How many people are aware that:
☞ According to a Cisco Survey in May 2017, it was revealed that three-fourths of the IoT projects are failing
☞ In 2017 the Project Management Institute reported that for every $1 billion invested in projects, companies waste around $97 million
☞ Professionals frequently debate our project initiative failures can range from around a 70 to 90 percent failure rate and the ambiguity is subject to business myopia
☞ Nielsen Norman Group summarized a year ago on Nov. 2017 that in 33 of the rich countries only about 5 percent of the population have high computer literacy skills and of that, around 33 percent have the ability to complete tasks that are of average competency
☞ In May 2014, ISACA published an infographic stating that there has been an increase of security breaches at the cost of $3 trillion dollars to organizations globally while less than 2.4 percent of the graduating students have degrees in computer science
These figures were researched when I was attempting to express to my cohorts in college why network security involves an embrace by everyone in an organization. Where is the greatest risk? It is my humble opinion that the greatest risk is the educational process that embraces technology enough to educate the ethics and value that is important to address system security. The most common question that has been experienced in the academic arena has been, “Why should I care? That is what the network security group is for.”
“Putting ethics at the center means knowing and living your own values. Compliance is merely knowing and meeting someone else’s requirements. Hopefully, our values set a higher bar.” – Hui Chen
In addition, electronics are largely discouraged in the college classrooms because of the concern with cheating. This concern is understood and I agree with that concern. Unfortunately, the drawback is, the students are not:
• Writing enough
• Using the common business tools frequently enough
• Ethics and security do not get addressed enough
It is my belief that we must start with teaching business ethics concepts in primary education and asking the children what they think could be impacted. It is also a passionate stance that rigorous writing in all academic areas should be in higher demand in all higher education courses. Why? Because doing the research to write a scholastic paper, arguing against opposing views is vital for technology and the future. I believe educators should be elevated in socio-economic status and supported with the tools they need to meet business needs with the type of leaders and workers we will need tomorrow.
It is also my belief that ethics should be discussed from grade school to college and we need to encourage people to learn how to write for specific audiences. Whitepapers and abstracts do not attract the general populous. If 33 of the rich countries in this world only have around 5 percent of the population that can complete medium-complexity tasks–I am of a firm belief that we need to look at the education arenas to start improving those structures to address this need.
To encourage and inspire people into technology, the conversations must be in a human voice that people understand then we can begin to improve on sparking interests into the talent pools that organizations need. Security is security and it is frustrating enough to teach people why they should do frequent backups and use password best practices. If that is a challenge because they do not care because they do not understand, then this will be a large risk to biotechnology security.