In a recent New York Times opinion piece, National Security Agency General Counsel Glenn Gerstell described how traditional national security systems, developed after World War II, dependably gave early warning of foreign military developments, such as firing missiles and the movement of tanks, aircraft, ships, and submarines. Fusing telemetry data with advanced surveillance technology gave us a level of confidence that we were safe and could manage contingencies. However, Gerstell makes a compelling argument that that is no longer the case. The technology revolution has "upended" our national security infrastructure and institutions, according to Gerstell.
Gerstell is not alone in his thinking. Joseph Hill, the acting director of National Intelligence, also believes cyberspace is our biggest vulnerability. Outside of government and the military, a recent survey of America’s businesses of all sizes, conducted by Travelers Companies, found that cybersecurity was respondents' No. 1 concern.
As an enterprise leader, it is worth recalling why our post-World War II strategy was successful: We integrated what we knew about foreign military developments in real time. Unfortunately, today we are too focused on finding a better mousetrap and not integrating what we know.
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