Online ad fraud cost global brands and media companies $42 billion in 2019. Losses are projected to approach $100 billion worldwide by 2023, according to UK-based consultants Juniper Research. The integrity of the digital advertising industry has never been more in doubt. Just as the U.S. Treasury singled out fraud as the leading predicate crime for money laundering in its 2018 National Money Laundering Risk Assessment, proceeds from ad fraud are also reintegrated and rinsed via non-transparent, $336-billion digital media supply chains.
Noted cybersecurity expert Mike Tanji provides context on what to expect from the cybersecurity actions and policies of the Biden Administration. His insights are based on thirty years in the field. He cautions us all to maintain a level of hope, but to not get too worked up about transitions and talk of change. Everyone is all talk until they sit down in the chair and begin to understand exactly what it takes to govern. That said, there are changes that can be expected. Here are a few signals to watch for to see if they will stick.
Last month, the Secretary of the Navy released an interesting and informative document called “ADVANTAGE at Sea: Prevailing with Integrated All-Domain Naval Power”. This strategy is aligned with the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concepts discussed in separate OODA posts, and it combines the interests and intentions of all three Service Chiefs (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) to work together in an integrated manner to achieve “security and prosperity on the seas”.
A new Joint Threat Assessment to the Inauguration notes that the most likely threat to the Presidential Inauguration will be from domestic violent extremists. It also highlights the role of foreign influence is seeding unrest in the United States.
The assessment was prepared by the FBI, DHS, USSS, US Capitol Police(USCP), National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium (NTIC ), Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region ( JFHQ-NCR ), Virginia Fusion Center (VFC) and the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center (NVRIC ), Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC), and US Park Police (USPP).
A full copy of the assessment is included for OODA Members.
Balan Ayyar is the Founder and CEO of Percipient.ai, a Silicon Valley based artificial intelligence firm focused on delivering products and solutions for the most pressing intelligence and national security challenges.
Percipient.ai is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices in Reston, VA.
In this OODAcon discussion Balan describes his approach to how to apply AI to some of the nation’s most significant/serious issues.
Kathy and Randy Pherson are authors of the book Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence. Both had successful careers in the US Intelligence Community. While they were at the CIA they pioneered new methods of risk analysis and analytical methods, and helped bring those methods to widespread adoption in the community. Both are also successful business leaders who created companies that build value for others. Their focus in business is on helping others improve their analytical methods. They write about and teach best practices in analysis.
As the U.S. government parses through the Solar Winds software supply chain breach, many questions still remain as to the motive, the entities targeted, and length of time suspected nation state attackers remained intrenched unseen by the victims. The attack stands at the apex of similar breaches in not only the breadth of organizations compromised (~18,000), but how the attack was executed.
As an adopter of JADC2, Army will play a critical role in visioning the all-domain command and control network of the future. Each iteration will be more robust than the current one. Future versions of JADC2 will need to incorporate more advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning, better all-domain data management and unmanned-manned teaming scenarios.
The 6 January 2021 Capital Storming may be one of the most recorded events in history. Indications are that this is not just a news event, it will have repercussions across society, and its impact may well include a need to change your business strategy. The time to start thinking through that is now.
Vikram Sharma is the CEO of QuintessenceLabs, a company he founded to leverage an understanding of how physics works at the quantum level to address some of the biggest issues in cybersecurity. In this discussion at OODAcon, Vikram provided a high level overview of what years of quantum theory and 1000’s of experiments on the nature of reality tell us about the nature of reality, especially reality when measured at the smallest scale.
His insights into the world of quantum mechanics includes a description of some of some very strange observations, which are seen again and again in experiment after experiment.