Securing the Foundations of our Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 1 the Commission issued its final Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. Technological advancement is outpacing security and will continue to do so unless we change how we approach and implement cybersecurity strategies and practices.

Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

From time immemorial, our identity systems have been based on face-to-face interactions and on physical documents and processes. But, the transition to a digital economy requires radically different identity systems.

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a triple operating system

Harold Jarche

There are advocates for a dual operating system to deal with the complexity of the networked era: one that is hierarchical and another that is networked. This trinity is not three separate operating systems.

“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article makes a strong case for flexicurity - shorthand for flexible security, - a social model from the Nordic countries which aims to achieve both flexibility in labor markets and security for workers. Entrepreneurship and flexible security.

cooperation, measurement, security and more

Harold Jarche

When we understand our business and our organizations as a system, we can make educated guesses on what would lead towards better performance for the whole company. Systems thinking helps us find leverage.

Deaf police to monitor security cameras in Mexico

Mind Hacks

He noted these police officers have a very strong deaf and visual sense and can better detect what is happening in different places where the cameras are located; they can often remotely read the conversations of people, to the benefit of this security system that operates 24 hours a day.

Noam Chomsky, security, and equivocal information

David Weinberger

I have yet to find any system of power that thought it was doing the wrong thing. That’s why you should be extremely cautious when you hear an appeal to security. I don’t doubt that the US security folks believe it, but it is without meaning. security folks say they are spying on us for our own security, are they saying literally nothing? Chomsky’s generalization that governments always justify surveillance in the name of security.

Real Profitability Part II: classical System Integrators

Martijn Linssen

Still, the quest continues, and this post contains the same calculations for the classical system integrators: Accenture, Capgemini, Logica and Atos Origin. For now, I think youll just feel bad for the poor system integrators - or at least their employees? Business or Pleasure? -

The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

To reach a higher level of privacy and security we need to establish a trusted data ecosystem, which requires the interoperability and sharing of data across the various institutions involved. The Economist’ s May 6 issue referred to data in its cover as the world’s most valuable resource.

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Let The Next Adventure Begin – The What Next (The System of Me)

Luis Suarez

A system of me , Luis Suarez, a.k.a. Before I go on and explain what I mean with that system of me, please do allow me to share a story over here that would help explain why I am choosing those words carefully in terms of what I will be doing next. Well, that’s where the system of me idea kicks in. Unleashing the system of w e! After yesterday’s blog post, I guess today’s the one everyone has been waiting for. Myself included.

Can cyber-crime result in global financial systemic risk?

Ross Dawson

Financial systems evolve, and even while banks continually improve their protection, there will be ways to attack banks. At a sufficient scale, that could impact money supply and the integrity of the global financial system. Bank security is not just about protecting banks.

6 uncertainties that will shape the future of mobile operating systems

Ross Dawson

I began by looking at the mobile operating system landscape, showing the forecasts recently made by Gartner, as below. I would not make the same forecasts for a number of reasons, however Gartner’s figures are a reasonable stab at what mobile operating system shares might be.

Digital Twin: Bringing the Physical and Digital Worlds Closer Together

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A Digital Twin is essentially a computerized companion to a real-world entity, be it an industrial physical asset like a jet engine, an individual’s health profile, or a highly complex system like a city. A few weeks ago I first learned about a relatively new concept - Digital Twin.

Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Foremost among these limitations are privacy, security and inclusion. “Doing business on the Internet requires a leap of faith” because the infrastructure lacks the necessary security. Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet protocols?

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Systems Metabolic Engineering — “Advances in synthetic biology, systems biology, and evolutionary engineering mean that the list of building block chemicals that can be manufactured better and more cheaply by using plants rather than fossil fuels is growing every year.”.

Adventure & security

Dave Snowden

Nothing pleases people more than to go on thinking what they have always thought, and at the same time imagine that they are thinking something new and daring: it combines the advantage of security and the delight of adventure. On the other hand, to define different ways to manage based on different types of system (in the case of complexity) is revolutionary. So new wine for new wineskins, it's a simple test and while it has a delight of adventure it is far from secure.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These systems were optimized for simplicity and flexibility, and their graphical user interfaces led to many innovative applications, including the new web-based applications in the 1990s.

