The theme of this year’s Alamo ACE 2021 was the “Quest for Digital Dominance.” As always, the speakers did not disappoint. Senior leaders emphasized we are currently in a power competition against our enemies and it is occurring below the threshold of armed conflict. The United States is no longer a sanctuary as its networks are being attacked daily.
Of particular note was the discussion on Cyber Capabilities and National Power: A Net Assessment, which was published in June 2021 by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). The study assessed 15 countries in the following areas:
- Strategy and Doctrine
- Governance, Command and Control
- Core Cyber-Intelligence Capability
- Cyber Empowerment and Dependence
- Cyber Security and Resilience
- Global Leadership In Cyberspace Affairs
- Offensive Cyber Capability
Of the countries assessed, the United States was the only country placed in the top tier, meeting all of the assessment areas. Tier Two countries were Canada, Australia, China, France, Israel, Russia and the United Kingdom, which had strengths in some of the categories, while Tier Three countries — Indonesia, India, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, North Korea, and Vietnam — had some strengths but significant weaknesses in several areas. As you can see, the cyber threat landscape is being reshaped as traditional power countries are being displaced by previously less-capable countries due to the availability of inexpensive and innovative cyber capabilities.
The conference also focused on the technology, tools and human capital required to compete in this new environment. The wave of the future is Automation of Everything and a data-driven enterprise. The architecture must ensure data is visible, accessible, understandable, linked, trustworthy, interoperable and secure. Taking advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning will allow the right tools to be developed to gain information dominance, build decision superiority, improve all domain awareness and integrate information globally across the joint warfighting domain.
Whether it is funding or the availability of personnel, resources continue to be in high demand. Human capital offers our nation the competitive advantage to compete in the cyber domain and to keep pace with growing threats. We must continue to reassess the changing security environment and maintain a culture of innovation to keep step with eroding capabilities.
During Alamo ACE, Telos showcased Telos Ghost®, an innovative network obfuscation capability that protects personnel, information and network resources where security, privacy, and confidentiality are paramount. Telos Ghost supports operational capabilities such as secure global web access, private network security, cyber threat intelligence, cloaked services, managed attribution, and anonymized search.
The unique architecture and capabilities of Telos Ghost provide high levels of security through multiple layers of encryption, network obfuscation, and proprietary-based mesh algorithms for dynamic IP routing among cloud transit nodes. Advanced managed attribution provides a second level of security by providing complete anonymity of your users and their locations.
Telos Ghost was recognized as a 2021 Fortress Cyber Security Awards winner in the Network Security category. To learn more about how the Telos Ghost virtual obfuscation network can help to protect your critical assets, visit: www.telos.com/telos-ghost.