Cyber Security: Practical and Cost Effective Ways to Improve

During my initial months as CIO of the Air Force, I thought that our cyber security was pretty good.  After all, the Air Force is a highly technical organization and a culture of security was pervasive in the military. My false sense of comfort was punctured by a couple of security penetration tests conducted against the Air Force… Read More »

John M Gilligan

A National Cyber Information Sharing Framework

(Published by AFCEA, Primary author John M Gilligan) — There has been increased public dialogue recently regarding the importance, the potential benefits, and the urgency of sharing cyber-related information. The inference from much of the dialogue is that information sharing is viewed as a primary means to improve the Nation’s cyber security posture. AFCEA’s Cyber Committee has been… Read More »

John M Gilligan

Effecting Lasting Change: Leadership, Legislation, or Something Else?

I believe that most of us would describe ourselves as welcoming positive change.   However, most managers would say that change, especially in large organizations, is enormously difficult. What makes change so difficult? I frequently hear comments from those expressing a need for change that: “we just need some legislation…” or in other cases “we just need stronger leadership…”… Read More »

John M Gilligan

Making an Agile Organization

The term ‘agile’ is frequently used in today’s business environment.  Many organizations claim to be agile or profess to implement agile software development.  But what does being agile really mean? In my experience, very few organizations are actually agile in how they address every aspect of the business, much less in their software development processes.  However, the benefits… Read More »

John M Gilligan