Once Upon A Time A Group Of Cybersecurity Experts Met At The World Economic Forum

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By Marco Ciappelli, host of The Cyber Society
A conversation with Ted Harrington | Executive Partner at ISE and organizer of the @IoT Village


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the intersection of IT security and society; welcome to ITSPmagazine.

This is Marco Ciappelli, and you are about to listen to another episode of my podcast series The Cyber Society.

Let's face it: the future is now. 

We are already living in a cyber society, so we need to stop ignoring it or pretending that is not affecting us.

Here is where IT security and society truly intersect. Here is where we discuss the impact that technology and cybersecurity - or the lack of - have on our everyday life. 

Here is where we look at all the internet-connected conveniences, we raise our voice and call for awareness, and we educate ourselves about information security, privacy, and cyber safety.

Because there is no better place than here, and no better time than now, to talk about the future of this digitally connected world.


Before I proceed further into this presentation, let me take a moment to remind you that ITSPmagazine is, and will always be a free publication.

Our mission is to raise awareness for cybersecurity by making it understandable, accessible, and part of everyone’s everyday life. Because of this, we rely on business sponsors, small individual donations and our own time and money to make this happen, and let me tell you there is nothing I would rather do than keep educating people about cybersecurity, running this column and ITSPmagazine. 

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So, get in touch with me if your company would like to join me on my quest to raise awareness about what it means to live in a Cyber Society — because there is no better place than here, and no better time than now, to talk about the future of this digitally connected world.


So What is this conversation about? 

It is about the World Economic Forum, which is an organization able to foster collaboration across industries, academia, and governments — including leaders of nations — in order to resolve the world’s most pressing international problems.

It is about cybersecurity, which is now officially recognized as one of the top 5 global threats. This is why WEF created a Center for Cybersecurity.

If InfoSec experts and practitioners already knew about the importance of their job, this would represent the ultimate validation and it would confirm that this is the leadership issue we all know it is. 

140 participants representing about 90 organizations and 25 nations spent two days together discussing how the cybersecurity challenge could be addressed and resolved as a cross-border issue, with no nationality.

Curiously — but maybe not too surprisingly — one of the core topics was application security and how its vulnerability is a key factor in today’s cybersecurity landscape.

Respecting the commitment to secrecy that the participating experts have to maintain in regards to who was there, in order to allow an open conversation, this story paints a fascinating and hopeful future made of cooperation amongst nations for the common good, and it shows that the cybersecurity community efforts to ring the alarm bells have not gone unheard. 


This is the most optimistic I have been in a while.
Maybe it will rub off on you if you listen. 

Let’s listen…


Enjoy the podcast, listen to it carefully, and share it recklessly! 

* If you have read my introduction above, you can go directly to the conversation by skipping ahead to 3:16 - Enjoy!


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