February 2018: Crown Jewels Analysis (Jim Watters)

Speaker: Jim Watters
Date: Tuesday – February 20, 2018
Agenda: 6:00-6:45 Networking, FREE PIZZA and Roundtables
6:45-7:00 Opening Announcements
7:00-8:20 Featured Presentation
8:20-8:30 Closing Announcements
Who’s Invited: Everyone (industry, government, academia)
Location: The MITRE Corporation
Building S
202 Burlington Rd. (Rt. 62)
Bedford, MA 01730
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 The earliest arrival time at MITRE is 5:30pm, no one will be admitted prior to that time. Because of security concerns, you will need to present a Picture ID to the MITRE Security Department in the lobby and any large items you bring will be opened and inspected. The building is secured at 8:30pm. All attendees must have left the building by that time.

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Featured Presentation: Crown Jewels Analysis

Crown Jewels Analysis (CJA) is a process for identifying those cyber assets that are most critical to accomplishing an organization’s mission. As cyber threats continue to escalate, it is prudent to assume that Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) will successfully penetrate, and then deny/degrade critical services, requiring target organizations to “fight through” such attacks. Since it would be costly and difficult to design every component of a system to fight through all conceivable attacks, CJA is used to identify the must-have cyber assets for an organization’s mission.  CJA provides a repeatable, understandable means of generating a list of mission-critical cyber assets based on the impact of their loss.  This impact-based list helps focus subsequent threat analyses that add the likelihood component for determination of risk and development of mitigation strategies.  CJA was developed at MITRE in 2009, and has been applied on more than 20 government-sponsored projects.

Slides: CJA Presentation for SPIN 180220

About the Speaker

Jim Watters

Jim Watters is a Lead Cyber Security Engineer at the MITRE corporation, with over 20 years’ experience providing cybersecurity support to DOD programs.  Since joining MITRE, he has also been active in cyber resiliency and risk management, first as a primary developer of the Risk-to-Mission Assessment Process (RiskMAP) and more recently as developer, trainer, and implementer of the Crown Jewels Analysis (CJA) methodology.  His MITRE experience also includes work on the first Joint Mission Planning System to be fielded.

Before coming to MITRE, Jim served 20 years in the Air Force, retiring from active duty in 1990.  During his AF career, Jim flew on KC-135 tankers and EC-135 Advanced Range Instrumentation Aircraft.  He also participated in space launch operations at Cape Canaveral including one Titan and one Space Shuttle launch.  He subsequently managed cruise missile test support operations over the western U.S., and then MILSTAR terminal test and integration at Hanscom AFB.

Jim received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering in 1970 from the Air Force Academy.  He received a master’s degree in astronautical engineering from the AF Institute of Technology in 1979, specializing in spacecraft stability and control.

Born in San Pedro, CA in 1948, Jim is a third-generation California native.  He married the former Dianna Hendrixson of Alhambra, CA.  They have six children and 13 grandchildren, and gladly call New England their home.  When not traveling, they enjoy genealogy, ballroom dancing, and UML hockey.