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Caitlin Durkovich

A recognized expert in critical infrastructure security and resilience, including cybersecurity, Caitlin helps clients navigate the complex operational challenges posed by an increasingly interconnected and interdependent global economy. As a leader in the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama administration, she led the development of public-private partnerships to influence policy and best practices related to managing security and the operational risks of a continually evolving threat environment. Caitlin holds a B.A. in public policy studies from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University and a certificate in business strategy from The Aspen Institute.

Recent Posts

America’s Economic Future Depends on Infrastructure Innovation

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Oct 31, 2018 1:52:36 PM

The security and resilience of our critical infrastructure is a long-standing national and economic security matter. I recently spoke at an Electric Transmission Conference about grid resilience as a national security challenge. A common question arose - namely, how we can help Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) understand the national security imperative? Moreover, how can they grow more favorable to rate recovery for utility owners making security and resilience investments?

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The Future of Voting: A Technology and a People Problem

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Sep 19, 2018 9:30:00 AM

The 2016 elections delivered a number of bombshells. The one top of mind for most Americans is the unexpected presidential victory for Donald Trump. (To review, just prior to the November 8 election, national polling data showed Democrats at 272, Republicans 214[1] – with Clinton’s chance of winning at 71.4% over Trump’s 28.6%.[2])

 

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Security by Design: Creating the Critical Infrastructure of the Future

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Aug 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

We are regularly asked about the biggest risks to critical infrastructure. Recent news headlines blare concern about Russians infiltrating US utility control rooms, child hackers laying waste to voting machines, bridge collapses that serve as a reminder to crumbling infrastructure worldwide, and extreme weather that is exacerbating a taxed, highly interdependent and increasingly fragile infrastructure ecosystem.

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Investing in Shared Citizenship

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Dec 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Every day we wake up with headlines that describe the immense difficulties we face as a society. We hear about issues with infrastructure, health care, societal expectations, technological advancements, and more. It's not possible to address these challenges linearly. The ecosystem in which we live lacks sufficient controls to isolate the complexity of each issue. Gaining the perspective and understanding necessary to create real solutions requires a holistic, integrated approach that takes into account individual interests, social challenges, and active investment in a resilient future. 

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Not if. When. How do you prepare for the unexpected?

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Nov 1, 2017 9:30:00 AM

A slew of recent events has raised the question about the best ways for organizations to prepare for unexpected but inevitable events. Human nature – and therefore corporate nature, pushes us to rely heavily on the comfort of the absolutes that live in the rearview mirror. Even with the influence of sophisticated predictive analytics, planning for the future too often begins with a backward look and ends with the current state. Events throughout history remind us of the precariousness of such a shortsighted approach.

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Agile Security for the New Business Normal

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Aug 23, 2017 10:03:18 AM

“You’re only as secure as your weakest link.”

Caitlin Durkovich, Infrastructure Security Expert

 

The pace of change in the security and protection environment is radical. Interconnectivity and globalization have driven progress in enterprise, government, and private sectors. Yet they also have raised the level of the threat environment. Every day, we see proof that incidents are ‘when’ – not ‘if’ events. The sophistication of modern threat actors means that every opportunity for a lawful organization is an opportunity for an illicit one. Broad and constant data sharing brings with it a host of vulnerabilities, whether it’s a breach by an actual threat actor or an unintentional compromise by a team member or trusted partner.

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Infographic: What is the Future of Security and Protection?

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Jun 21, 2017 8:43:22 AM

Toffler Associates interviewed hundreds of subject matter experts to develop a perspective on the Future of Security and Protection. Combined with our deep understanding of drivers shaping the future and our ALTERNATE FUTURES ® scenario planning approach, we have begun to imagine what security and protection will look like in 2026.

 

 

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