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DEFINING A CYBER MOONSHOT

ON MAY 25TH, 1961…

President John F. Kennedy delivered his historic moonshot speech to Congress.

"Now it is time to take longer strides,” Kennedy told Congress that day, “time for a great new American enterprise—time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on earth.” He challenged the nation to a seemingly unimaginable task: putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

Three factors made this landmark achievement possible:

  1. Concerted leadership to drive unprecedented innovation
  2. A specific call to action to ignite unparalleled collaboration across the public and private sectors
  3. A sustained investment ensuring continued success.

Nearly fifty years later, the digital revolution is fundamentally changing the ways we interact with each other and experience our lives. As our lives move online, so have a broad range of threats. Today’s cybersecurity measures have been far outpaced by hackers, criminals, and nation states. This needs to change.

The time has come for a Cyber Moonshot.

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A NEW CALL TO ACTION FOR FEDERAL LEADERSHIP

To launch a moonshot for the Digital Era, federal cyber leadership at the highest levels must chart a clear path to securing the digital landscape over the next five years by taking a number of critical steps.

A key part of this journey is addressing the most pressing cyber risk on the horizon: using the Internet of Things against us. We must develop a way to secure the IoT by leveraging the latest technology: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

In five years, we can shift the balance and land another moonshot—but we must start today. Here are five things federal agencies can do now:

WHAT DOES "RESILIENCE" MEAN IN FEDERAL CYBERSECURITY?

“Safe” takes on a different meaning for each agency’s unique mission. At its core, safe means establishing a baseline level of confidence that does not waver when an unexpected event hits. It is about getting into a position where you have a systematic plan and cyber defenses in place when an attack occurs.

SAFE IS…

The ability for government, business and citizens to conduct business and engage without fear of loss, compromise or damage.

Rapid innovation to deliver enhanced citizen services built on a secure, resilient foundation.

Confidence that critical intelligence, plans, intellectual property and sensitive data are protected from those who would do harm while available with ease and trust to those who need it.

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TO SECURE THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY, LEVERAGE THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY

Human control and oversight at this scale will be impossible. To proactively pursue security solutions that detect and respond to threats at machine speed, AI and Machine Learning will play a significant role.

Traditional tools have focused on detection and remediation, which are too slow to combat the relentlessness of today’s threats. AI and Machine Learning advancements offer new possibilities to keep to pace with adversaries.

Moving IoT data endpoints to the cloud

AI leverages analytics to “learn” about normal activity and identify unusual, malicious behavior early.

Spotting vulnerable gaps

With the help of human checks and verifications, Machine Learning identifies vulnerabilities where devices and systems connect to one another.

Learning and innovating continuously

Additional benefits of using Machine Learning to secure the IoT include:

  • Drawing insightful patterns and trends from vast amounts of data
  • Developing more predictive security models
  • Learning from data without re-programming machines
  1. Gartner, 2017.
  2. Business Insider, 2015.
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OUR LEADERSHIP

“We live in a world where the weakest player is the source of a cyberattack, and all kinds of everyday items are now being connected to the internet. They all become potential threat vectors. This ever-expanding digital network must be secure if it is going to continue to be the backbone of the global economy”

GUS HUNT

Managing Director and Cyber Lead, Accenture Federal Services

As former CTO for the CIA, Gus Hunt continues to help protect our nation’s most valuable data as Accenture cybersecurity lead. Read the Q&A to learn more about Gus and his vision for accelerating federal security.

THE ATLANTIC CYBER FRONTIER SUMMIT

The Atlantic Cyber Frontier Summit: Gus Hunt Defines what it will take to ignite a cyber moonshot.

A journey to cyber resilience.

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Gus Hunt, Managing Director, Cyber Practice, Accenture Federal Services