Cyber Future

Harold Collum, Founder and Executive Director of Cyber Future Foundation based in United States participates in Risk Roundup to discuss “Cyber Future”.

Overview

The on-going technology revolution in cyberspace is altering everything—from how we communicate, to how we make friends, how we work to how we shop, how we bank to how we go to war and more. The emergence of this rapidly innovating whole new world of cyberspace has given individual and entities across nations: its governments, industries, organizations, and academia (NGIOA) great promise as well as great peril.

Irrespective of cyberspace, geospace or space (CGS), the world is never shaped by “just” technology.

While the transformative abilities that technology from cyberspace brings humans; the impact, cyber technology has on every component of a nation; the influence cyber technology has on individual and collective human behavior, and the ability cyber technology brings in defining and designing new models of business, management, governance, processes and more is a step towards progress, development and the very future of humanity; the reality remains that its inter-connections and inter-dependencies with geospace and space brings many unwanted risks.

While it’s difficult to make precise predictions about the future of cyberspace, geospace or space; or its associated security risks and issues; we all, individually and collectively, do need to explore how connected computers, internet and the existing and emerging forces in cyberspace could intersect to reshape the relationship between humans and technology; and what it will mean to be “secure” not only today but also in the coming tomorrow.

In cyberspace, what is common to all is access to technology, data and information. But what is not common is how one uses that data and information, and for what purpose and goals. It is important that we, individually and collectively evaluate:

  • What is the future of cyberspace?
  • What are the strategic trends in cyberspace, and because of cyberspace in geospace and space?
  • Where is the progress happening in cyberspace?
  • In the leveled playing field of cyberspace, how are individual nations competing and laying a new foundation for lasting prosperity?
  • What are the different variables in geospace that will determine whether a nation will be able to use the information from cyberspace to develop, progress, and succeed across CGS?
  • What can nations do independently and collectively to improve its competitive and innovative position in cyberspace?
  • How will the current and emerging technological change in cyberspace change the global power dynamics?
  • How should any nation or all of its components (government, industries, organizations and academia) prepare for cyber future?
  • How will public policies impact potential cyberspace growth?
  • What is the state of cyber infrastructure across nations?
  • How are individual nations policies influencing cyber future?
  • Where do nations stand on collective cyber policy?
  • While each nation has great talent and creative power, will all nations be able to benefit from the cyberspace?
  • Can nations balance the call for security and privacy simultaneously?
  • How can nations create more sustainable advantage in cyberspace regardless of their state in geospace?

Conclusion

As nations spend heavily on creating the necessary cyberspace infrastructure to get more individuals and entities across NGIOA connected digitally to derive benefits from social and economic development opportunities that the connected computers and internet provides, the future of cyberspace is expected to face complex challenges and risks. Time is now to talk about “cyber future” and its associated risks!


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About the Guest

Harold Collum, is the Founder and Executive Director of Cyber Future Foundation.

About the Host of Risk Roundup
Jayshree Pandya (née Bhatt) is a visionary leader, who is working passionately with imagination, insight and boldness to achieve Global Peace through Risk Management. It is her strong belief that collaboration between and across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) will be mutually beneficial to all—for not only in the identification and understanding of critical risks facing one nation, but also for managing the interconnected and interdependent risks facing all nations. She calls on nations to build a shared sense of identity and purpose, for how the NGIOA framework is structured will determine the survival and success of nations in the digital global age. She sees the big picture, thinks strategically and works with the power of intentionality and alignment for a higher purpose—for her eyes are not just on the near at hand but on the future of humanity!
At Risk Group, Jayshree is defining the language of risks and currently developing thought leadership, researching needed practices, tools, framework and systems to manage the “strategic and shared cyber-security, geo-security and space-security risks facing nations today in a digital global age. She believes that the contested commons of cyberspace or space cannot be secured if NGIOA works in silo within and across its geographical boundaries in cyberspace, geospace and space. As security requires an integrated NGIOA approach with a common language, she has launched cyber-security, geo-security and space-security risk research centers that will merge the boundaries of geo-security, cyber-security and space-security.
Previously, she launched and managed “Risk Management Matters”, an online risk journal and one of the first risk publications, publishing “Industry Risk Reports of Biotechnology, Energy, Healthcare, Nanotechnology, and Natural Disasters” over the course of five years. Jayshree’s inaugural book, “The Global Age: NGIOA @ Risk”, was published by Springer in 2012.

About Risk Roundup

Risk Roundup: Webcast/Podcast, a global initiative launched by Risk Group, is an integrated cyberspace, geospace, and space (CGS) security risk dialogue for individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA). Risk Roundup is directly trying to promote and enhance CGS risk intelligence by collective participation of decision makers from across NGIOA.

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About Risk Group

Risk Group is an integrated cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS) security risk research organization. Risk Group is on a mission to epitomize collective risk intelligence of nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) as the synergistic intersection among independent as well as interconnected and interdependent CGS security risks to help achieve an effective process for better collective security risk intelligence, management and governance than silo and fragmented security risk approach that we have across nations today. Risk Group is determined to engage the collective NGIOA risk intelligence capability to manage CGS security risks—risks impacting individuals and entities across NGIOA. Having a collective NGIOA risk intelligence capability will be transformative for not only achieving CGS security but also global peace.

Risk Group believes that risk management, security and peace walk together hand in hand. Though security is related to management of threats and peace to the management of conflict, risk management is related to management of security vulnerabilities as well as management of conflict, and it is not possible to conceive any one of the three without the existence of the other two. All three concepts feed into each other. Risk Group believes that the security we build for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for everyone across nations. Tradition becomes our security-so if we build a culture of managing risks effectively it will lead us to security and security will lead us to peace!

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