CHAPTER 8: FROM REACTION TO PROACTION: APPLYING STANDARDS IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF CHANGE AND DANGER

We cannot predict our future with absolute certainty, but we can make assumptions about the future security environment based on important, observable global, political, military, economic, technological, and demographic trends. From these trends, we can speculate chaos, not calm, which permeate the geopolitical landscape for the next several years. (General Henry Shelton, 1997)1

In security parlance, there are essentially two approaches – reactive and proactive. And there is constant debate amongst cybersecurity professionals as to whether proactive security or reactive security is better or is a balance between the two the correct approach. In ...

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