Line of Defense
We as a society are so reliant on our electronic
devices, and each one represents a potential entry
point for a hacker. The most important thing for
me as a manager is to understand all the tools
at play on any project so that my team and I can
understand what sort of “cybertrail” is being left
behind when those tools are used.
How do you ensure your team is always
ready to defuse a threat?
I’m much more of a big-picture person than a
micromanager. Micromanagement leads to lower
productivity and a lack of buy-in by team members.
Instead, I try to get team members to take the lead
on various parts of the project. I can outline all of
the areas we need to make sure are addressed in
The fight for national security is being waged
in cyberspace. A new generation of assailants is
wielding malware—and their weapons keep getting
more effective. Tyler Cohen Wood says the rapid
evolution of cyberthreats has made it increasingly
difficult to stay ahead of the curve. “Every bit of
code written by every team that I have worked
with or managed throughout my career has to be
done with an eye not just toward efficiency of use,
but toward potential vulnerabilities,” she says.
What’s the first step to preventing
Predicting threats before they happen. It’s much
easier for an attacker to find one way in than it is
for us to predict and secure all the access points.