The INSA Cyber Council is a group of current and former executives from both the public, private and academic sectors with expertise in cyber security. The Council engages government and industry communities in pursuit of innovative solutions and thought leadership that will improve existing cyber security policies, practices and organization for both sectors.
The Council has published four white papers since its inception in 2009, including the September 2011 paper, “Cyber Intelligence: Setting the Landscape for an Emerging Discipline,” which discusses the importance and necessity of intelligence in the cyber domain and explores methods to develop this discipline. It assesses the current cyber threat dynamic, the overarching costs of cyber-attacks and security, and the need for a strategic approach to address this evolving threat.
The Council’s most recent paper, “Cloud Computing: Risks, Benefits, and Mission Enhancement for the Intelligence Community,” was published in March 2012 and rolled-out at a standing room only event featuring Terry Roberts, Cyber Council Chair; Jim Heath, Senior Science Advisor to the Director of NSA; and Bob Gourley, Cloud Computing Task Force Chair. This paper looks at the broad area of cloud computing and offers observations for consideration by senior leaders in government and industry that are interested in the process of implementing a cloud architecture for their organization.
In September 2012, the Cyber Council hosted the INSA Cyber Innovation Symposium in Washington, D.C. The Symposium featured speakers from across the private sector, government and academia, and included keynote speeches from Chris Inglis, Deputy Director NSA, and Chairman Mike Rogers, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rick Ledgett, Director NSA Threat Operations Center, and Michael Daniel, National Security Council.