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About Jeff Lipson

Jeffrey ‘JPL’ Lipson is an experienced entrepreneur, a Reserve Marine Colonel with over 27 years of military service and an avid technologist. Jeff’s last active duty tour was at the National Security Agency with Marine Forces Cyber Command. He deployed overseas numerous times to include Iraq, Liberia and Bosnia. A career intelligence and communications officer, Jeff is a recognized subject matter expert in the fields of information assurance and cybersecurity, and has a Master’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University. Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors for both Immaculata University’s and Yeshiva University’s Cybersecurity Programs. Jeff is equally active in philanthropy by serving as an involved member of the Philadelphia Committee for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

Don’t be like Chicken Little, but don’t ignore Cassandra either

Cassandra, a priestess of Apollo in Greek mythology cursed to utter true prophecies, but never to be believed   On my first day of the Marine Intelligence School, my instructors warned the class not to fall into one of the following two categories: 1) Apathy. When reading classified intelligence reports, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged by bad news. “The world is so messed up, there’s nothing we can do about it.” 2) Panic. It’s easy to become ‘Chicken [...]

2020-05-18T11:51:00-04:00By |

Surviving the Economic Typhoon

How large companies can do their part for small businesses In stormy seas, it’s better to be on a capital ship than a smaller one. For those familiar with Naval History, Typhoon Cobra, did significant damage to the US Fleet in December 1944. The smaller escort destroyers, without sufficient fuel reserves to use as ballast or for maneuvering, were hardest hit. Three capsized with the loss of 790 crew. Today, we face a similar crisis. As the economy comes to [...]

2020-03-22T14:21:49-04:00By |

Leadership Musings by JPL #3

One of the most rewarding things we as leaders get to do is see our teammates succeed and receive promotions. Regardless of occupation (military or otherwise) seeing our colleagues grow in their careers is very fulfilling. I was honored on Sunday to attend the promotion ceremony of Major Samuel (Sam) Nop, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Sam used to work for me at Marine Air Group 49 as a Corporal of Marines. At one point, Sam came to me and let [...]

2020-03-11T02:05:32-04:00By |

Nation-State Activity – Attack on Iran and What You Should Know

This week, the US carried out an airstrike against an Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned that "harsh retaliation is waiting" for the US after the airstrike. Khamenei declared three days of public mourning and appointed Soleimani's deputy to replace him. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the killing a "heinous crime" and vowed his country would "take revenge." Many pundits are debating what form of retaliation Iran will take. While kinetic actions may be among [...]

2020-01-05T17:04:47-05:00By |

Leadership Musings by JPL #2

The human condition is to make mistakes and learn from them. The ability to improve is what sets apart the winners from the mediocre. It's not all about talent. It's about dependability, consistency, and being able to improve. If you work hard and you're coachable, and you understand what you need to do, you can improve. - Bill Belichick None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. Lord knows, I've made my fair share. But what do we do [...]

2019-11-25T13:11:19-05:00By |

Cybersecurity and GI Joe

I recently read an article by Forbes' Serenity Gibbons that I found was spot on. I particularly love her analogy about race car brakes and speed. "A good way to think about cybersecurty is to compare it to the brakes on a race car. It's the brakes that truly make the speed possible. Without them, the speed would be pure recklessness." She outlines three major themes explaining why cybersecurity should be seen as an asset: Education. Let's face it - knowing [...]

2019-11-19T16:39:05-05:00By |

Surely, you don’t mean me…

Yes, I do - and stop calling me Shirley. For the past few weeks, I've been on the phone (at least twice a day) with a business owner and the recovery team working frantically to restore services after a particularly virulent ransomware attack. We're only now moving into forensic mode - determining what happened - after a difficult and arduous restoration process. Not only were the recent backups encrypted, the old backups were corrupted. Ugh. I've had similar engagement with [...]

2019-10-15T18:42:35-04:00By |

Work-Life Balance Also Means Cyber Resiliency at Home

Work-life balance is important. The ability to work from home offers people the ability to have the best of both worlds. However, before employers offer this benefit, consideration should be given to securing the home environment. First and foremost, cyber awareness training is a key component in having teammates work safely from home. In a recent article, James Leggate of Fox Business quotes Nationwide Insurance's VP of Cyber Insurance, Catherine Rudow: "Many employees may not realize the magnitude of risk [...]

2019-08-14T12:15:13-04:00By |

Leadership Musings by JPL

I recently completed my 27th year as a commissioned officer. With this milestone, I reflected on my journey as a leader. Like all 2nd Lieutenants, I was pretty naïve. Along the way, a little wisdom has come with age… I’d like to think that I intuitively learned; but I realized I needed to stick my fingers into the candle a few times to grasp the lesson… I was also fortunate to have great leaders as mentors. And sometimes, those leaders were [...]

2019-07-25T12:55:33-04:00By |

Quick thoughts for a summer of safe travel

This story from USA Today caught my interest given that the summer vacation season is upon us - I wanted to share with a wide audience. The article is worth a read. We typically think of hacking coming via phishing or some similar method; however, thieves are ingenious and will find ways to illicitly profit. A few important highlights to reinforce: Be wary about using public Wi-Fi or other public information systems (such as hotel lobby computers). Be careful about [...]

2019-06-10T23:16:01-04:00By |