Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cover Dude!

Yesterday morning, one of my instructors let me know that an article we co-authored had been published in the March issue of the Information Systems Security Association's Journal. I went to the website to check it out, only to discover that it wasn't merely published...


Yup, our little article was the Feature Presentation. The title (Who Shall Defend Us?) filled up the cover quite nicely.

In case you're curious, the article basically points out that when it comes to cyber security, we don't know how to answer the question "Who shall defend us?" That is because, "The modern taxonomy for assigning defensive responsibilities is largely based on geography, scope, and the nature of the threat. When the threat is cyber-based, this taxonomy breaks down.

So, starting with some lyrics from Nena's 1984 smash hit 99 Red Balloons, we basically conclude that we need to seriously figure out a way for the military, law enforcement and the commercial sector to cooperate... 'cause we're all in this together, brother.

It's a bit of a departure from my usual topic of radical approaches to technology development and project leadership, but many of the usual principles are still present - transparency, cooperation and the violation of useless/inappropriate/counterproductive boundaries. And I still can't believe it's the cover story!


JafaBrit's Art said...

WOW, congratulations, that is really awesome.

The Dan Ward said...

Hey, thanks!