Cyberwarfare / Nation-State Attacks , Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development

Practical Lessons From Battlefields for CISOs

Retired Lt. Gen Hooda on Applying Military Tactics to Beat the Cybercriminals
Retired Lt. Gen. Deependra Singh Hooda

Enterprises must reassess their cybersecurity readiness and strengthen their defenses against evolving sophisticated threats that resemble a cyberwar battle. CISOs are tasked with the critical mission of developing new strategies to combat emerging threats and staying ahead of hackers in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. To achieve this, businesses must adopt military techniques and tactics used in winning cyberwars and ensuring resilience.

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"Meticulous planning and preparation are vital. While prevention methods can help reduce the risk of attacks, responding effectively to such incidents is equally crucial," said retired Lt. Gen. Deependra Singh Hooda. "It's important not to rely solely on past experiences or lessons learned from previous conflicts. Instead, businesses must stay agile, innovative and adaptable to tackle new challenges and emerge victorious in the cyber domain."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at ISMG's Dynamic CISO Excellence Awards and Conference, Hooda discusses:

  • The techniques of military operations that can be used by cybersecurity practitioners;
  • Best practices for assessing risk while drawing parallels with the civil war;
  • The art of deterrence in cyberwar.

Hooda retired from the Indian Army in November 2016 after four decades of service. He has received numerous prestigious awards for his exceptional military achievements, including the Vishisht Seva Medal on two occasions, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal.

About the Author

Smruti Gandhi

Smruti Gandhi

Executive Editor, ISMG

Gandhi has more than a decade of experience in community engagement and incubating industry events. She is extremely proactive in building engagements with communities including CEO, CFOs and CIOs. Prior to joining ISMG, she worked with Dun & Bradstreet and Great Place to Work.

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