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08 Sep 2021

The Next Evolution of Ransomware Gangs: Collaboration

Ransomware gangs continue to evolve their tactics to stay one step ahead of network defenders and those tracking their developments.  Increased reporting that ransomware gangs – particularly Russian groups – are collaborating with one another is another example of this type of evolution.  The joining of forces enables these groups to share advice, targeting information tactics, and a data leak program, all of which contribute to executing more sophisticated attacks.  What’s more, these partnerships are proving successful and yielding substantial financial gains.

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07 Sep 2021

Cybersecurity Sensemaking: USG Initiatives and Updates

The Cybersecurity Sensemaking page was recently updated with the USG Cybersecurity Initiatives and Updates page. We need to make sense of and look at the patterns found between interagency cybersecurity initiatives, cybersecurity organizations, and private sector partnerships (specifically the technology sector) throughout the USG. In the pilot stages of this research, we will first try to address the facile complaint about the USG (usually offered by non-subject matter experts retroactively only after a crisis emerges): “The USG left-hand does not know what the USG right hand is doing.”  To start, a compilation of current government agency and private sector partnership activity in the domain will ground our research.  

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03 Sep 2021

Labor Day Weekend Ransomware Warnings: U.S. warns firms to be on guard against hostile network activity

In a press briefing at the White House yesterday, White House deputy national security adviser Anne Neuberger reinforced the warning the FBI and CISA released a few days ago.  Officials acknowledged that the threats over the weekend were not specific, but “we do have this history.”  The largest incidents in 2021 – Colonial Pipeline, JBS and Kaseya – all happened over holidays and weekends.  

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31 Aug 2021

Checkers, Chess and 围棋 (Wéiqí – aka Go): When It Comes to Games in Cyberspace, China May Be the Master

Checkers is the ultimate game of tactical engagement where two competitors push their forces forward in the attempt to conquer his foe by capturing all of his pieces. Chess is a more strategic option.  Whereas checkers perhaps best exemplifies a single engagement of a battle, chess represents the entire battle, requiring a strategic vision that is executed by moving pieces of different capabilities against an equal opposition force.  Multi-dimensional thinking is required as pieces are moved in joint operations, the goal of which is to trap the opponent’s king.  These two games are well known and socialized in the United States, and like it or not, both have been likened to military conflict especially as they embody the principles of warfare, involving a struggle of wills, movement, engagement, and protection.

However, there is a third game that also bears attention.  Played by the Chinese, Go (also known as Wei Ch’i or Wei Qi) is an abstract game in which the goal is for one of the competitors to surround more territory than his opponent.

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30 Aug 2021

August 2021 OODA Loop Monthly Meeting Generates Actionable Insights Into A Chaotic World

OODA Network members are invited to participate in a monthly video call to discuss items of common interest to our membership. These highly collaborative sessions are always a great way for our members to meet and interact with each other while talking about topics like global risks, emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and current or future events impacting their organizations. We also use these sessions to help better focus our research and reporting on member needs.

The August monthly meeting focused on issues around Afghanistan and the many geopolitical and business related elements of these chaotic events. Members also discussed topics in the OODA C-Suite Report.

This post was generated from the OODA Network Member monthly meeting and access is restricted accordingly. If you are an OODA Subscriber, but not a member of our expert network, you will not be able to access this content.

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