The interconnected nature of people, economies, and international infrastructure around the world can infuse seemingly isolated or remote events with global consequences. Events at home and abroad generate rapid effects, often in an interconnected fashion, driven by technological change and international communications. This accelerated flow of ideas, goods, and people around the world, while vital to supporting and advancing America’s interests, also creates security challenges that are increasingly borderless and unconventional.
Globally, natural hazards have increased in scale and impact, and emerging diseases move effortlessly across borders and expansively through global movement systems. To a greater degree than at any point in history, individuals and small groups—from nongovernmental organizations to criminal networks and terrorist organizations—have the ability to engage the world with far-reaching effects, including those that are disruptive and destructive.
“Just as today’s threats to our national security and strategic interests are evolving and interdependent, so too must our efforts to ensure the security of our homeland reflect these same characteristics. As we develop new capabilities and technologies, our adversaries will seek to evade them.” Hackers will continue to utilize new technologies to improve their performance - just as we do.
Local security, as an essential element of our Nation’s security. Municipalities and companies around the country must be firmly committed to an embedded set of mitigation strategies. Against this backdrop, leaders must implement physical and cybersecurity practices to protect our organization and its people. The silent threat is real and just because you can’t see the burrowing of threat agents doesn’t mean they are not occurring.
Among the forces that threaten the government, states and corporate interests are those that blend the lethality and high-tech capabilities of modern weaponry with the power and opportunity of asymmetric tactics. These challenges include things such as terrorism and cyber warfare. Local organizations must meet the challenges as well. The threats pose the novel employment of conventional weaponry, but also hybrid approaches. Countering such threats requires us to adapt traditional roles and responsibilities across the national security spectrum. The solutions must be crafted in a way that leverages the capabilities that exist both inside and outside of the government. Reorganizations need to know how and where to access resources. Many of these services and products are free. Of course, that can’t help if the end-user is unaware it is available to them.
Assistance to Evolving Cyber Challenges
Companies like Max Cybersecurity (dba Max Services), are skilled at helping municipalities and transit agencies build their approach for managing cyber issues. We perform risk assessments, vulnerability analysis, and build a culture of cybersecurity to enhance resilience. Max Cybersecurity features former FBI and Secret Service, professionals. The CEO of Max, Mike Echols, is a former Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Director at the Department of Homeland Security. We can assist any municipalities and corporations to build a better security apparatus and ultimately enhance their return on investment.