Why the Australian Defence Organization Is Recruiting Cyber Analysts on the Autism Spectrum

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It seems like every week brings news of yet another major cybersecurity breach. Evidence suggests that the bad guys are getting smarter and more professional. Nowhere is the problem tougher than in national defense, where sophisticated actors, including nation states, engage in cyberwarfare. A big part of the problem: There simply aren’t enough great cyberdefense analysts to go around.

The Australian Defence Organization (ADO), which consists of  the Australian Defence Force and the civilian Australian Department  of Defence personnel supporting the ADF, has the same escalating challenge. To help address it, ADO has, with the help of some innovative business firms, leapt to the forefront with a new approach to sourcing cybersecurity talent: “Dandelion programs.” They tap non-traditional talent sources — especially people on the autism spectrum who, because of the social difficulties that accompany their disorder, can have trouble getting hired and remain unemployed. As the pioneering Danish firm Specialisterne showed first

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Leading in a World Without Secrets

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Buried amid the furor of speculation about what results of the U.S. election mean for businesses is a fact that’s getting too little attention, but that CEOs and business leaders will definitely need to adjust to: it’s gotten much harder to keep your company’s secrets. Leaked communications that were presumed private at the time have apparently had a major impact on world events. It’s a trend that was already well underway in business, with hacks on companies like Ashley Madison, and leaks of emails from companies like Sony. We’ve had a tendency to think of these primarily as addressable technical failures. It should now be dawning on us that they also reflect a new reality when it comes to keeping legitimate business secrets, requiring a new mindset and strategies from those leading all kinds of enterprises, especially in knowledge-intensive industries. The primary driver of this new reality is
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