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Using Recombinant Innovation for Post-Cyber Strike Recovery Means

posted May 6, 2018, 4:55 PM by James Caroland   [ updated May 6, 2018, 5:00 PM ]
By LtCol John Dobrydney, U.S. Marine Corps, CISSP, Contributing Editor  

Article Summary:  

A large-scale cyber strike is expected to disrupt many governmental, economic, and societal processes that rely on the Internet’s inherent connectedness.  The disruption is expected to cause cascading second and third order effects through society that are not easily recoverable given an increasing reliance on all things digital.  One major challenge with the aftermath of a debilitating cyber-strike is how to return to a functioning “normal” without the expected conveniences, Internet provided communications capabilities, or even the resident knowledge and processes from the old, “analog” processes.

Applying the economic principle of rational people acting to satisfy unlimited wants with limited means, Recombinant Innovation provides a means to repurpose previously unconsidered processes and resources to solve the post-strike challenges.  Automobile manufacturing, the music industry, and even medical surgery materially benefited from recognizing a need and then satisfying it with recombining existing processes and resources.
Effective post-strike recovery begins with proper planning prior of the disaster.  Those members of society closest to the emerging post-strike problems are best suited to solve them; therefore, government agencies should encourage and support Recombinant Innovation at the lowest governmental and societal levels and provide guidance and resources as society rebuilds its capabilities.    


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