06 Mar 2020

OODA Network Interview: Mike Steinmetz

Mike’s story is pretty unique:  from budding musician to Navy Fighter Jet Pilot to Information Operations and Cyber.  

“The CISO must understand the lens with which the Board sees risk!  Many CISO’s are focused down-and-in, when they should be delegating those efforts to their qualified operations managers and architecture teams.  The CISO’s job is to translate the needs to the CFO and the CEO.”

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05 Mar 2020

The Best Analysis Regarding the Business Impact of Coronavirus COVID-19

The Corona Virus is already causing significant business impact across every sector of the economy, with disproportionate impact against sectors like transportation and hospitality.  At OODA, we’ve been tracking all new developments and consulting with our expert network to derive essential elements of information that can inform your decision making process.  The document below represents the best single-source of analysis on the global business and health impact of COVID-19 we have encountered.    On February 13, we queried OODA Network Expert Dr. Peter Katona, who has spent 30 years working these issue in a medical, academic, and public health capacity.  We asked him what three metrics OODA analysts and our OODA Network members should be tracking to assess the global impacts of COVID-19. He indicated those three metrics should be

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04 Mar 2020

CISA Issues Alert on Preventing Maze Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an alert to government and commercial organizations  around the Maze ransomware threat which has been impacting organizations since October 2019.  Included in the alert is a list of IP addresses, domain names, and file hashes that organizations can block in order to prevent successful attacks.

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28 Feb 2020

Living in the Future

I don’t consider myself a futurist, but thinking about the future has been an essential component of my career and supports a broad range of strategic thinking in the domains of cyber and geopolitical risk, threat intelligence, and business planning.  I’ve taken to calling these future brainstorming mental models “living in the future” and the approach has been adapted into our HACKthink methodology as well to help organizations derive the essential actions needed to arrive at a future outcome.

The focus for our conference this year is “Future Proof”, so I thought it would be interesting to take a retrospective look at a blog post I wrote over 10 years ago called “We all live in the future now” to see how well the analysis stood the test of time. 

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20 Feb 2020

OODA Network Interview: Paul Kurtz

While at the White House, Paul witnessed first hand the tragic consequences of poor intelligence sharing: the attacks on September 11th.  He’s convinced that this is MUCH harder in the Cyber arena.  He created TruSTAR to help enterprises attain a comprehensive view of what’s going on.  Read about how he built up to these solutions in this OODA Network Expert interview.

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19 Feb 2020

Is Organized Crime Using Ransomware to Take Real World Competitors Offline?

What does the ransomware incidents at GWK Travelex and Gedia Automotive tell us about the evolution of ransomware trends, and the players behind the attacks?  Viewed from their individual incident cases it may appear that the only characteristics the businesses share was that they were both vulnerable and both hit by the same group.  But what if we’re wrong about that?  What if these two dissembler businesses share a third characteristic?  What if both of these businesses were attacked because they are infringing on the black markets of organized crime barons, who like the Las Vegas Casino organized crime barons before them, are now using their “muscle” against legitimate business operations who compete against them?  The lucrative black markets of money laundering and grey and black market automotive parts. What if the motivation for using ransomware attacks expanded beyond the return of a potential ransom paid?  Has the use of ransomware evolved into an asymmetric threat?  Is ransomware being used in a destructive capacity to disrupt the supply chain and business competitors of organized crime entities?

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14 Feb 2020

An Executive’s Guide To Cognitive Bias in Decision Making

Cognitive Bias and the errors in judgement they produce are seen in every aspect of human decision-making, including in the business world. Companies that have a better understanding of these cognitive biases can optimize decision making at all levels of the organization, leading to better performance in the market. Companies that ignore the impact these biases have on corporate decision-making put themselves at unnecessary risk. This post by OODA Co-Founder Bob Gourley provides personal insights into key biases as well as mitigation strategies you can put in place right now.

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07 Feb 2020

Election Security Initiatives are Falling Short According to New Government Report

The Government Accountability Office has warned that CISA planning is falling short of what is needed to secure the 2020 Presidential election.  Delays in developing strategic and operational plans and a lack of staff focused on election security initiatives makes it likely that election security mission aspirations will fall short.  Notably, GAO warns that “CISA will not be well-positioned to execute a nationwide strategy for securing election infrastructure prior to the start of 2020 election activities.”

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07 Feb 2020

OODA Special Report: How the Coronavirus will impact your mid to long range strategic planning

We see no reliable sources providing insights that can help organizations plan strategically for how to react to the Coronavirus outbreak. This special report is provided as an aid to kickstarting your corporate efforts in strategic planning around the coronavirus specifically and other potential pandemics more generally.

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30 Jan 2020

OODA Network Interview: Brian Dolan

Brian’s AI Startup Studio, Verdant AI, is forging new ground! He vets problems, finds solutions and spins off companies tailor-made for success as he goes.  Instead of talking about AI, he’s making AI work in a lot of different capacities!  In this OODA Network Expert interview, Brian discusses his career progression and how to realize the benefits of AI.

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