FIC 2015: Cybersecurity & Digital Transformation

December 15, 2014

“Software is eating the world”: such were the words of Marc Andreeseen, the co-founder of Netscape, in a Wall Street Journal column in 2011. And as a matter of fact, reality will most probably go beyond imagination, since digital transformation, which started 30 years ago, is picking up speed and radically changing our institutions and way of life. This “second skin”, which superimposes and progressively irrigates the material world, is shaking up our design, production and distribution processes and, consequently, the traditional value chains. It is affecting the entire economy, from primary to tertiary sectors. The same applies to positions within companies: the digital world is no longer the prerogative of specialists, as clearly illustrated by the gradual shift of IT expenditure towards core business activities.

But this digital revolution demands ever more reliability and safety to establish the trust framework that is required for new uses to flourish. This applies for three levels. For companies, the use of cloud-based CRM or ERP software requires a clear vision of risks and the use of safety solutions that offer end-to-end data control. The issues at stake here are economic competitiveness and control over the company’s strategic data. For individuals, personal data have become a real market, from which the interested party is actually excluded. Here, the issues at stake are privacy protection and individual liberties. As for States, the transnational nature of cyberspace is accelerating the erosion of state sovereignty, which is indeed....

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