Monday, November 13, 2017

Good bases

"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I see my daughters, two black girls, intelligent and beautiful, playing with their dogs in the gardens of the White House." This phrase, extracted from the emotional speech that Michelle Obama offered during the Democratic National Convention last year, gave rise to endless doubts about the origin of the White House. In fact, the few written records of the time do not allow to reach that conclusion with total certainty, but even if it is not entirely true, for a moment all citizens of the United States rethink the bases on which American pride is based.

Today, in the interview of the week, we meet Joe Stunz, who was Chief of Police for Casablanca in the National Security and Cybersecurity unit and now works in One World Identity, an independent search and strategy company. As happens with the origins of the White House, in almost any history the principles lay the foundations of the present and make things look from another perspective. Joe Stunz, thanks to his professional development, has a special ability to see the current situation of cybersecurity from a much broader point of view.

Evolution not only brings good things. Something that worries cybersecurity professionals is that as we evolve, we not only perfect our security measures, but attacks are perfected and made more complex. When Stuntz is asked about the current cyber risk that is facing the developed economies can´t help but point out that having more infrastructure and systems connected to the Internet the surface of attack is greater: "Connectivity will only increase the introduction of smart devices such as the IoT, the risk will continue to increase."

It is true that currently the dangers are large and increasingly diversified, but Stuntz is able to see beyond the risks that concern us today: "Beyond the very unlikely cyber attacks that cause physical impacts, the risks that most I'm worried about the financial sector. If confidence and security in markets disappear, the economy could collapse and due to the interconnectedness of economies today could lead to a global crisis. "

As Stunz previously pointed out, each country lives a different reality when we talk about technology, therefore the type of risks also varies: "Each country has a different level of maturity in terms of cybersecurity and a varied number of types of threats. It is true that some countries are not so developed technologically what can limit their economy but also reduces cyber risk. "According to Stunz the biggest problem today comes from a lack of global vision:" Cyber attacks can also occur as a reaction to international relations and political positions. The approach for countries must be to understand in a broader context and to see cyber as another tool in a country to achieve its objectives. "
Although it is true that awareness about cybersecurity has increased dramatically in recent years, there is still much to do and risks and threats increase every day. When Stunz is asked about how the government and administrations are focusing on cyber risks, this is his response: "The Government has had a quick response because it has to protect all the data and information that comes to it. Unfortunately, this awareness does not always translate into better security, but things are improving. "At the consumer level things change:" The increase in information leaks has resulted in a large cost both economically and in terms of consumer confidence. . Finally, the public is more aware as personal information and passwords are attacked more normally, but as it doesn´t impact on day-to-day actions, their awareness is not at the level of governments and companies. "

Society is beginning to be aware of the situation but perhaps not at the required pace. The higher layers are awakening, governments and large companies begin to take into account cybersecurity within their strategies. Users are costing them a little more, not seeing a change in their daily routines makes them feel the risk much farther than it really is. Let's try to avoid that, as in the White House, we will one day look back and want to change our way of doing things.

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