Cyber has been called the ultimate team sport: CIOs, CTOs, SysAdmins, Software Developers, CISOs, threat teams, red teams, testing groups, etc. etc, but really should it be? It seems more like a jobs program that moves headcount from one part of the enterprise to the expensive nerdy-side. Sitting through a number of presentations at various cyber conferences recently I'm … [Read more...] about Your Enterprise has too many Cyber-ish People
Some Traditions are NOT needed! Back in the day… the process to transmit Navy messages included strict accountability and control and were hugely labor intensive. But as official information exchange technologies become more prevalent, DoD transitioned to other means to accomplish the task. Organizational messaging services are prevalent throughout DoD now. And as of this … [Read more...] about USN: A review of changing traditions, and call for more!
Lessons learned from US agents who operate in enemy territory have been captured for years and transformed into a code of conduct popularly known as "Moscow Rules." Those old rules existed for a reason. Real-world experience proved their effectiveness when agents had to operate in the presence of adversaries. Since modern cyber defenders are also frequently required to operate … [Read more...] about Moscow Rules: The original protocol for operating in the presence of adversaries can be applied to cyber defense
As we go about our daily activities, we interact with each other through a complex web of relationships that we have developed over years of co-existing with friends, family, colleagues, etc. I trust that the shoes I just bought will mostly keep my feet dry as long as I don’t jump in any puddles. I trust that my milk will taste good up until near the expiration date. Mostly, we … [Read more...] about Joint Information Environment (JIE)– It’s all about the RELATIONSHIPS
Cyberspace is our interconnected information technology. Though cybersecurity has been a concern for decades, we have seen an uptick of concern during the last four years. The Obama administration has made the issue a priority. Early in his term, the President gave a speech on the subject and the next month the Secretary of Defense announced the creation of the military’s U.S. … [Read more...] about Is the United States Militarizing Cyberspace?