It’s been said that the best way to predict the future is to create it—witness how figures from Cleopatra and Leonardo da Vinci to Martin Luther King Jr. and Steve Jobs reshaped the world to align to their visions. Security professionals, who traditionally have been considered an afterthought to business, enter a 2022 in which they can help define the future of the profession and cement a leadership role in their organisations.
As background, the world is just starting to emerge from almost two years of isolation and abeyance. The hybrid workforce is likely here to stay, with their attendant challenges and opportunities: more autonomy but less in-person supervision, commuting hours slashed versus Zoom fatigue and a more worker-friendly network infrastructure but a greater attack surface. Concurrently, portions of the public have lost faith in the police, while others have redoubled their allegiance to law enforcement. Fake news, pernicious social media algorithms and distrust of government and corporations have combined to divide societies into antagonistic echo chambers.
Here are five opportunities for security professionals to create a new future:
Michael Gips, JD, CPP, CSyP, is the Principal at Global Insights in Professional Security, where he provides security consulting, content creation and business development services. He is a Senior Advisor for the Network Contagion Research Institute, a non-profit that exposes disinformation, as well as for Cardinal Point Strategies, which advises the security and law enforcement communities. He also works with Signpost Six on insider threat management.
For more information, visit: www.gipsinsights.com
This article was originally published in the December 2021 edition of International Security Journal. Pick up your FREE digital edition here