Information can affect resilience in many ways, both positively and negatively—from inspirational leadership, data-driven decisions and AI, to cyberattacks, communications interruptions and misinformation campaigns. Compound threats use information disruptions to increase the impact of concurrent events like natural disasters. Growing links between operational technologies (OT), such as generators, and IT networks are increasing interdependent vulnerabilities. This seminar will examine today’s complex information environment and how it can affect both operational resilience (the ability of networks, systems and processes to absorb damage and keep operating) and cultural resilience (an organization’s willingness and ability to keep fighting when under attack). The goal is to help organizations leverage the stresses and shocks to emerge stronger—be prepared to “bounce forward better.”
Dr. Linton Wells II is Executive Advisor to the C4I & Cyber Center in VSE, and also to the new trans-disciplinary Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC) He focuses on links between policy, technology and decision-making, especially in building resilience and cybersecurity. He has extensive civilian government leadership experience in national security affairs, including service as acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer (CIO), as well as command, control, communications and intelligence (C3I) and civil-military relations. From 2010 to 2014 he led the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University. He was a career naval officer. He also advises VSE’s Community Resilience Laboratory. See also Dr. Wells on wikipedia.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
C4I Center ENGR 4705