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The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Instead, IoT should be viewed through the lens of so-called settings , - the physical environments in which these various systems and applications are deployed, - which better captures the overall value created for all parties in each setting, - e.g., companies, government, consumers and workers.

Smart Cities as Systems of Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He then proceeded to articulate the two key reasons for focusing on cities, one centered on people, the other on technology and systems. are increasingly the central arena for success or failure. ” “And a city is a system - indeed, a city is a complex system of systems. All the ways in which the world works - from transportation, to energy, to healthcare, to commerce, to education, to security, to food and water and beyond - come together in our cities.”.

The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Former national security advisor Tom Donilon and former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano serve as chair and vice-chair respectively. In the early decades of the IT industry, different vendors brought to market their own proprietary systems and networks.

Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Just sending an e-mail or exchanging information across systems based on different vendors’ networks and applications was quite a chore. The use of open standards and open source software made it much easier to send an e-mail or share information across disparate systems and institutions.

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Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition to keeping up with the explosive scalability requirements, IT infrastructure face very serious challenges in the areas of security, privacy and robustness. How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT?

Reflections on the Longevity of Mainframes

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As pointed out in the announcement, the new system is a result of more than $1B in R&D investments over the past four years, resulting in major improvements in performance, security, availability and other key enterprise features. I was a second year college student at the University of Chicago when the System 360 was first announced in April of 1964. The architecture of client-server systems was quite different from that of mainframes.

The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let me know discuss the use of blockchain technologies for enhancing the overall security and efficiency of our transactional systems. Blockchain technologies have the potential to significantly strengthen the security of our 21st century digital economy.

The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given its intangible character, it’s not surprising that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) have in turn led to advances in the way we deal with money and payments, as well as with identity, trust and other key attributes of a well-functioning financial system.

How Will AI Likely Impact How We Work, Live and Play?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Public safety and security. “One of the more successful uses of AI analytics is in detecting white collar crime, such as credit card fraud.

The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article introduces a whole new class of smart connected products - “complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity in myriad ways.”. Should the company pursue an open or closed system?; .

New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is the first time in human history that we have the ability to see enough about ourselves that we can hope to actually build social systems that work qualitatively better than the systems we’ve always had. On May 22 I attended the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

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Towards a Trusted Framework for Identity and Data Sharing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

From time immemorial, our identity systems have been based on face-to-face interactions and on physical documents and processes. But, the transition to a digital economy requires radically different identity systems.

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The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Until the early 1990s, it was quite difficult to get different IT systems to talk to each other. Just sending an e-mail across two different applications from two different vendors was quite a chore, as was sharing information across disparate systems.

The Untethered, Hyperconnected Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Stitching together the overall infrastructure to support a variety of cloud services and mobile devices requires discipline, otherwise things will not work or there might be serious security and quality breakdowns. . There is little question that the maintenance of legacy IT systems and and applications consumes a great deal of time and expense in most organizations, which is why startups can often move so much faster to embrace disruptive innovations.

Is There a STEM Crisis or a STEM Surplus?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A NY Times article recently added that “The United States is producing more research scientists than academia can handle… The lure of a tenured job in academia is great - it means a secure, prestigious position directing a lab that does cutting-edge experiments, often carried out by underlings.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Systems impact : “The breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance.”. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet infrastructure? Foremost among them is security. Consequently, there’s no one overall owner responsible for security. Why do firms exist?

Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain will become [the] beating heart of the global financial system…” it added in a related media statement.

Is FinTech Forcing Banking to a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But over time, blockchain technologies could start replacing these legacy, proprietary infrastructures with distributed shared infrastructures more appropriate for dealing with the huge scalability and security challenges of the digital economy.

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A Kind of Digital “Perfect Storm”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Chief technology officers loved its emphasis on security. Nocera compares the decline of Blackberry to that of Wang , which in the late 1970s and early 1980s was the leader in office systems. “At

The Rise of the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These workers, many of them unionized, enjoyed relatively secure, stable jobs and a number of company benefits, including health care insurance, vacations and retirement pensions. .

The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Online reputation systems , where people rank buyers and sellers, are critical to the smooth functioning of collaborative markets. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture

Computing Beyond Moore’s Law

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And, and as is often the case when it comes to highly complex systems, I find myself turning to biology as a source of inspiration, in particular, to evolutionary biology. Initially, we used these components to develop what in retrospect were not-very-powerful, stand-alone computer systems.