Thinking Forward

It will be increasingly important to "design in" security rather than "bandage it on" after the fact, because threats will be more likely to harm people.

by Rob Simmons, Peter Sheingold, and Chris Folk

Throughout this series we have begun exploring some of the security implications of the CyberPhysicalHuman world. Here are three ideas we hope you will remember as you consider additional thoughts and actions:

  • It will be increasingly important to "design in" security rather than "bandage it on" after the fact, because threats will be more likely to harm people.
  • Security investments should be based on a clear understanding of what is most important to protect and the associated threats, because interconnections and vulnerabilities will become limitless.
  • Organizational collaboration should cut across sectors because threats cut across sectors. This collaboration can be strengthened by information sharing that leads to tailored security approaches and identification of new insights.

We also recognize there is no single solution to the security challenges presented by a CyberPhysicalHuman world. We look forward to continued dialog and engagement across the numerous sectors and organizations that will grapple with these thorny issues. What other approaches make sense? How can we refine and improve the suggestions we have already made? We look forward to hearing from you and talking with you.

  1. The CyberPhysicalHuman World of Homeland Security
  2. Convergence: A Recent History
  3. Risk: Focus On Your Main Thing(s)
  4. Applying Ancient Wisdom to Help Manage Modern Risks
  5. Resilience Is a Team Sport
  6. Resilience, Moving Beyond Sectors
  7. Enabling Effective Collaboration with Shared Threat Information
  8. Wrapping It Up and Moving Forward
  9. Coming Closer and Closer to You
  10. More Ancient Wisdom for Today's CyberPhysicalHuman World
  11. There is No One-Size Fits All Approach to the CyberPhysicalHuman World

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