AI, machine learning, and data science will be used to create some of the most compelling technological advancements of the next decade. The OODA team will continue to expand our reporting on AI issues. Please check out the AI reports listed below.
These reports provide a solid baseline that can inform your decision-making and put our daily reports into better context. Please contact us for questions or comments on any of these reports.
Russia should be considered a kleptocracy, where the rule of law exists as long as it supports the objectives of the state and the ruling oligarchs. All U.S. businesses should exercise extreme caution before doing business in or with Russia. Our special report on The Russian Threat captures insights on the full spectrum of Russian capabilities and intention, including their actions in cyber conflict. For more read the continuously updated Russia Threat Brief. Also, be sure to check out our special report: Russia 2020: What Will Putin Do Next?
Several countries have the capability to inflict harm on U.S. interests. However, China is the only one who has declared an intent to challenge the U.S. for global supremacy. China remains a closed society where challenges to party rule are met with harsh, sole crushing response. China is a powerhouse, but one with weaknesses. The same statement carries over to military and intelligence domains. For more read the continuously updated China Threat Brief.
Iran has been investing heavily in cyber operations and is experienced in conducting both espionage and attack. Iran is undemocratic, with power centered in a Supreme Leader (Ali Khamenei). A President exists but has little power compared to the Supreme Leader. But below them is a vibrant and powerful country of over 81 million. Iranian education systems and scientific pursuits make them a technologically empowered nation that can mount surprisingly sophisticated cyber operations. Iran Threat Brief.
North Korea describes itself as a “self-reliant socialist state” but it is really best described as a Stalinist dictatorship. Leader Kim Jong-un holds power and dominates all functions through a mix of violence, rewards and intense propaganda. A common misperception about the DPRK is that they are so backwards and poor that they cannot mount a modern cyber war. But reality is that their policy of “Songun” (military first) means there are resources for capabilities considered strategic, and that includes cyber war. North Korea Threat Brief
The rapid pace of innovation in space is producing real capabilities which can be leveraged for businesses in every sector of the economy. There is a growing excitement over the many developments in the space industry, giving rise to many questions about how these developments will impact markets overall. This guide is meant to assist strategic planners in assessing developments in the space sector. For more see: The Executive’s Guide To Commercial Use of Space
This post provides an overview of key thrusts of the transformation underway in biology and offers seven topics business leaders should consider when updating business strategy to optimize opportunity because of these changes. For more see: The Executive’s Guide To The Revolution in Biology
Traveling executives are frequent targets for cyber espionage. This report provides guidance for executives and their security teams on how to protect their information and technology while on the go. Produced by OODA co-founders Matt Devost and Bob Gourley, the report provides best practices, awareness of threats, and a deep understanding of the state of technology. A tiered threat model is provided enabling a better tailoring of actions to meet the threat. For more see: OODA Releases a Traveling Executive’s Guide to Cybersecurity
It is a truism that every society is only a few meals away from revolution, proven not for the first time when high food prices initiated the Arab Spring, and yet food security is a woefully neglected national security concern. America lacks a national food policy, even though we are headed towards a crisis. This concern is much greater for other allied nations and is also driving actions by many adversaries. For more see: Is There An Emerging Global Food Industry Resiliency Crisis?
In a Joint Intelligence Bulletin issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation the threat of terrorist attacks against faith-based communities and soft targets amid religious holidays is discussed. OODA captures more detail and as always provides input that can help drive your actions. Read more at: DHS/FBI Warn of Attacks Against Faith-Based Communities and Soft Targets Amid Religious Holidays
Members of the OODA expert network continuously track best practices for policy, procedures, technology and governance related to cyber defense. We work directly defending enterprises in cyber defense and maintain an always up to date list of actions in a form designed to help any organization stay as agile as possible in the face of dynamic adversaries. Read more at the OODA Special Report on Best Practices for Agile Cybersecurity.
Are you making the most of your data holdings? If you want to leverage your data to the better of your business you need to treat it like a weapon and use it to gain advantage over others. This is not just about your technical architecture, this is about your attitude and the approach you take to being proactive. For our best practices on how to do so see the OODA Guide to Using Your Data As A Weapon.
The last decade has seen an incredible increase in the commercial use of space. Businesses and individual consumers now leverage space solutions that are so integrated into our systems that they seem invisible. Some of these services include: Communications, including very high-speed low latency communications to distant and mobile users. Learn more at: OODA Research Report: What Business Needs To Know About Security In Space
OODA’s Cyber Threat Analysis Report provides the “so what” behind the news and events we track on a daily basis. When it comes to putting cyber news in context, there really is no substitute for experience. The context in this report is provided by one of the most highly regarded cybersecurity practitioners and pioneer of cyber threat intelligence (and OODA Network expert) Mike Tanji. Review all in this series at: OODA’s Cyber Threat Analysis Report
In addition to the special reports above, OODA Experts are publishing unique analysis on a variety of topics. The following is a sampling of the most popular topics:
10 Red Teaming Lessons Learned Over 20 Years – Red teaming is one of the most valuable things you can do within your organization. OODA CEO and Co-Founder Matt Devost offers up his top ten red teaming lessons learned from over two decades of red teaming across hundreds of engagements.
The Five Modes of HACKthink – Explores how to use a hacker mindset to solve complex problems and unlock opportunity.
Russia 2020: What Will Putin Do Next? – Information operations against the United States and other nations are unlikely to look like the last attack. This report explores what Russia might do next.
2019 and the Evolving Role of OSINT – Open Source Intelligence, to include social media analysis, has evolved a next generation of crowdsourcing and accountability.
OODA Trends 2019 – Our take on an annual trends report looks at emerging technology and security trends that should be in your OODA Loop.
The Top 10 Security, Technology, and Business Books of 2018 – OODA CEO and Co-Founder Matt Devost reads over 50 books a year and provides his top 10 for 2018. Also see the 2017 list and 2016 list or our curated list of great reads at Amazon.com
LikeWar and the Weaponization of Social Media – Our interview with author P.W. Singer.
The Future of AI Policy is Largely Unwritten – Congressman Will Hurd provides insight on the emerging technologies of AI and Machine Learning.
Manage Insider Risk and Prevent Big Brother Perception – A four part series by OODA Network Expert Crystal Lister on managing insider threats.
DHS & FBI Report that Election Infrastructure in all 50 States Targeted During 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued a special report acknowledging that the election infrastructure in all 50 states was targeted during the 2016 election.
Email – The Often Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk – Are silly email mistakes putting your sensitive data and customer PII at risk or in violation of GDPR. Matt Devost breaks down four real life examples that highlight inadvertent email risks.
The State of the Cybersecurity Community: An update following RSA 2019 – OODA Experts provide their perspective on the RSA 2019 conference including a list of 30+ companies to watch.
Here’s What the New U.S. Intelligence Strategy Says About Cyber Threats – The United States intelligence strategy for 2019 has been released, covering seven specific themes. Here’s how the United States Intelligence Community will deal with cyber threats: “Despite growing awareness of cyber threats and improving cyber defenses, nearly all information, communication networks, and systems will be at risk for years to come.
What If You Could Know What The Designers Of Our AI-Enabled Future Think? – To really see where we are all going with Artificial Intelligence (AI) there is no better way than asking those who are architecting the future of AI.
AI Will Test American Values In The Battlefield – How will military leaders deal with AI that may treat troops as expendable assets to win the “game”.
Unmasking Maskirovka: Russia’s Cyber Influence Operations – OODA Network Expert Book Review – This exploration is timely and relevant given the Russian assault on the American electoral process in the 2016 Presidential election—especially since the long-range implications are still being assessed.
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