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Booz Allen’s Mark Gerenscer: One to Watch in ’11

Mark Gerenscer

Booz Allen Hamilton’s Mark Gerenscer was selected by ExecutiveBiz as a “Person to Watch in 2011.”

Here’s why:

“When it comes to cybersecurity, it’s time to get back to basics. Sure, the cyber threat is evolving at a warp speed, demanding, in turn, new, rapid-fire solutions on the technology front. At the same time, addressing this looming threat often has less to do with technology and more with tapping into foundational principles — bedrock principles, among vested parties — that can offer guidance in the midst of a brewing cyber storm.

“Booz Allen Executive Vice President Mark Gerencser outlined those bedrock principles back in 2008 with his book, Megacommunities. In it, he argued the world’s global issues, including cybersecurity no less, require “megacommunity” thinking.

“It might just be time to give Gerencser’s book a second read. The events of this past week confirmed as much, when a group of hacktivists infiltrated global financial institutions in retaliation for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest. Those events reminded more than a few cybersecurity analysts and leaders that a network so vast — and vulnerable — requires an equally vast and expansive counterresponse. Something on the order of a megacommunity.”

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