Thursday, March 21, 2013

US Intelligence Community – Worldwide Threat Assessment – March 2013

Anyone remember the days of using bulletin boards? Prodigy? Something happened to this simple Texas boy who suddenly realized there was an entire world of people out there. An entire world of thought. Suddenly, I understood the power of gathering multiple points of reference to solve problems because it gave me tremendous clarity and multiple contextual views.
Your system security suffers when you fail to cover your bases and take in multiple information sources to create context. Effectiveness requires a comprehensive approach.
I subscribe to the weekly Homeland Security Digital Library digest. This week included the Statement for the Record, Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, March 12, 2013.
Two things of interest here. First is that cyber security is the first threat listed, and the primary concern of the authors of this report. Second is the recognition of the importance of gathering and compiling information across multiple sources, and the subsequent call to arms. "In this threat environment, the importance and urgency of intelligence integration cannot be
overstated. Our progress cannot stop."

Author: Clapper, James R. (James Robert)
Publisher: United States. Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Date: 2013-03-12
Copyright: Public Domain
There's another interesting article referenced in the digest covering border protection using complexity theory. Interesting to note similar findings. The thesis written by Michael J Schwan at the Naval Postgraduate School, while controversial in its findings, addresses concerns over current security endeavors that are "compartmentalized, fragmented, and poorly coordinated."
Author: Schwan, Michael J.
Publisher: Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.) 
Date: 2012-12
Copyright: Public Domain