the founder and director of Studio D Radiodurans, a research, design and innovation consultancy. He specializes in identifying nuanced patterns of human behavior. The insight it generates informs and inspires design, strategy, brand and public policy. Jan describes his work in design anthropology in terms of a satellite launched into space that is chartered with identifying new planets, existential threats, but with a lens that can also be turned back on earth to help his clients also understand themselves.
In what felt like coordinated attacks last Friday, data-wiping malware (masquerading as ransomware) hit Ukrainian government organizations and was quickly followed by an aggressive unattributed cyber attack on Ukrainian government sites. The attacks prompted the release of a CISA Insights Bulletin urging U.S. organizations to strengthen their cybersecurity defenses.
The White House announced that the President has signed National Security Memorandum (NSM) 8, “Improving the Cybersecurity of National Security, Department of Defense and Intelligence Community Systems.” The Memorandum provides the Director of the NSA, General Paul M. Nakasone, in his role as the National Manager for National Security Systems (NSS), with enhanced insight and authorities to better safeguard networks across the U.S. Government that contain classified information or are otherwise critical to military and intelligence activities.
The 19 January 2022 OODA Salon featured Dr. Jennifer Buss, CEO of the Potomac Institute.
Dr. Buss is a long term friend and OODA network member who has contributed insight to the greater national security community for years. As leader of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, she guides an organization with a stellar reputation for S&T policy research. The institute identifies and leads discussions on S&T and national security issues facing our society, providing an academic forum to enable evidence based recommendations.
Once again, we present to you the annual OODA Almanac which is intended to be a quirky forecasting of themes that the OODA Network think will be emergent in 2022. Our 2021 Almanac had some great frameworks for understanding the year ahead with lots of compelling insights. The theme for this year is surviving and thriving in an age of exponential disruption. It seems that everything is getting disrupted; national security, economic security, technology, culture and media. New ideas are old and old ideas are new. Here’s our take for 2022.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is holding virtual mini-Industry Day events throughout this year. These events will allow CISA and industry to have meaningful discussions about cybersecurity capabilities, challenges, top priorities, requirements, and technologies as well as future business opportunities. The first Virtual Mini-Industry Day will be Wednesday, January 26, at 10 a.m. (EST).
The Global Cyber Criminal Threat: Interpol, Europol and European Nations Step Up to the Plate in 2022
Two recent developments in the fight against global ransomware criminal organizations should filter into your organization’s risk awareness relative to the events in Europe and the overall cyber threat worldwide.
Initial Access Brokers (IAB) are poised to become a force in 2022, due to a unique skill set that positions them as a valuable commodity for the deployment of hostile cybercrime activity. IABs serve as middlemen, specializing in the exploitation of victims and gaining initial entry. Once achieved and sustained, these actors sell these unique accesses to interested customers on dark web forums and markets. In this capacity, they execute the first phase of a cyber-attack chain, performing the necessary research prior to conducting an operation. Emilio Iaisiello explores the implications of the growth of IABs.
We are conscious of our need to keep our usual variety of News Brief and OODA Analysis, but for obvious reasons, this week is top-heavy with Russian, NATO, and Ukrainian coverage. We intend on keeping our focus on providing context you need vice the blow by blow of major moves. Like in other domains we endeavor to provide the “So What?” and “What’s Next?” you need to help drive your decisions.
OODA’s experts have decades of experience in geopolitical risk, including deep experience in the US intelligence community which resulted in foundational knowledge on Russian culture, history and motivations. We maintain awareness of current thinking of analysts in and around the intelligence community through community events, email lists and video meetings, and have been pulled into an almost daily dialog with experts on how things may unfold in Europe because of Russia’s actions here.
The Everyday Astronaut’s Tim Dodd is your color commentator for this archived live stream of the James Webb Space Telescope | Ariane 5 ECA launch from Christmas Day a few weeks ago.