NUARI’s Director of Cyber Operations, Tom Muehleisen, giving a short course on using exercises to improve response playbooks to a diverse group of security professionals at the annual SecureWorld Seattle Conference in Bellevue, Washington, 13-14 November, 2019. While the training did include a brief use of the Decide® Distributed Exercise Platform, it was predominantly a primer for the draft 2019 Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program doctrine manual, which includes many of the same best practices that Decide® has baked into its core DNA. Participants included IT managers, planners and executives from academia, state and county government as well as medium to very large industry.
NUARI’s Decide(r) distributed exercise management platform to be an important part of enabling New England’s National Guard Cyber Yankee Exercise build on six years of progressive success by enabling two important new capabilities:
– multi-state execution
– real-time operational context
Decide(r) will provide CY20 Exercise Controllers and Observers with unparalleled visibility and awareness, helping realize the aggressive shared vision of these states and their mission partners.
This course will provide the fundamentals needed to design and develop a cyber annex for SLTTs. It will address what the annex is, how it is used, who should participate in the design, implementation and execution. At the end of this course, you will have the fundamentals needed to get your cyber annex started.
Vermont Adjutant General Visits Norwich University and NUARI. BG Greg Knight visited campus to talk to ROTC cadets and meet with University officials to strengthen relationships and research initiatives. NUARI President Susmann join BG Knight for a tour of the Regional Training Institute, located on the Norwich Campus, visiting with the 229th Cyber Operations Squadron and 3-124th Regiment, Information Operations Training Battalion. During the visit opportunities were discussed to grow the long standing partnership between the Norwich and the Vermont National Guard.
Andrew Bannon, Partner – Banking, Financial Services and Insurance Consulting, Transformation and Innovation at Tata Consultancy Services
Andrew was born and raised north of Boston in the Merrimack Valley, and is a 1996 graduate of the Norwich University Corps of Cadets. After serving as both an enlisted soldier and officer in the United States Army Infantry, Andrew started his professional career with KPMG Peat Marwick – one of the “Big-4” professional services firms, where he performed technology advisory and integration work to address the Year 2000 computer problem. Following completion of that work, Andrew focused purely on the financial services sector – staying with KPMG for 10+ years providing advisory and integration services to top-tier banking, capital markets and insurance clients. KPMG eventually spun-off their consulting arm to go public – becoming ‘KPMG Consulting’ and later ‘BearingPoint’.
Andrew left BearingPoint in the summer of 2008 and continued his consulting leadership journey with various professional services organizations. He is now a partner in the Consulting and Service Integration Group at Tata Consultancy Services (“TCS”), leading the advisory and transformation business for large, global banking and financial services accounts.
Andrew’s interests outside of work revolve around music, where he has 21+ years’ experience playing guitar. His musical interests expanded into music management, leading him to start his own independent record label in 2004. Andrew currently lives in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and son, where he is proud to walk around town with his Red Sox hat on.
The participants executed a Cyber Security Exercise on 16 April 2019 to identify gaps in response planning and execution across government both state and local with integration of the Virginia National Guard. Participants included the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Department of Homeland Security, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Fusion Center, Virginia State Police, Virginia National Guard, and the Virginia Defense Force. The distributive desktop exercise was conducted using the DECIDE platform around a county cyber incident escalation scenario. The exercise resulted in identifying over 4 critical issues.
The participants executed a first in a series of Cyber Security Exercises on 19 March 2019 to identify gaps in response planning and execution across government, academia, military capabilities and private critical infrastructure providers (in this case Telecommunications). Participants included the University of Washington Center Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC), Washington State CISO, Washington State Emergency Management, Washington National Guard, Department of Homeland Security, a large Telecommunication provider, 5 Industry partners, the 75th Innovation Command (USAR) and Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI). The distributive desktop exercise was conducted using the NUARI DECIDE platform around an embedded microphone exploit scenario that impacted State critical capabilities to disaster response. The exercise resulted in identifying over 7 critical issues.
Norwich University students in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Security and Information Assurance program provided cybersecurity support to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., during the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship played on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, between Alabama and Clemson.
Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) participated in the National Guard’s Cyber Yankee 2018 exercise by providing senior leaders access to the DECIDE exercise platform. The senior leader exercise was a decision making program that mirrored the larger exercise.