31 May '17, 8pm

An Optimistic Take on Cybersecurity: Trust the Natural Evolution of Tech

An Optimistic Take on Cybersecurity: Trust the Natural Evolution of Tech

The bad news: Engineers today are doomed to never fully understand their complex creations. The good news: Cybersecurity efforts, thanks to the natural evolution of technical things, are not doomed. That’s what Alex Gantman, Qualcomm’s vice president of engineering and head of product security, thinks. This assessment comes decades into a career spent coming up with movie-plot-quality scenarios of cybercrimes he thought were about to happen—but never came to pass. “I picked up the nickname Dr. Evil,” he told an audience of IEEE leaders and honorees attending the IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit in San Francisco last week. Then, at some point, he turned into Mr. Optimism. The reason for such a sunny view of the cyber world? He realized, he says, that just like organisms in the natural world, technology naturally evolves to become more secure against the threat...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/computing/i...

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