16 Sep 2022

A Proactive National Technology Strategy in the Great Power Competition with China

The co-authors of a recent article in Foreign Affairs, America Could Lose the Tech Contest With China, Eric Schmidt and Yll Bajraktari, are Chair and CEO of the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP), respectively. The SCSP “builds on the work of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), which ended its congressionally-mandated work in October 2021.  NSCAI made recommendations to the President and Congress to “advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.”

The author’s diagnosis of the root cause of the problem is aligned with the drivers behind the recent launch of America’s Frontier Fund and the Quad Investor Network (with which Eric Schmidt is also affiliated) and maps to many of the recent “Deep Tech” and “Valley of Death” discussions here at OODA Loop.

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17 Aug 2022

This new Wi-Fi 6e mesh router uses the blockchain to secure your passwords

While most of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers have built-in security, Gryphon’s new Wi-Fi 6E router is one of just a few that will use Blockchain for this purpose; through a project called MetaSafe, it will protect passwords and other valuable information. Although a single Gryphon 6E can provide a strong

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10 Aug 2022

Black Hat Innovation Spotlight Competition: OODA Network Member Robert J. Stratton III Participates as Industry Judge

The Black Hat Innovation Spotlight is a new video competition for cybersecurity start-ups to present their products and solutions* live and in person at Black Hat USA.   Our own OODA Network member Robert J. Stratton III is a judge of the event.

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08 Aug 2022

DHS S&T Startup Studio 2022 – Converge Showcase Presenting Companies and Finalists

On July 13th, Homeland Security Startup Studio 2022 (HSSS 22) hosted a virtual Converge event to showcase the program finalists’ pitches for the cutting-edge technologies they have worked to advance over the past 18 weeks.  The HSSS pairs inventors from federal labs with seasoned entrepreneurs and mentors to help move federally funded technologies from the lab to the market. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate partnered with FedTech to run the HSSS 22 22, featuring finalist pitches and a keynote address by Julie Brewer.   Ms. Julie Brewer serves as the Executive Director of Innovation & Collaboration in the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. 

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25 Jul 2022

Deep Tech, the “Valley of Death” and Innovative Technologies for the Warfighter

National Defense Magazine contextualizes the “Valley of Death” in the following manner:  “The defense technology community spends a lot of time grumbling about the “Valley of Death,” a term referring to the place where innovative technologies funded by the Defense Department fail to make it into warfighters’ hands because they can’t make the transition from prototype to a real product.” According to the DoD, the recently announced pilot program to Accelerate the Procurement and Fielding of Innovative Technologies (APFIT) is “an additional tool the DoD can use to propel innovative capabilities across the “Valley of Death” and into the hands of the warfighter.”

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19 Jul 2022

How Blockchain Brought Solid Level Security To Fortune 500 Companies

Cybercrime is estimated to cost the world more than $10 trillion annually by 2025. If measured as the GDP of a country, that would represent the third biggest economy in the world after the U.S. and China. That shows that not only should governmental institutions and banks invest in cybersecurity but

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20 Jun 2022

Opportunities for Advantage: Mobilizing Innovation through the DHS Science and Technology Directorate

This review of the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology (S&T) Impact Series falls into two OODA Loop editorial and curation thematics:  Opportunities for Advantage and Innovation (Design Frameworks and Methodologies). Produced and archived over the course of 2021, the DHS S&T Impact series explores opportunities for advantage through an ongoing discussion within DHS on the definition of and framework for innovation within the agency (and private sector and interagency collaboration):   The DHS S&T Impact Series is a web and video series that “delves into the core homeland security mission areas and highlights how the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is helping agents, officers, first responders and decision-makers with some of their toughest challenges.”

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05 May 2022

Is Your Insider Threat Risk Management Program Ripe for Innovation? Part 2

In Part I of this series, we took a look at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Insider Threat Roadmap 2020 and advanced analytics.  Following are two more initiatives that are thinking differently about insider threat program implementation through innovative architectures, collective intelligence, advanced analytics, and the use of publicly available information (PAI).  Community-based and partner collaborations up and down the supply chain are also a hallmark of these efforts, as there is a growing acknowledgment that internal-facing and traditionally siloed insider threat efforts are part of the problem. In Part II, we examine the approaches taken and the resources available at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and the MITRE Center for Threat-Informed Defense (CTID).  

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28 Apr 2022

Is Your Insider Threat Risk Management Program Ripe for Innovation? Part 1

The reality is 34% of all breaches in 2018 were caused by insiders, yet less than 20% of U.S. organizations possess effective security programs to combat it. The results range from information leakage and national security breaches to workplace violence and even reputational damage. Insiders’ unintentional actions can be equally damaging. How can a serious internal commitment to the design process, driven by innovation, give this often ignored sub-sector of risk management the priority it requires within your organization? Following are a few initiatives that are thinking differently about insider threat program implementation through innovative architectures, collective intelligence, advanced analytics, and the use of publicly available information (PAI).  Community-based and partner collaborations up and down the supply chain are also a hallmark of these innovative efforts.

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08 Apr 2022

Former Tenable CEO Ron Gula Applies a Hacker Mindset to Investing, Public Awareness, and Philanthropy

In this OODAcast, we interview Ron Gula, co-founder and CEO of the highly successful Tenable Security(NASDAQ:TENB) and currently President of Gula Tech Adventures. Ron has a long history in the cybersecurity field that includes starting his career as an NSA hacker and then transitioning into an entrepreneur responsible for multiple innovations in the market and several successful companies. Ron remains a hacker at heart, and currently focuses his energy on investing in and mentoring emerging companies, improving public awareness on cybersecurity, and engaging in philanthropic efforts.

In our conversation with Ron, we explore his career history, the state of cybersecurity, where we should focus our innovation investments, and how cybersecurity professionals can help solve not just global problems, but get engaged in local solutions at scale.

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