As is clear from the front pages of newspapers recently, we are living in a world where open democratic values are under attack. Paris, Bamako, San Bernardino, Jakarta and Ouagadougou have all been targeted by terrorists.
The European Union is being challenged over nation-state loyalties: Geopolitical realities are driving many EU nations to open their doors to refugees while others are closing them in a time when the world is being held hostage to the senseless actions of entities that are neither nation nor state.
At the same time, we are in the midst of a technological revolution that is reshaping our society. The Internet of Things (or the fourth Industrial Revolution as it is sometimes known) is driving a whole new way for businesses to optimize operations.
The widespread use of software applications has already launched powerful new business models, where cost structures have completely been reshaped. Excess supply and demand are being taken up and satisfied. Operating-profit models are shifting. Labor models, also, eventually will be transformed.
But as essential and transformative as software has become, it also has introduced a digital threat vector for many of the same actors who seek to attack democracies in the physical world. We must resist responding to this threat by simply hardening borders, rescinding access and limiting the capabilities of technology. Rather, we must embrace a security posture that is empowering and foundational to the emergence of the type of society we strive for — an agile