INSA Cyber Council

The INSA Cyber Council is a select group of current and former executives from the public, private and academic sectors with a breadth of expertise across the Cyber and Digital arena to include: Cyber/IT/Computing/Data Analytics, Operations, Policy and Security. The Council engages government and industry communities in pursuit of thought leadership and practical solutions, focusing on key challenges we all face today.  Through our INSA Body of Work, we effectively partner with government and industry to drive constructive dialogues and partnerships that will advance cyber-related domain initiatives, policies, and practices across all sectors.

The Council has published numerous white papers since its inception in 2009.  In March 2012 the Council published “Cloud Computing: Risks, Benefits, and Mission Enhancement for the Intelligence Community,” a primer on cloud computing. The Council’s September 2011 paper, “Cyber Intelligence: Setting the Landscape for an Emerging Discipline,” explores the necessity of intelligence in the cyber domain and methods to develop this discipline, which resulted in a whitepaper series.  In September 2013, "Operational Levels of Cyber Intelligence," was published and further discusses cyber intelligence as a disciplined methodology with understandable frames of reference in the form of operational levels.  It seeks to inform both government and private industry, recognizing that not all relevant decision makers at various organizations levels will share a common view of the challenges associated with conducting business or operations in cyberspace, nor how to best thwart adversarial activity.  The Council published, “Strategic Cyber Intelligence,” in March 2014, and contends that while much attention has been directed towards the tactical, on-the-network cyber domain, not enough resources have been devoted to strategic cyber intelligence. The paper looks to promote thought and dialogue on the importance of strategic cyber intelligence, assisting senior leaders’ risk-informed decision making, and ultimately leading to improved strategy, policy, architecture, and investment.  It thereby reduces risk to an organization’s critical mission and assets and enables senior leadership to make informed decisions and proactively defend the enterprise. In September 2014 the Council published the second paper in the IC ITE series; "IC ITE: Industry Perspectives."  In this paper the Task Force conducted four panel discussions on areas identified as essential to IC ITE’s success: the governance model, the business model, security and risk management, technology and innovation.

In September 2013 the Council also published “A Preliminary Examination of the Insider Threat Programs in the U.S. Private Sector,” which examines how some of the country’s commercial and defense companies implement insider threat programs within their organizations.  Most recently, the Insider Threat Resource Directory was launched.

The Cyber Council recently participated in the Cyber Track of the recent AFCEA/INSA Intelligence and National Security Fall Summit, which was held on September 18 - 19, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The Council’s focus areas included Cyber R&D efforts across the Community, IC IT enterprise, the evolving discipline of cyber intelligence, Insider Threat Best Practices and the newest efforts focused on Cyber Training and Education.

Cyber Council White Papers
 Operational Cyber Intelligence (10/22/2014) 

The third white paper in the “Levels Of Cyber Intelligence” series – While much attention has been paid to cyber attacks against organizations of all sizes and from across all sectors, there has been less discussion of how organizations can strengthe...

 IC ITE: Industry Perspectives (9/11/2014) 

Following its February 2013 white paper on the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE), IC ITE – Doing in Common What Is Commonly Done, the INSA IC ITE Task Force conducted four panel discussions on areas identified as essen...

View More
Cyber Council Events
 Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure: A Discussion of Challenges, Responses and Next Steps (11/18/2014) 

INSA’s Homeland Security Intelligence Council and Cyber Council are bringing together a panel of nationally-recognized experts to respond to a fictional scenario involving a cyber attack on critical infrastructure in the energy sector....

 Intelligence & National Security Summit (9/18/2014) 

On September 18 - 19 INSA and AFCEA co-hosted the Intelligence & National Security Summit. The two-day event brought together thought leaders from the public, private and academic sectors to encourage a strategic dialogue about the issues of intellig...

View More
Cyber Council Updates
*Council Updates are only available to INSA members, join now.