Cybersecurity and the Wisdom of Tom Izzo
Published on June 5, 2017
Technical Director for Integrated Cyber Defense Operations, JHU/APL
"Do we just have a program, or do we have a team. Ever since I've been in this game, people have told me that a program is bigger than one person, one player, one coach. We're about to find that out.”
-Tom Izzo, Michigan State University men’s basketball coach, Oct 1999
In fall of 1999, Mateen Cleaves, point guard and only returning All-American on the MSU team, fractured his foot. MSU was ranked #3 in the preseason AP poll and the previous year, they made the Final Four for the first time in 20 years. Then Mateen goes down, taking with him the hopes of many Spartan fans. Enter Tom Izzo, the calm voice of reason (at least during this press conference), and he starts talking about the program. About leadership. About work ethic and no excuses. And he was right – the Spartans won it all that year and the MSU basketball program has become one of the best in the nation over the last 2 decades.
So I ask you – Do you have a cybersecurity program? Or a team?