Cybersecurity Is National Security

Cybersecurity futurist Dan Geer has some rather grim predictions. Not only is cybersecurity a “paramount national security risk” but also technology is creating a changing world where interdependence is happening faster than we can manage it.

Taylor Armerding writes, “Dan Geer probably wouldn’t call himself a prophet. But he may come about as close to it as anyone in IT security. And his view is that while current trends in the online world are not necessarily irreversible, they are headed in a dystopian direction.

“Geer, CISO at the venture capital firm In-Q-Tel, who gave the closing keynote at SOURCE Boston 2017 this past week, even made a biblical reference early on— Corinthians 13:12: ‘For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.’

“But while he doesn’t claim prophet status, he is all about predictions. ‘The future is once and always the topic for any security talk,’ he said, because, ‘cybersecurity and the future of humanity are conjoined now.’

“Also because while geologic evolution can take millions of years, the cyber world is evolving, as he put it with significant understatement, ‘at a faster clock rate.’”

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