Beyond the Cyber Covid Crisis of 2020: In 2020, COVID pushed our information technology to the limit, but it didn't break. We've been able to work from home, learn from home, and be entertained from home. We rely on technology more now than ever before. This has huge implications for how we take care of our data in cyberspace. We will see dramatic shifts in cyber tech, government regulations, how we train for cyber jobs and how we measure cyber risk. In this keynote, Ron Gula will discuss these trends and offer some insight to the future of cyber security.
Ron Gula, President at Gula Tech Adventures
Ron is President at Gula Tech Adventures which focuses on cyber technology, strategy and policy. Since 2017, GTA has invested in dozens of cyber start-ups and funds and supported multiple cyber nonprofits and projects. From 2002 to 2016, Ron was the co-founder and CEO of Tenable Network Security. He helped grow the company to 20,000 customers, raise $300m in venture capital and grow revenues to $100m, setting up the company for an IPO in 2018. Prior to Tenable, Ron was a cyber-industry pioneer and developed one of the first commercial network intrusion detection systems called Dragon, ran risk mitigation for the first cloud company, was deploying network honeypots in the mid-90s for the DOD and was a penetration tester for the NSA and got to participate in some of the nation's first cyber exercises. Ron is involved in a variety of cyber nonprofits and think tanks including Defending Digital Campaigns, the Cyber Moonshot, the National Security Institute and the Wilson Center.
Summary: Eleven months into COVID-19, we are looking at surging cases across the globe - despite an unprecedented attempt to leverage technology to combat the virus. Interestingly, perhaps the single largest differentiator between successful approaches and unsuccessful response efforts was the trust of the governed and the legitimacy of institutions. The best example of the critical importance of trust was contact tracing technologies, which have uniformly failed to make a meaningful impact on public health response, across hundreds of projects and attempts - and, in some instances, contributed to delegitimizing traditional.
By contrast, genomic modeling is one of the largest public health cooperation efforts in modern history - sequencing over 100 variants of COVID-19, clarifying the virus' spread across the world. While there are a number of lessons to take from these two use cases, there are three worth focusing on for digital public health professionals: (1) the proactive need to build public trust, especially for technologies that require public use; (2) the importance of professional and emergency experimentation environments, and the ability to independently and contextually validate approaches; and (3) the shift from standards-based data management to standards-based participation in digital systems. Said a different way, the lesson of COVID-19 tech - and the emergencies before it - is that if we expect to turn to digital interventions to address public health crises, we'll need to invest in the institutional infrastructure, communication, and accountability to realize their fundamental rights as a minimum requirement.
Sean McDonald CIGI senior fellow and co-founder of Digital Public
Sean Martin McDonald is a CIGI senior fellow and the co-founder of Digital Public, which builds legal trusts to protect and govern digital assets. He is a lawyer and the CEO of FrontlineSMS, an award-winning global technology social enterprise; a fellow at the Duke Center on Law & Technology; a former fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab; and a former affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center. Sean is an adviser to Digital Democracy and the IEEE’s Ethics and AI Committee, and a researcher and writer whose work has been published by the International Review of the Red Cross, Foreign Policy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Cornell’s Legal Informatics Institute, IRIN and Innovations, among others. He holds a J.D./M.A. from American University, with specialization in international law and alternative dispute resolution, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Sean’s research focuses on civic data trusts as vehicles that embed public interest governance into digital relationships and markets.