Collective Intelligence Podcast, Jon Condra on the BRI Decision Report Mid-Year Update
Security and risk decision makers have been on a pinwheel during the first six months of 2018, trying to assess, balance, and evaluate a fluid geopolitical scene, as well as the risks that threat actors pose to businesses and individuals from a variety of fronts. In response, Flashpoint this week released the mid-year update to its Business Risk Intelligence Decision report, which is an invaluable resource for security and risk professionals looking for not only a snapshot of threats but also invaluable context around those risks.
In this podcast, Editorial Director Mike Mimoso talks to Flashpoint Director of Intelligence, Asia-Pacific, Jon Condra, lead author of the BRI Decision Report. Jon, along with the analysts and subject-matter experts who contributed to the report, explains how the paper does a thorough job capturing the current climate around cybercrime, geopolitics, activists and disruptive actors, and jihadists, and how unfolding events and trends might adversely affect business.
Mike and Jon spend a bit of time on the biggest watershed moment of 2018, the denuclearization summit between North Korea and the United States, and how intelligence analysts walk a tightrope when it comes to assessing the reliability of the rogue nation and its leader Kim Jong Un. Jon also provides some insight into North Korea’s APT activity and how the country self-funds through attacks against financial institutions and infrastructure, as well as cryptocurrencies, and other high-value targets.
The next milestone moment of 2018 figures to be the midterm Congressional elections in the United States and whether Russian influence operations will again surface as they allegedly did during the 2016 presidential election. Things are relatively quiet in the middle of June, but analysts are cautious as the vote draws closer and speculation ramps up that a lack of response to the activities surrounding the 2016 election may embolden Russia once again.
Mike and Jon also spend time discussing the possibility of Iranian retaliation for the U.S. pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear accord, new developments on the cybercrime underground, and an overall slowdown of hacktivist and disruptive threat-actor behavior.
The Collective Intelligence Podcast, presented by Flashpoint and hosted by Editorial Director Mike Mimoso, features regular interviews with a diverse set of industry experts and Flashpoint analysts on the latest information security news and industry trends.
Director of Asia Pacific Research
Jon Condra serves as Director of Asia Pacific Research at Flashpoint. He joined the company in July 2014 from Versign iDefense. Aside from helping coordinate Flashpoint’s Subject Matter Experts and the delivery of intelligence products, Jon specializes in East Asian — and in particular Chinese — underground communities, including hacking, hacktivist, and cybercriminal communities. Jon speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese, and has a BA from Gettysburg College and an MA in Security Studies/Intelligence from Georgetown University.
Michael Mimoso brings over a decade of experience in IT security news reporting to Flashpoint. As Editorial Director, he collaborates with marketing, analyst, and leadership teams to share the company’s story. Prior to Flashpoint, Mike was as an Editor of Threatpost, where he covered security issues and cybercrime affecting businesses and end-users.
Prior to joining Threatpost, Mike was Editorial Director of the Security Media Group at TechTarget and Editor of Information Security magazine where he won several ASBPE national and regional writing awards. In addition, Information Security was a two-time finalist for national magazine of the year. He has been writing for business-to-business IT publications for 11 years, with a primary focus on information security.
Earlier in his career, Mike was an editor and reporter at several Boston-area newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.