2017 Archives

The Changing Battlefield

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The following is from the May 16, 2017, edition of KERA Public Radio's Think. Retired Admiral Patrick Walsh, who was interviewed for this story, is a senior fellow at SMU's John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.

May 17, 2017

Cyber attacks and strikes from ISIS and other nonstate organizations are forcing the U.S. military to rethink how it operates in battle. Retired Admiral Patrick Walsh joins us to talk about how our armed forces are preparing for 21st Century-style warfare.

On what we can learn from the WannaCry ransomware attack: 

“There was a point in time where we had the view that our data was protected because it sat behind a firewall and we had an antivirus.The reality was that during that timeframe the approach that we would take to security was one that was reactive. The world that we are in today, adversaries can sit in the network environment for up to 500 days before they’re detected. What we need to do today is to really change culturally how we approach security. No longer is it sufficient to just simply say that the internet of things has made us more connected. Now we need to be more demanding in terms of the security environment.”

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