30 Aug 2021

August 2021 OODA Loop Monthly Meeting Generates Actionable Insights Into A Chaotic World

OODA Network members are invited to participate in a monthly video call 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 reporting on member needs.

The August monthly meeting focused on issues around Afghanistan and the many geopolitical and business related elements of these chaotic events. Members also discussed topics in the OODA C-Suite Report.

This post was generated from the OODA Network Member monthly meeting and access is restricted accordingly. If you are an OODA Subscriber, but not a member of our expert network, you will not be able to access this content.

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27 Aug 2021

Randall Fort on The Future of the Metaverse And Its Cybersecurity and Intelligence Implications

In this OODAcast we glean lessons learned and insights into the future of the Metaverse and its implications from Randall Fort. Fort is a seasoned security, intelligence and technology leader known for his grasp of enterprise mission needs and his ability to track the rapid advancing capabilities of technology to meet those needs. His background includes time as the director of global security for Goldman Sachs. He also led one of the most highly regarded teams of analysts in the world, the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Randy later worked at Raytheon and is now now the COO of QWERX.

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24 Aug 2021

Global Supply Chain Sensemaking Page – an OODALoop Dynamic Resource

This page serves as a dynamic resource for OODA Network members looking for Global Supply Chain information to drive their decision-making process. It is in a formative stage, with recent developments and previous OODALoop coverage and analysis grouped into the following categories:   Pandemic Disruptions; Technology, Platforms and Supply Chain Intelligence; Case Study:  The Global Semiconductors Supply Chain; Supply Chains and Forced Labor; and National Security and Critical Infrastructure.  

These categories will evolve into the usual suite of resources authored expressly for a Sensemaking resource page (Business Advantage, Decisionmaker’s Guide, Executive Guides, etc.).  If you would like to recommend a resource, please email us at info@ooda.com.  

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24 Aug 2021

Bitskrieg: The New Challenge of Cyberwarfare by Dr. John Arquilla

Since authoring the seminal Cyberwar is Coming! in 1993, Dr. John Arquilla has been on the forefront of thinking about the digital domain and the conflicts that now occurring on a daily basis.  His expertise on the subject of “netwar” and “swarming” tactics have been revolutionary, serving as a military consultant and now teaching courses on national security and defense analysis.  In Cyberwar is Coming!, Dr. Arquilla understood that the digital world and the information world were inherently tied together, a relationship that would only intertwine and strengthen the more advanced and the technology became.  Indeed, the multiple and diverse influence operations that transpired during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections proved testament to his thoughts, showing how cyber-enabled information campaigns could “disrupt, damage, or modify what a target population ‘knows’ or thinks it knows about itself and the world around it.”  These remarks were very prescient indeed, considering they were written more than 20 years before the U.S. victimization of such campaigns by Russian and other foreign interests. 

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23 Aug 2021

DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) releases Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Strategic Plan Amidst Flurry of USG-wide AI/ML RFIs

An artificial intelligence security strategy (see “Securing AI – Four Areas to Focus on Right Now”) should be the cornerstone of any AI and machine learning (ML) efforts within your enterprise.  We also recently outlined the need for enterprises to further operationalize the logging and analysis of artificial intelligence (AI) related accidents and incidents based on an “AI Accidents” framework from the Georgetown University CSET. The best analysis is a sophisticated body of work on AI-related issues of morality, ethics, fairness, explainable and interpretable AI, bias, privacy, adversarial behaviors, trust, fairness, evaluation, testing and compliance.

As far as governmental contributions, what should be encouraging to industry players is the fact that AI/ML strategy is now very actionable at the policy, research and development and strategic partnership level across the USG. 

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20 Aug 2021

Amr Awadallah On The Biggest Challenges And Opportunities in Enterprise IT Today

In this OODAcast we examine lessons learned as a startup founder and insights into the future of technology with Amr Awadallah. Amr Awadallah is widely known as a founder of Cloudera. Prior to that he was working on extreme scale data solutions for Yahoo. Most recently he was VP for Developer Relations at Google Cloud. Amr has a BS in EE from Cairo University, an MS in Computer Engineering from Cairo University, and a PhD EE from Stanford University. His experiences in tech and company leadership put him in the perfect position to help bring actionable insights to decision-makers today.

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19 Aug 2021

“AI Accidents” framework from the Georgetown University CSET

The Center for Security and Emerging Technology) (CSET)  in a July 2021 policy brief, “AI Accidents:  An Emerging Threat – What Could Happen and What to Do,” makes a noteworthy contribution to current efforts by governmental entities, industry, AI think tanks and academia to  “name and frame” the critical issues surrounding AI risk probability and impact.  For the current enterprise, as we pointed out as early as 2019 in Securing AI – Four Areas to Focus on Right Now, the fact still remains that “having a robust AI security strategy is a precursor that positions the enterprise to address these critical AI issues.”   In addition, enterprises which have adopted and deployed AI systems also need to commit to the systematic logging and analysis of AI-related accidents and incidents.

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18 Aug 2021

Black Hat and Def Con 2021 – Observations and Trends

The Black Hat and Def Con cybersecurity events are the most highly anticipated of the year.  Each event had an in-person component this year and OODA CEO Matt Devost provides his observations from each event.

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17 Aug 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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16 Aug 2021

The Privatization of Cyber Tools and Operations Further Muddies Attribution Efforts

The recent exposure of NSO, the Israeli company that developed the Pegasus mobile phone spyware, has again brought to the forefront private companies that develop and sell their technology to “only” governments and licensed law enforcement entities for the purposes of spying and surveilling targets of interest.  While ostensibly Pegasus can be used against criminal and terrorist elements, recent revelations show how such technology can be bent to the will of its operators.  In this instance, the spyware was sold to authoritarian regimes to target human rights activists, journalists, religious figures, academics, and attorneys, among others, with approximately 50,000 individuals being targeted by the spyware since 2016, according to a data leak.  Per one report, Pegasus malware targeted as many as 14 heads of state, as well, implying a cyber espionage angle to the malware’s use.  An expose on NSO that manufactured Pegasus revealed that the company cited “cyberwarfare” as its business model.  There seems little doubt as to the intent of Pegasus and how it has been marketed to potential clients.

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