The state of the geopolitical world is always changing, and the past few years are certainly no exception. The Nord Stream sabotage, Ukraine War, CHIPS Act, increasing dominance of China, and Los Alamos leaking secrets to China, are all interrelated.
To understand what is happening now and what may occur in the future, we need to examine the enemy, the terrain, globalization and the internet. The Chinese Communist Party has learned how to leverage this perspective, driving economic, financial, and informational results. How do we now turn that construct into a set of principles that will make us successful on this future cyber battlefield?
The time is now
Speaking at our recent CMMC CON, Dr. Robert Spalding, SEMPRE CEO, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret) stated, “The world’s been changing for a while now. As is the case for many dominant powers, whether they be businesses, like IBM, or nation states, like the Soviet Union, we have to reconcile and take a hard inward look to understand the challenges we face as a nation. We will not be able to be successful in the 21st century by trying to recreate the power structures of the 20th century.”
Today’s power balance is rooted in data and the ability to control the narrative. “While there is and will remain a military component and the United States needs to continue to rely on its strategic nuclear weapons as a balancing force for the Chinese Communist Party and the Russian Nation, we are going to have to forge a new consensus around how we preserve a democracy in the face of technological advancements that have made the collection of data, and the use and misuse of that data for control of the narrative, much easier,” said Spalding.
We are at an inflection point
We need to understand the collective challenges that we face or risk the demise of democracy. “If America, and its allies and partners, work together, we can reclaim our legacy, which was born from the trials and tribulations of those who came before us,” he concludes. “It’s going to take everybody’s constant focus, critical thinking, and understanding of our adversaries as well as leveraging the right technology to accomplish this goal.”
To learn about the invisible threat that creates the need for CMMC compliance for the defense industrial base, watch Spalding’s full CMMC CON session. If you have any questions regarding your CMMC compliance efforts, contact CyberSheath. We can work together to protect your company, your information, and your partners, helping the US and its economy stay strong.