Defence & Intelligence

Smarter Security for Systems of Engagement

In early September 2014 I had the pleasure of presenting to the US EUCOM Cyber Endeavour in Graffenwoehr, Germany. This is a very short version of what I said!

Four key areas of technology underpin our Smarter Planet vision – Cloud, Big Data / Analytics, Social Business & Mobile.  All are relevant to, and increasingly used by the military to achieve their goal of Smarter Defence.  Most mission value accrues at the points of intersection between one or more of these technologies, known as “Systems of Engagement”.  Systems of Engagement are supporting military transformation, enhancing information superiority.

There are significant Cyber Security implications of highly connected systems, which I illustrated by focusing on Social Media and Mobile technologies. The Millennial Generation – those who have grown up with information technology and normally sleep with their phone (!) expect to use Social Media and Mobile technologies in their workplace. The military are now looking to recruit the best of these millennials.  Social Media and Mobile usage introduces new vulnerabilities – which can be contained if understood.

I then talked about Cyber Security Risk Mitigation, explaining that it’s possible with the correct approach.  Organisations must assume a breach of their cyber defenses will be possible and plan for effective detection, containment, removal and learning. This needs a business / mission based – rather than purely technology – a viewpoint best achieved by adopting a holistic, balanced, risk centric approach.

Security 3.0

Looking to the future I explained that further mission value accrues through Systems of Insight, combining Systems of Engagement with the static, transactional Systems of Record that organizations reply on today.  Systems of Insight will be delivered on a secure third generation Cloud. Cyber Security must be designed in, evolving with the systems as they develop and are used.

Here is the  presentation I used >  Please do feel free to argue with me or discuss this topic by replying to this blog, or via twitter or LinkedIn.



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