The Global Frequency

5 May 2019 | Curated by Matt Devost

Spent this week on the road with a speaking engagement for a high net worth audience in Philadelphia on Tuesday and then a trip to Florida to support the board of directors of a publicly traded company.  They were asking what has been an increasingly important and insightful question:  How do we right size our security program?  I'll be sharing some thoughts on this topic soon.  Did you know I use Instagram to document the gear and places I travel.  If you want to follow along you can find me at

This week on the Global Frequency...

Electric operations in LA and Salt Lake City were interrupted by DDOS attacks in March. (Read More)

Mysterious attackers on a supply chain hacking spree. (Read More)

Supply chain isn't just about cyber. Fake test results cost NASA $700m in failures. (Read More)

Can anyone tame the next Internet?  My response is yes, but it will take deliberate pro-active action now. (Read More)

Ebola outbreak confirmed cases reach new high milestone. (Read More)

Who is the mysterious hacker selling zero day exploits to a variety of interesting customers? (Read More)

Key lesson from Maersk after the NotPetya attack.  Response capability needs to be part of your risk management strategy. (Read More)

A new DoD report focuses in on the threat of China espionage and the advantage it provides them in military technology.  "China uses a variety of methods to acquire foreign military and dual-use technologies, including targeted foreign direct investment, cyber theft, and exploitation of private Chinese nationals' access to these technologies, as well as harnessing its intelligence services, computer intrusions, and other illicit approaches." (Read More)

Fact or Fiction:
I've been a fan of Jan Chipchase and his research for many years and keep a copy of his Field Study Handbook in my office.  Jan specializes in deriving insights through field research in foreign locations.  Understanding how to derive knowledge through observation and interviews is an important skill for consultants and global business leaders so I was excited to finally read his book "Hidden in Plain Sight: How to Create Extraordinary Products for Tomorrow's Customers" which is full of insights from his past decade of of field research for large and small global brands.  It is a fun read and you can find out why Fast Company has called Jan the "James Bond of design research" and Fortune has called him the "Indiana Jones of technology for the developing world". (Amazon Link)

Quote of the Week:
“Interesting things happen along borders – transitions – not in the middle where everything is the same.” – Neal Stephenson

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