Jack Jones’ Cyber Advice for the Feds: Listen to the Cheshire Cat

August 13, 2019  Jeff B. Copeland

In a new article on Homeland Security Today, Jack Jones critiques the government’s push for better cyber risk management of federal networks and critical infrastructure, kicked off by last year’s presidential Executive Order, with the advice of the mysterious smiling cat to Alice in Wonderland: Before you go, figure out where you’re going.  Jack is the EVP of RiskLens and the creator of the FAIR model for cyber risk quantification.

Read  HSTRisk: Finding the Right Path with the Cyber Risk Management Cheshire Cat in Homeland Security Today

The good news, Jack writes, is that the cyber EO set the goal of getting all the federal agencies on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework for cybersecurity assessment, and the goal that risk management should be commensurate with risk and magnitude of harm”.

The bad news is that, given the current state of risk management in the cybersecurity industry, and the short time frame set by the EO, “that simply wasn’t going to happen – at least not in any sort of consistent and defensible manner,” in Jack’s opinion.

“If the government wants to ensure that cybersecurity strategy and planning are prioritized consistently and based on apples-to-apples cost-benefit analyses,” Jack writes, “it must adopt a standard cyber risk measurement model and method” like the FAIR model that powers the RiskLens platform, as a complement to NIST CSF assessments. Get the rest of Jack’s thinking on government cybersecurity at Homeland Security Today.

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