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The Cybersecurity Knowledge Gap

The Big Idea for Tuesday, January 07, 2014

If you are a "digital native," that is, someone who grew up with computers, you are probably somewhat savvy when it comes to cybersecurity. You are probably not nearly as savvy as you should be, but you are somewhat savvy. 

If you are a "digital immigrant," that is, someone who didn't have a computer in college, you are likely a complete imbecile when when it comes to cybersecurity.

The problem here is that the world is still mostly run by digital immigrants. But that is not the only problem. There is also a great Cybersecurity Knowledge Gap that exists between the technically inclined and the rest of us, as cybersecurity issues are left to the IT department - the geeks who speak a different language.

It is not surprising then, as P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman point out in a new book, that "97 percent of Fortune 500 companies have been hacked (and 3 percent likely have been too and just don't know it)."

As Singer and Friedman point out, the cyber world war that is being waged doesn't only impact governments and large companies, it affects our entire way of life and the free exchange of ideas. So what does everyone need to know about cybersecurity? That is explored in today's lesson. 


  1. 1 Hey Everyone, Rob This House: The Cybersecurity Knowledge Gap
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  2. 2 A Vision of Crimes in the Future
    Brian Hoffstein Future Crimes
  3. 3 P.W. Singer on Open-Source Warfare
    P.W. Singer
  4. 4 Cyber War Games: U.S. V. China
    Daniel Honan Think Tank

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