18 Dec 2020

Russian Espionage Campaign: SolarWinds

The SolarWinds hacks have been described in every media outlet and new source, making this incident perhaps the most widely reported cyber incident to date. This report provides context on this incident, including the “so-what” of the incident and actionable insights into what likely comes next.

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18 Dec 2020

OODAcast: Mischel Kwon, Founder and CEO of W@tchTower

In this OODAcast we interview Michel Kwon, the founder and CEO of W@tchTower. She is a leader who has proven herself through an ability to success in three different career fields, first as a developer and programmer creating enterprise grade solutions, then as a government executive who would eventually lead the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)during a critical period in its transformation, and now as CEO.

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16 Dec 2020

Expert Practitioner Junaid Islam Discusses 5G Security and Functionality at OODAcon

Junaid Islam has 30 years of experience in secure communications. His protocols, algorithms and architectures have been incorporated into a broad range of commercial and national security systems. In the 90s he developed the first implementation of Multi-Level Precedence and Preemption (MLPP) for US Department of Defense C2 applications. He developed the first working Mobile IPv6 client to enable fast hand-off as well as IPv6 address scrambling for high side networks for the DoD’s Netcentric Warfare program. He developed the first network-based Zero Trust Architecture using Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) which was adopted by NIST for their Zero Trust specification 800-207.

In this video Junaid highlights some of the most important use cases for 5G and also discusses what CEOs, business leaders and government experts should know about the security and functionality of 5G.

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15 Dec 2020

Can Hacker SIGINT Help Buy-Side Firms Generate Alpha?

As buy-side firms increasingly consume alternative data to glean the next trading edge, options strategies that accurately predict the cyber-risk of investment targets could unleash a wave of alpha for short sellers, threat-intelligence experts say.

Short sellers, or investors that place bets on the price of an asset declining, trade by purchasing ‘put’ options or borrowing securities to sell ‘calls’ on margin. 

But while over a dozen studies have been conducted to examine the impact of cyber-events on corporate share prices, research into how investors might position themselves to profit from the anticipated disclosure of enterprise breaches is virtually non-existent on the surface web.

“…the data we uncover in very dark corners of the internet can be used as a tactical advantage by hedge funds and others.”

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11 Dec 2020

OODAcast: Juan Enriquez On Technology, Ethics and the Future

Juan Enriquez has succeeded as a businessman, academic, author and lecturer. For those who might not have met him via any of his many appearances and presentations, he can be succinctly described as an authority on the economic and political impacts of life sciences and a thinker able to help frame the much needed discussions we all need to have on ethics. He serves on the discovery council at Harvard Medical School and was the founding director of Harvard Business School’s Life Sciences Project. He are currently the managing director of Excel Venture Management, a life sciences VC firm. OODA is a community of practitioners so we want to underscore that he doesn’t just write and talk about tech, he founds and leads companies that create tech, including the firm that made the world’s first synthetic life form.

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11 Dec 2020

The Navy Role in Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2)

All of DoD will embrace JADC2 – resistance is futile.  The Air Force is the main architect, and the Army is gratefully climbing onboard, seeing an advantage to jumping in early and adopting lessons learned for Army advantages.  Meanwhile, the Navy has been doing “JADC2-Like” operations for decades.  Navy will make sure all their existing and future programs can operate in the JADC2 Environment; however, Navy is already confident that their existing “function oriented C2” can work in all-domains.  They have been doing it for years, constantly testing the envelope of various sensor-to-shooter scenarios.  Navy’s uniquely distributed force has always required this type of C2 environment.

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08 Dec 2020

Four National Security Experts Discuss Critical Technologies at OODAcon

This panel of experts at OODAcon lead a thoughtful discussion on industrial policy that resulted in insights that can inform broad action in improving American innovation while protecting it for the use of open societies. Topics discussed will also be informative to any technology company seeking to do business with the US government.

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07 Dec 2020

Top 10 Security, Technology, and Business Books of 2020

The Top 10 Security, Technology, and Business Books of the year is a list compiled by OODA CEO Matt Devost and is typically one of the most popular posts on the site every year. This year, an eclectic list that takes care to avoid pandemic related topics and features some deep cuts that you won’t find anywhere else.

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04 Dec 2020

OODAcast: Masha Sedova, Co-Founder Elevate Security on Human Risk Management

Masha Sedova is an award-winning people-security expert, speaker, and entrepreneur focused on helping companies transform employees from a risk into a key element of defense.

She has been a part of our OODA Network for years, including speaking at our legacy FedCyber event, where she introduced the behavior-based and gamified cybersecurity training and awareness she put in place at Salesforce.

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03 Dec 2020

The Air Force Role in Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2)

We previously wrote that the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) is perhaps the most important program in DoD today. The Air Force plays a particularly important role in developing the JADC2 concept.  They have been designated as the Executive Agent.  That means they will have major input into how the framework is shaped.  Their work will influence every sensor, shooter and network advance the Department of Defense puts forward for the next decade.

Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) is the architecture approach they are using to flush out the JADC2 concept.  Through a carefully structured series of events, they are developing the standards that will enable current and future weapon systems and networks to migrate to a JADC2/Joint All Domain Operations environment.

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