The 8th Annual Chief Information Security Officer Middle East Summit & Roundtable will be held February 29-March 3, 2016 in Dubai, at the Habtoor Grand Hotel. It is my pleasure to be invited to join this prestigious event and offer a keynote address on “Achieving Digital Trust: A New Business Model for Security”. Those registering in advance will also receive an autographed copy of my new book. This is an exceptional opportunity for me to substantively explain how investments in security can connect to the wealth creation objectives of any corporation and its larger ecosystems. The attendees represent an outstanding portfolio of companies and executives and, should you be able to attend, there are many opportunities to meet personally … Read More
In February, 2015, Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, declared, “The digital revolution needs a trust revolution”. Fine words. An important call to action. But what has since transpired?
Not much. Rather than an optimistic gathering of revolutionaries, we have witnessed empty townsquares. Our commiserations about the need to transform toward optimism and leverage the Internet to be an indispensable, trusted utility have been whispers merely above that level of decibels which cannot be heard by the human ear. There is precious any evidence that a revolution has been organized, much less any indication that funds and resources are being allocated.
Instead, our headlines have emphasized the intentional authoring of software that is designed to generate deceptive data, the imposition of … Read More
A rule of our digital culture is to remain present. That is also an important principle in Buddhism. It is a rule that I have violated since my last blog post exactly one year ago. The violation is now over.
Friends and family know that I have been busy–writing my book, recovering from the near-death accident I had in August, 2014, building and teaching courses at Oxford, Georgetown, and Johns Hopkins, renovating our home for sale, finding a new adventure to live in a new town, buying a home, and moving. But through all of these events, I failed to remain present, commenting on current events, confronting the failures, and advocating for the future.
One year since my last post … Read More
On Thursday, January 14, at 12:00 noon, EST, and later on demand, the Cloud Security Alliance is hosting my first presentation of the Trust Decision Model, a new, visual model for how we make decisions and, in turn, how our decisions are trusted by others. The event, presented on BrightTalk, is free and you can register to access here. You are invited to join me and engage in the live Q & A about how the Trust Decision Model can improve the decisions of all stakeholders.
Drawn from my new book, Achieving Digital Trust: The New Rules for Business at the Speed of Light, the presentation will highlight that trust is not an emotion, but a calculation that … Read More
Earlier today, I joined an online webinar by Synopsys introducing the new standards for USBs, USB 3.1, also known as Super Speed Plus (or SSP). It is absolutely fascinating to appreciate the technology investments being made in improving the velocity with which data can move through the humble USB port, and the importance of that velocity to the speed of commerce and the functional use of computing and mobile platforms.
Just yesterday, in my first class this semester at Georgetown, we talked about the velocity of commerce and the functional truth that the Internet is an entire global contract engine, with each transaction being a negotiation between and across devices, applications and data sets.… Read More
Once again, the Sunday New York Times provides the stimulus for a post about trust. This week, an engaging story began with the headline, “Quenching Consumers’ Thirst for ‘Authentic’ Brands”. The reporting investigated how, particularly for online marketing and sales, retailers and product manufacturers are trying to connect to the vocabulary of “authenticity” and the traditions of the brand that trigger consumer enthusiasm and favoritism in a crowded global marketplace. Various studies and reports were described in which consumers were shown to find that “traditional Cajun” red beans and rice and “Grandma’s” zucchini cookies triggered more favorable reactions—the diners bought more often and said the products tasted better.
But, how are these vocabulary selections triggering these reactions? How does the … Read More
Since last week, the Wall Street Journal story has been haunting me, sitting on my desk awaiting my response. The story explains how China has sharply dropped the importation of U.S. grain, notably genetically modified varieties that are viewed with considerable concern. Grain companies are reporting losses of tens of millions of dollars and lawsuits are everywhere because the grain that was grown used seeds for which the genetic composition had not yet been approved by Chinese officials (or, it turns out, the seed control authorities of other nations).
What is fascinating to me is that we are now seeing the same battles over information—the small packets of data that grow and blossom into knowledge. National borders are becoming new … Read More
Recently, a potential business partner suggested an interesting exercise to determine how well we might bond together. Based on a project began in the 1950s, the assignment was to write 500-600 words entitled “This I Believe”. The instructions emphasize it is not a chance to write about faith, but about values.
Rather than spend hours deliberating on the topic, I chose to write response impulsively, from the gut. After a few weeks, I have concluded that, amidst the chaos of the world, the resistance of inertia against change, and my own awareness that my priorities for how to live out this life are beginning to become more clear, sharing my essay with my online community is the right thing to … Read More
The headline “We Can’t Trust Uber” in the New York Times drove dozens of emails and IMs toward me today from friends, acquaintances, and students. “Did you see this?” “Looks like trust is becoming hot.”
True enough, there seems to be a growing awareness of the power of data, and the ubiquity of surveillance and data capture as qualities of our lives in a wired society. But the article’s authors, an information professor at UNC and a professor of organizations and management at Northwestern University, offer a radical proposal on how to define and execute the role of government in the 21st century.
Alarmed by the power of data capture, they embrace an idea originally discussed in New Republic by … Read More
I am very pleased to announce that Cloud Security World 2015, May 19-21, 2015 in New Orleans has invited me to deliver a keynote address on Building Digital Trust. Perhaps more exciting is that Cloud Security World will serve as the official book release event for my forthcoming book, with a book signing event for registered delegates.
Be sure to check out the impressive agenda and I hope to see you in New Orleans!… Read More