Cyberdefense: what can civil companies learn from the military?

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Military cyberdefense is nowadays growing nonstop in response to the mass hacks of diverse infrastructure in several countries. Electronic-security breakthroughs are applied not only to intelligence and spying activities but also to combat sabotage of several different types.

Artificial intelligence is beginning to play a crucial cybersecurity role, and the bosses of a company like yours could learn a lot and make it much safer from computing crimes and weaknesses.

What military cybersecurity policies could your company implement?

There are basically three military-cybersecurity practices that you company could bring in:

– Strategic vision: After the 9/11 attacks the USA recruited experts of all types from many different disciplines to design strategies for pinpointing new threats and warding off attacks.

As you might well expect, IT and internet were considered to be the key aspects to control; from then on the White House has continually updated its national cyberdefense strategy, also creating a United States Cyber Command under the orders of the Defense Department in 2009.

Its allies soon followed suit. Spain set up its own Joint Cyberdefense Command (Mando Conjunto de Ciberdefensa) in 2013. A company like yours should consider following this example and start to draw up a complete cybersecurity strategy, assigning specific managerial roles within it such as the Chief Security Officer and Chief Information Security Officer.

Coordinated response: up to 28 NATO member countries took part in the Cyber Coalition, NATO’s flagship cyber defense exercise involving over 700 experts from diverse disciplines and varied ranks. These exercises served to optimize the coordinated response strategy of the various working units.

Your company could suffer from mass attacks affecting several departments other than just the IT department. You should make sure that you have put in place a coordinated organizational plan to offset threats quickly and effectively.

Personnel training: cyberdefense drills in your firm are the best way of checking how ready you are for hacking attacks. This military practice of simulating attacks has been followed since the twentieth century, by way of war games. Practice makes perfect, we should never forget.

Now you know how you can bring military cyberdefense practices into your firm to improve information security. Get in touch with us to find out more.

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