November 18, 2008 13:59 ET

IBM Unveils Findings of Security & Society Global Innovation Outlook

Security in the 21st Century Requires a Concerted, Collaborative Effort Between Businesses, Governments and Individuals

ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - November 18, 2008) - IBM (NYSE: IBM)

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  • Today, IBM is revealing the findings from its Security and Society Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) -- a series of six brainstorming sessions around the world, between technology leaders, government officials and security industry luminaries, regarding the future of security and privacy.

  • The discussions revealed that the relationship between security and society has grown increasingly complex and dynamic over the last two decades. Never before has the balance between the two been more in flux, as globalization, interdependence and digital technologies have literally reshaped the foundations of society, challenging every accepted approach to its security.

  • The GIO report provides security strategies for a globally connected world, strategies in which every government, business and citizen has a role to play. Key findings are meant to spark new ideas, businesses and partnerships that endeavor to solve the world's most pressing security problems. They include:

    • The network effect -- the concept that the harmfulness of a single threat is exponentially proportioned to the number of people exposed to it.

    • The new roles -- as crime migrates from the physical world to the digital, how will the responsibilities for pursuing and eliminating security threats be shared between the private sector and government?

    • The citizen's role in security -- people and businesses are at risk as a result of "insecure behavior" -- either intentional or unintentional.

    • Relationship between security and privacy -- as human relationships and business interactions increasingly move from the physical world to the digital world, the nuances of data collection, identity and anonymity are reshaping the way we approach this issue.

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  • "Society moves faster and is more complicated today than ever before. We expect access by communications and information anytime, anywhere on any device. And security threats are constantly attempting to undermine these services. That's why it takes a monumental effort to secure the infrastructure that supports that capability. And why it's monumentally important that we do it as well." -- Ken Sliva, Chief Technology Officer, VeriSign, Inc.

  • "Security of supply chains is extremely variable, which reflects the fact that they are comprised of a variety of commercial governmental and international organizations with quite different objectives. Just-in-time management policies to reduce supply members and other factors which reduce the redundancy and flexibility of supply chains mean that a disruption in supply chains can quickly create serious economic consequences for individual companies, industries and even entire countries. Each organization needs to determine the correct balance of supply chain efficiency and security robustness." -- Athol Yates, Executive Director, Association Homeland Security Research Center

  • "We know that empowering people to take responsibility for their own assets is an important part of delivering security; users are part of the system and so will inevitably have a positive or negative effect on vulnerability and exposure to threats. By enabling people to take effective control over their personal information we can begin to limit the level of vulnerability that they have to identity theft and associated crime. This in turn has benefits for wider society as it will help to prevent fraudulent access to corporate assets and citizen services, and play a part in fighting organized crime and terrorism." -- Sadie Creese, director of e-Security, The University of Warwick Digital Laboratory

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