Resiliency Takes a Leap Forward

November 21, 2016
Cyber Resiliency: Post by Rosalie McQuaid
Rosalie McQuaid

After six years of bringing together the cyber resiliency community here at MITRE, I can report that there are some new groundbreaking ideas on applying resiliency to network defense and security engineering.

One of those ideas is the use of cyber denial and deception (D&D) against cyber attacks. Despite the best defenses, cyber attackers will periodically penetrate your network, gain access to your networks, and compromise your mission. That is, assuming that the data they find is accurate. If it's not—or even if there's doubt—a human chess match begins that may ultimately force adversaries to checkmate themselves.

That's just one example of how efforts to make systems and enterprise architectures better able to operate through cyber attacks are beginning to pay off. 

MITRE's Secure and Resilient Cyber Architectures Invitational series was designed to foster such ideas and move forward with cyber resilience. The 6th such meeting, held at MITRE's McLean campus, brought together more than 120 representatives of the federal government, private industry, and MITRE. But where some prior meetings covered resiliency in theoretical terms, participants over the past few years, especially this year, had more concrete measures to discuss.

Topics ranged from building cyber resiliency into networks earlier in the design process to how organizational cyber security, architectural and engineering processes, and acquisitions can better serve the goal of allowing networks to withstand cyber attacks.

What cyber-based resources do you depend on that, if stressed, put you at risk? That’s a good place to start your own foray into creating resiliency. Some useful resources to help jump-start that effort can be found here.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for our next invitational series scheduled for May 9-11, 2017 at the McLean MITRE campus.