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This is how to prepare for a cyber attack

Cybersecurity is only in the spotlight when it fails. After high-profile, large-scale data breaches, it takes a beating. But cybersecurity provides critical layers of infrastructure in our modern, cyber-dependent society. Rehearsing for potential failures is always worthwhile. Executives tend to relegate cybersecurity to the IT department. That is a mistake, because cyber incidents affect the entire organization. We should conduct regular cybersecurity drills, as we do fire and safety drills. That’s where tabletop exercises can play a big role. At last month’s Cyber3 Conference Tokyo 2017, international stakeholders from academia, industry, government and civil society gathered at Keio University for

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Cybersecurity lessons for 2020 and beyond

Good cybersecurity has tremendous potential to improve society, business and services we use every day. Because of its very nature, though, it involves discussion of bad actors and defensive measures, which can easily skew public perception. Indeed, big breaches seem to be occurring more and more frequently, and the bad guys are always in the headlines, making it all the more important to pause and take stock of the situation. In October, international stakeholders from academia, industry and government gathered in Japan for the third annual Cyber3 Conference Tokyo 2017. The two-day event was held at Keio University in conjunction

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This is what will keep us human in the age of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is making speedy progress in acquiring skills that were previously regarded as exclusively human. Whether it’s beating masters at the ancient game of Go or getting better and better at autonomous driving, the many emerging forms of computer intelligence are giving us pause as a species. AI is real and it’s the next big thing in our social evolution. Even if you don’t believe in the singularity — the theoretical point at which AI will outstrip all human intelligence — it’s undeniable that AI is playing an increasing role in our everyday lives, from serving up search results, car navigating, suggesting

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What nature teaches us about managing risk

In the last few weeks, I’ve attended more than my usual number of international cybersecurity conferences, and the perspective, scope and dimensions of the discussion have evolved quite a bit in the last few years. I’ve been speaking with people from different backgrounds on this topic at events hosted by the United Nations to discuss the counterterrorism angle, by NATO for its use of the military and warfare, by Interpol for the balance between law enforcement needs and public privacy, and even by the OECD for the asymmetries that developed countries face in protecting themselves. This has allowed me to

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9 ways to stay safe from cyberattacks

“April is the cruelest month,” T.S. Eliot wrote, but if he were alive today and working in cybersecurity he might have chosen May. This month saw a ransomware cyberattack that was startling in its scale, affecting hundreds of thousands of computers around the world in networks ranging from railways to hospitals, causing treatment delays for patients in the UK. While the WannaCry attack was entirely preventable, it can offer several lessons about prevention and resilience that bear repeating. The price of complacency This latest strain of ransomware takes advantage of a vulnerability in Windows that, according to Microsoft, uses software

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