From Trenches to Tranches: Cybersecurity Bridges, Military, Civilian Worlds

When news of the SolarWinds hacking campaign came out in December 2020—an operation that used that company’s information technology (IT) infrastructure management software as a jumping-off point for attacks against thousands of corporations and federal agencies—U. S. Army Reservist David Dodson had a singular perspective. Like many other reservists throughout all military and National Guard branches, Dodson is a cybersecurity expert with one foot planted in the military realm and the other in the business world. When his defense contractor employer and his reserve unit separately analyzed the attack and its implications, they approached it from different perspectives. Dodson bridged the two and shared analysis, insights, and actions that the organizations wouldn’t have gained on their own.

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