Dr Ron Ross shares: We’re always fighting the last war

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  • Dr. Ron Ross, a Fellow at NIST, discusses cybersecurity threats at UAH’s Distinguished Lecture Series.
  • Ross emphasizes the need for proactive cybersecurity strategies to combat evolving threats.

As part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Dr. Ron Ross, a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), delivered a talk on cybersecurity threats. Ross emphasized the need for proactive steps to meet the ever-evolving challenges faced in the United States, highlighting the importance of constantly rethinking methods and strategies in a rapidly shifting security landscape. Ross, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army, discussed the changing nature of warfare in the 21st century, focusing on the complexity of systems and the need for multidimensional cybersecurity strategies.

Ross underlined the importance of recognizing and repulsing threats at multiple levels to protect critical resources and reduce the impact of cyber attacks. He stressed the integration of cybersecurity from the onset of new projects, stating that cybersecurity is fundamentally an engineering problem. Ross praised UAH for its academic excellence and emphasized the role of academia in safeguarding the future, stating that every problem in the Department of Defense’s supply chain is now everyone’s problem.

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