In today’s episode, we have Justin Daniels. He is a Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert, Legal & Business Advisor, Tedx and Keynote Speaker, and the co-host of She said Privacy/He said Security Podcast. He will talk about many things when it comes to how our world’s progressing towards higher technological means where everything is interconnected. Justin will share his perspective of things that affect our daily life we are not aware of.
[4:41] What is our situation in this world of connectedness and our security volatility?
We live in a society where we have transformed from a manufacturing to a service economy, and a subset of that is we’ve become so technologically advanced. We’re in a data economy. That also means that all of the efficiency that we have because of our interconnectedness as a country now makes us vulnerable not only as a country but also as individuals to cyber attacks.
Because of this internet of things or devices, amongst other things I think there are like 127 devices connected to the internet every second, all of these billions of devices connected to the internet create a huge area for cybercriminals and nation-states to create mischief.
All of our efficiency and automation creates a huge common point of failure, which is if you can take down certain parts of our grid, then you can have a huge cascading type of effect.
[8:33] The role of the Government on Web Censorship
It’s an algorithm. It just does what its algorithm says. It doesn’t think as a human would in terms of having emotions, and there’s a cost to that. The people who want to make a profit as a corporation, that’s just a cost of doing business, but there’s a societal cost. It all goes down to what kind of regulations we should have. If we don’t get some, we have a real imbalance where it’s all about efficiency and ease and stuff about privacy and cybersecurity, which I like to call an inconvenient necessity.
[10:49] What is 5g, and what could be something we don’t foresee from it as an issue?
5g is all about faster communication. Where it comes into play is it turbo-charges the interconnectedness. And as a society, we’ve been slow to understand what the real consequences are as it relates to technology.
[14:42] What are your thoughts on the whole Snowden situation?
It is a tough call because one could say he was betraying the country, but I think as another way, we have a right to kind of know what is going on.
There’s so much good information that really gets you thinking, “Is Snowden a traitor? Or did he do public service?” The more I learned about it; I’m not sure I agree that the guy was a traitor because it was a dig into what the government is doing with surveillance and how much our digital life is available for the government to surveil.
[17:44] What are your thoughts on AI? What is Singularity, and do you see it becoming a reality?
With all this technology and efficiency, Are we really creating a real blind spot and weakness for us? I think the answer to your question is a resounding yes.
[2:12] Building Awareness and Fighting Unauthorized Access
For most people, it’s inconceivable that you wouldn’t put on your seatbelt. But 30 years ago, that wasn’t a habit. Before we had seatbelt laws, it was the Mothers Against Drunk Driving campaign that built awareness. But that campaign alone wasn’t enough. It was the awareness coupled with laws starting to be passed that changed people’s behavior. It’s where we are now today, where we don’t think twice about putting our seatbelt on.
With cybersecurity, we have to build an awareness that this matters because now, in a digital economy, what should we do with all this data that’s created into? How do we protect it from unauthorized access? Then we have to have regulation because data is now the number one asset in our economy.
If I had to make a little less money and profit on my stocks so we can have a more civil society, I’d gladly accept it because we’re not as civil to each other as we used to be because people will yell at each other behind computer screens and say things they would never say to that person to their face if they got to know them.
[25:41] What promise did God make to the world when He created you?
Work hard. Help others. And that’s how you create opportunity.
[9:02-9:10] “The business model of all of the big tech is they want your eyeballs on their website for as long as possible looking at stuff so they can sell you advertisements.”
[11:59-12:04] “Technology is also a way for authoritarian governments to control their people.”
[14:15-14:22] “Technology is progressing so fast that it’s kind of outstripped our ability to understand and how to deal with it.”
Learn more about Justin Daniels on:
Listen to his podcast, “She said Privacy/He said Security Podcast.”
Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/she-said-privacy-he-said-security/id1536859760