Ubiquity, Dependency, Complexity

We depend on complex systems daily for food, water, energy, communications, transportation, health care, banking, and more. The ubiquity of these systems belies their complexity, and from the outside it’s easy to forget how much effort goes into maintaining and securing them.

Behind the scenes it’s another story. The challenge of anticipating system vulnerabilities, envisaging unintended consequences, and building and sustaining resilience is constant, and most system owners and operators know better than to let down their guard. Still, complexity can be difficult to untangle, and traditional, linear ways of thinking are usually insufficient.

That’s where we come in . . .

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The Proactive Risk Avoidance Course

Our two-day Proactive Risk Avoidance Course (formerly the “Becoming Odysseus” course) features the principles, lessons, and insights that informed the Web site Red Team Journal for over 20 years.

Day 1: An Introduction to Systems for Security Professionals:

The first day is rooted in the disciplines of systems thinking, systems engineering, and resilience engineering. It is designed to help security professionals understand and address security risk within the context of the whole enterprise.

Topics discussed include

  • risk and resilience,
  • communications and controls,
  • complexity and failure,
  • stakeholders and concerns, and
  • lifecycle considerations.

Day 2: An Introduction to Strategy for Security Professionals:

The second day introduces security professionals to techniques of modeling and emulating traditional and non-traditional adversaries. It draws from the palettes of both “Eastern” and “Western” strategies.

Topics discussed include

  • The Greek roots of rational planning and strategy;
  • The Clausewitzian worldview;
  • Shih and hsing, ch’i and cheng;
  • The role of uncertainty;
  • Reciprocity;
  • Deception and hypergames;
  • Hybrid concepts (Liddell-Hart, Boyd, others);

Join some of the top companies in the world who’ve taken the course. We teach it online or on-site to groups of five or more. Contact us to learn more and schedule your session.

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