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BBWF 2010: Cyberfication?

5:50 AM -- PARIS -- Broadband World Forum 2010 -- Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. CTO Matt Bross kick-started this year's event with a plea for global network security cooperation and introduced a new word to the industry's already fat lexicon of non-words.

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

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:20:21 PM
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You are putting the 'World Series' (surely an ironic name) in the same sentence as the World Cup? (Let's ignore the world bank...)

Bross is a character, and he's a smart guy. He had the stage. He could have ripped it up. Instead he performed the same "raise your left knee cap if you have voicemail in  your office AND your home" as he did 2 or 3 years ago, and then introduced "Cyberfication"...

Come on Matt - do yourself some justice....


Sterling Perrin 12/5/2012 | 4:20:21 PM
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Also of note, Bross renamed the event the "World Broadband Forum" - several times in fact! At first I was put off, but the more i think about it - it does elevate the event in stature.  The World Bank, the World Series, the World Cup ... the World Broadband Forum.


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Sterling Perrin 12/5/2012 | 4:20:21 PM
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To be honest I just threw World Cup in there because we're in Europe and I felt obligated. Stick with it though, this soccer thing has got some potential. :)


welfeld 12/5/2012 | 4:20:19 PM
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Ray, Sterling,

You guys forgot World Domination...


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