I know people of a certain age don’t admit that they like listening to Radio 2 but, I do – OK it is out there. I’m of a certain age! But yesterday they had Alec Ross (government official) and, according to the font of all knowledge Wikipedia, Alec Ross is a technology policy expert who was Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the duration of her term as Secretary of State. He is also, according to foreign policy magazine, one of the top 100 global thinkers. 

Alec has just written a book called “The Industries of the Future”, which includes a prediction around cyber security, where he states that currently, we have 16 billion connected devices - but that in 4 years this will be 40 billion internet connected devices, creating the internet of everything. These devices will generate 10% of the 44 ZETTABYTES OF DATA THAT WILL EXIST GLOBALLY. Cybersecurity will be critical to the success of any new or emerging business. The internet of everything enables objects, devices, animals or even people with unique identifiers (IP addresses) to transfer collected data over a network without human-to-human or human to-computer interaction. 

By 2017, the field service industry alone will save $1 BILLION by adopting connected smartglasses. Connected devices help organisations offer new services, reshape experiences and enter new markets. But with these opportunities come risks, which is that the data, devices and systems we need for new ways of doing business will be compromised with consequences not seen before. 65% of children entering education today will have job types that don’t even exist today. So to me, cybersecurity is the NUMBER ONE in terms of essential skills for business. We have to embed cybersecurity into every aspect of our future businesses and have the intelligence and collaboration to predict and prevent cyber attacks. We will have to take a very different approach as cyberattacks could come from your fridge or your smart virtual reality player. Controlling access to the internet of everything will be essential, as the wired world becomes wireless and machine to machine interaction has no human interface or control.