Topics related to the security of IT systems, whether in business, espionage, terrorism or warfare
Energy cybersecurity: The need for effective resilience
Despite repeated warnings of a “digital Pearl Harbor,” advanced economies such as the United States and the European Union are more exposed to cyberattacks than ever. These vulnerabilities can be traced to the spread of new digital technologies, the electrification of transport and heating systems, robotics and artificial intelligence. That puts a premium on efficient cybersecurity strategies based on a layered defense in depth, focused on mitigating the effects of attacks and allowing faster recovery of critical infrastructure.
Computing China’s future
China has long played catch-up in many industries, but it no longer needs to chase in high-performance computing. The country now has the two fastest supercomputers in the world, and has put itself in the forefront of a wave that will one day overwhelm binary digital technology – quantum computing. If China establishes leadership in this field, it could close the military technology gap with the United States and shift the geopolitical balance.
GIS Dossier: Return of the Daddy State
The aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2008 financial crisis have led to calls for a dramatic increase in the powers of government. Even the ubiquity of internet-based technologies and the populist backlash against political establishments have had the paradoxical effect of promoting centralization. Yet in both politics and economics, there is plenty of evidence that state paternalism is the wrong answer.
Opinion: Peace in Europe and the importance of NATO
Tensions are rising as global power shifts toward China and Russia. Europe’s security is at risk. The countries on this northwestern edge of the Eurasian-African landmass must understand their special position in limiting incursions from the east toward the North Atlantic. This means providing for a robust defense and establishing a credible deterrent. If Europe fails to do this, it could become the battlefield in the next great global war.
The fog of cybersecurity
A worldwide surge of sophisticated cyberattacks has alarmed business, governments and experts alike. As long as it remains difficult to identify the attackers, while offensive cyber tools become more commonplace and easily available, one can expect such assaults to increase. Disruptive attacks on critical infrastructures have already crossed the “red lines” of past forecasts. Even so, we may still be underestimating the threat.
VIDEO: Costs and benefits of cyber security
Speaking at the Defence Summit 2017 hosted by GIS and Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita in Warsaw, cybersecurity expert Miroslaw Maj talks about the costs of implementing cyber defense measures, and the economic benefits that can be reaped from doing so.