The Spirit of Secure The Village

We believe it takes a village to secure the village TM.

We believe managing our security and privacy is a community-wide effort.

We believe managing our security and privacy begins in conversation.

We believe we can only secure our communities by working together: through collaboration, through education, and, most importantly, by uniting with one another to address the security and privacy issues we face. By leveraging each other’s expertise and by reaching out to the community, we strive to make 1 + 1 = 1000.

There is no one answer to the challenges of cybercrime, cyber privacy, or the assault on our freedoms they represent. There is neither a silver bullet nor an easy road map for navigating today’s challenges or the next set of challenges that come our way. The security and privacy issues we face today did not exist on anything close to our scale even ten years ago. We are in uncharted territory and we need to make the map together.

In today’s new normal, no one is as smart as everyone.

Security. Privacy. Freedom.

Cybersecurity and privacy are incredibly nuanced disciplines, interacting in ways we have never before encountered. They weave together law, technology, risk management, governance, law enforcement, the regulatory environment, public policy, education, political philosophy, psychology, and even questions of freedom … and of war and peace.

In 2019, Ron Ross was the keynote speaker at Cybersecure SoCal 2019, the second annual conference SecureTheVillage produced with the CyRP Program at Pepperdine University. Ron is a Fellow at NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Ron’s focus areas include cybersecurity, systems security engineering, cyber resiliency, security architecture, privacy, and risk management. 

Taking his audience through the evolving risk landscape, sharing several examples of espionage and cybercrime, and the deep challenges of engineering security and privacy into our systems, Ron left us with a sober message … that without cybersecurity … without privacy … without these … there is no freedom. And he left us motivated … sharing with us how … every morning … when he goes out to walk his dog … he takes a big deep breath of freedom.

We All Have a Role to Play

SecureTheVillage’s perspective is that … if we are to have a cybersecure global village … if we are to continue to breathe free … we must get everyone involved. Everyone has a role to play. Everyone must become a CyberGuardian. It takes a village to secure the village TM.

  • We all have a role to play in securing our businesses and places of work, and protecting the privacy of those who share their information with us. Cybersecurity is everyone’s job. Everyone from the Chairman of the Board to the receptionist has a role to play.
  • We all have a role to play in securing our homes and families, and protecting our privacy.
  • We all have a role to play as citizens. If we are to continue to breathe free we must understand the issues sufficiently well to support our elected officials as they work to meet our cybersecurity and privacy challenges.

Consistent with our vision that a cybersecure global village can only be realized to the extent that everyone is a CyberGuardian — and based upon our own experience as an organization that spent our first 5 years tethered in Los Angeles — the leadership of SecureTheVillage lies in joining creatively with others to help change the behavior of those on the front-lines … that all-important last mile.

  • Board members needing to provide effective information security governance
  • Executives who must provide information security management and leadership
  • IT and security technology leaders with responsibility for securing the IT network
  • Financial service professionals having to protect their customers from BEC and other online financial fraud
  • Attorneys who must counsel their clients on evolving security and privacy laws, and other security / privacy legal challenges
  • Insurance brokers who must help their clients manage the financial risks of cybercrime and privacy
  • Residents who must protect themselves and their families from identity theft and other cyber challenges, and who must be cyber-aware citizens

Our vision of a cybersecure global village runs deep.

Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace: The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) is helping to promote mutual awareness and understanding among the various cyberspace communities working on issues related to international cybersecurity. GCSC’s Norm 7 on Basic Cyber Hygiene as Foundational Defense states “GCSC believes that fundamental cybersecurity defense through the widespread adoption of cyber hygiene has become essential to the responsible use and beneficial growth of the Internet. Security must be seen as a continuous process with responsibilities distributed among all actors with mechanisms in place, such as automated reporting and information sharing, to ensure appropriate accountability.”

People-Centered Internet: People-Centered Internet (PCI) is a “501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to ensure that the Internet is a positive force for good that improves the lives and well-being of people around the world. This includes promoting connectivity, fighting disinformation, contributing to the discussion about technology ethics, supporting the development of people-centered applications and initiatives, advising policymakers, and leveraging technology to help communities be more resilient.” PCI was founded by Vinton Cerf, one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols, and the architecture of the Internet.

Information Systems Security Association and ISACA: Our situation is analogous to what it was 40 years ago in the founding years of information security. That was when a group of IT professionals from financial services, insurance, the aerospace industry, and others came together to learn together and began to grow a community of information security professionals. This was the birth of ISACA and the Information Systems Security Association, the birth of the cybersecurity profession. 

Our efforts support the higher purpose of advancing the common good.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: SecureTheVillage enthusiastically embraces the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We need everyone to be a CyberGuardian, no matter their race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status or political perspective. This means we must be welcoming to everyone, no matter their particular identity. Our leadership in addressing the cybersecurity workforce challenge directly supports addressing the diversity, equity, and inclusion challenge for minorities and others who have historically too often been marginalized.

Weave: the social fabric project: “The Weaver movement is repairing our country’s social fabric, which is badly frayed by distrust, division and exclusion. People are quietly working across America to end loneliness and isolation and weave inclusive communities,” writes Board Chair David Brooks. “Weavers are working to create a better future – a nation brimming with deep, healthy connections, where mutual trust and affection is the standard, equity is implicit, and all people find joy and meaning in daily life.” Weave is “people building connection where there was no connection, creating relationships where there were no relationships, weaving thick neighborhoods where there were thin neighborhoods.”

Advancing the common good is not new to us or for us. Historically, it speaks to the understanding that we are stronger together than apart. It speaks even more deeply to our human need for connection and to belong to a community. We do better when we work together, when we share the responsibility of solving problems, when we allow our collective knowledge to help us do the things that are beyond what any of us can do alone. Not surprisingly, we also feel better when we work together to solve big problems; and this collective feeling energizes us to do even more.

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