We highlight five considerations related to studying the Tech Stack approach to organizing information and communications technology to help analyze and identify potential areas of risk and opportunity. The goal: more actionable risk analysis.
A “Tech Stack” approach can be used to frame and organize the wealth of rich, dynamic, and diverse information and communications technology (ICT) to help analyze and identify potential areas of risk and opportunity. This approach integrates aspects of systems engineering, intelligence collection and analysis, and development of relevant socio-technical context. The goal is to generate actionable risk analysis to help identify, prioritize, and guide the development of courses of action for U.S. government stakeholders, allies, and partners.
We highlight five considerations related to studying the Tech Stack and explore examples where the Tech Stack approach was used to assess the People’s Republic of China (PRC) digital infrastructure in Africa.
Considerations include: 1) Start with Systems Thinking, 2) Maintain Data Awareness and Protection, 3) Who Is in Control, 4) Evolving Technology, and 5) Identify Areas of Potential Risk.