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Mitigating Cyber Risks: Four real world practitioners exchange views at OODAcon

The opportunities presented to us by the widespread, interconnected digital technology of cyberspace come with costs, including the enablement of crime and espionage.

Today every sector of the economy and every government and every citizen is under almost constant cyber attack. Most are suffering ongoing infections with malware. Attackers get in fast and remain undetected for months.

Defenders have learned a great deal about the modern cyber threat, including the types of organizations that cause the most damage, how they are resourced, how they operate, and what their motivations are. And we have learned best practices and ways to raise defenses that make it much much harder for adversaries to win. Risk can be mitigated. But we have also learned that attackers will be persistent and will surprise us now matter how strong our defenses are.

This panel at OODAcon brought together pioneering experts with ideas we believe hold the potential to cause order of magnitude improvements in cybersecurity posture. We the ensuing discussion resulted in actionable insights you can put in place in your organization immediately to kickstart your journey in mitigating cyber risk.

The panel included discussion on:

  • Insights from behavioral science and human nature relevant to organizational leadership, career development and training for mitigating risks
  • Why modern red teaming provides the only useful security metric today
  • Ways to make cyber threat intelligence actionable
  • How to automate actions in the network


  • Matt Devost, CEO, OODA LLC


  • Masha Sedova, Co-Founder, Elevate Security
  • Steven Rogers, CEO, Centripetal Networks
  • Bryson Bort, CEO, Scythe

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Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley

Bob Gourley is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of OODA LLC, the technology research and advisory firm with a focus on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity which publishes and Bob is the author of the book The Cyber Threat. Bob has been an advisor to dozens of successful high tech startups and has conducted enterprise cybersecurity assessments for businesses in multiple sectors of the economy. He was a career Naval Intelligence Officer and is the former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency.