In my lifetime, four significant events have changed my perspectives on what security means in the European theater. These events profoundly impacted how we view safety, security, and risks to our nations, economies, and defensive strategies.
Each of these events, in various ways, led to the Ukraine invasion. We have seen fundamental changes in how nation-states, critical infrastructure companies, and organizations have had to rethink their approach to cyber security. As we face the ramifications of the latest invasion of Ukraine, we have seen how conflicts have evolved to be fought on five fronts:
Last year, I spent as much time in eastern Europe as I did in the United States. I was primarily working with the U.S. Cyber Command, Mandiant, and other strategic security partners to enhance the cyber readiness of our allied aligned nations. Coming from the States, we need to remember the relative size and resources available to these nations to wage any type of warfare and how interdependent they are on each other for mutual protection.
The nations of eastern Europe range from the size of mid-sized U.S. cities to some of our smaller states. They have populations that are often under 3 to 5 million people, and their militaries are often the size of U.S. police forces. Combined, the nations bordering Russia are only about the size of the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and have less than a third of the population. They are willing to fight, but we should understand that we are referring to dozens of governments, infrastructure models, military capabilities, and degrees of cyber readiness.
When we think about the nation-state and cybercrime threat actors the nations bordering Russia are facing, they tend to focus on four target areas:
The war in Ukraine is more focused on the first three items on this list. I wanted to share my thoughts and observations about how the U.S. Cyber Command, NATO, the EU, allied nations, Mandiant, and SimSpace are helping countries bordering this conflict improve their cyber security readiness.
The task in front of the U.S. and our allied nations is complex, will require vigilance, and will take time to implement and achieve our shared goals. But it is moving forward, and we see early results. It has been a year of new insights, painful lessons, and rapid adjustments to help our nation-state partners, but this unified approach to security is one of our strategic goals at SimSpace.
I look forward to growing cyber security readiness and training capabilities with strategic partners and our Cyber Force Platform in 2023 and beyond.
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