BBWF 2010: Cyberfication?
Comparing the eruption of data that is belching around the world's networks with the ash that spewed from Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull [Ed note: that's easy for you to say...] earlier this year, Bross noted in the event's opening keynote address that we "run the risk of a digital plume" that will cause people to lose confidence in the current communications infrastructure. "Broadband is being embedded into everything we do, and this cyberfication of our society" makes our industry ever more accountable to the world's population.
Anyhoo, Bross, who didn't comment at all on his role at the Chinese vendor, or reference his company's current challenges in North America, noted that "all service providers and vendors are responsible to ensure the integrity of our communications solutions and services." (See Huawei, AT&T, and the NSA, Matt Bross Joins Huawei as CTO, and Where's Matty?)
So, to counter the risk that this digital plume might pose to global security, the industry needs to establish "a formal cooperative environment between countries, service providers, vendors, and key stakeholders [customers]" to deliver the level of security that's needed. "We need to focus on consistency in applying a global standard" to the security, provision, and operation of communications networks, he added.
He went on to say, however, that there's a danger that networks might grind to a halt if too many security technologies are deployed.
Global, formal cooperation on network security -- would that be the securification of all communications networks? -- sounds like a great idea, but, ultimately, not realistic. Maybe Bross can prove me wrong, though.
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading