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Blurred Threats: A Conversation with Ex-NATO Commander James Stavridis

Dean Stavridis The Fletcher School

He battled ISIS, the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, but what really worries Retired U.S. Admiral James Stavridis are the threats that concern you most.

“When I was the Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, people would say to me, ‘Admiral, well, what really keeps you awake at night? Is it Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, piracy …’ There was plenty to worry about on that job, believe me, but the thing that kept me awake at night was cybersecurity. And the reason is, only cybersecurity, of all those things I just mentioned, proceeds from the highest level of our national interest — our infrastructure, our transportation grids, our water management systems — through our medical, our educational, to our personal finance. And frankly it goes all the way to the most intimate details of our lives.”

Admiral Stavridis joins Gartner ThinkCast for a wide-ranging discussion on digital security. What are the top threats we face today? Why are the lines blurring between military and business threats? And most importantly, what can we do to tackle those threats?

Admiral Stavridis will be a keynote speaker at the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations Management & Data Center Conference, December 4-7 in Las Vegas. His presentation will be “Sailing the Cyber Seas: The Realities of 21st Century Security.”


01:43 — Blurring lines between national and business security

03:02 — How is the national security equation changing?

05:00 — The biggest cybersecurity concerns

07:32 — Is there hope?

11:32 — Steps to facilitate culture changes

15:23 — Final thoughts

Listen to the full conversation