Cybersecurity’s Human Factor: Lessons from the Pentagon

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  • James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld

Distinguished Professor James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld published an article in the Harvard Business Review with co-authors Christopher Kirchoff and David M. Upton about cybersecurity in the Pentagon. 

They say:

The vast majority of companies are more exposed to cyberattacks than they have to be. To close the gaps in their security, CEOs can take a cue from the U.S. military. Once a vulnerable IT colossus, it is becoming an adroit operator of well-defended networks. Today the military can detect and remedy intrusions within hours, if not minutes. From September 2014 to June 2015 alone, it repelled more than 30 million known malicious attacks at the boundaries of its networks. Of the small number that did get through, fewer than 0.1% compromised systems in any way. Given the sophistication of the military’s cyberadversaries, that record is a significant feat.

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP)

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