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Headlines from Google to Cybercrime take Center Stage

 In my twenty-five years as a security and technology professional, I have never seen so many hot headlines around technology issues. Whether you are ...

by / March 24, 2010

 In my twenty-five years as a security and technology professional, I have never seen so many hot headlines around technology issues. Whether you are reading the papers, watching TV or surfing the web, the tech headlines are almost rivaling March Madness and the Health Care stories. Let's jump right in:

Google Pulls Out of China :  Of course, this is the hottest story out there right now, with daily updates. The stakes are high on so many fronts, and all aspects of this story are being reported by many sources. Here are a few perspectives: 

ComputerWorld articles and blogs ranged from announcing that Google stopped censoring in China to asking questions like: Does Google really need to be 'in' China at all.

Newsweek described the situation as An Unstoppable Force Meeting an Immoveable Object .

Here's an excerpt:  " Google's bottom line won't be greatly harmed in the short term, as only an estimated 1 to 2 percent of the company's revenues currently come from China. But if Google departs China for good, the losses are incalculable. With 400 million Web users and climbing, China is far from a fully tapped market . Baidu, Google's biggest Chinese rival, today has roughly 65 percent market share, and will now lengthen its lead even more."

The Washington Post focused early on the Google users who worried that they might lose an engine of progress .  However, some reported that the Chinese Internet users would not care much.  

Others are speculating on what comes next , which will likely be a pattern for many months to come.


Changing subjects, many people are talking about a article which declares that we'll all be working for tech vendors one day (soon).  While this is another take on outsourcing and the commoditization of IT, the topic is not new. (I said something similar over 18 months ago in an article on cloud computing.)  And yet, it seems to be popular right now, so I encourage you to read the article.

Lastly, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the U.S. Aims to Bolster Overseas Fight Against Cybercrime (WSJ). Here's the first paragraph:   The alleged Chinese cyber attacks on Google have spurred proposals at the State Department and on Capitol Hill to establish an ambassador-level cybersecurity post and to tie foreign aid to a country's ability to police cybercrime.    Why cover three topics quickly like this? Mainly to give you a view into what I read over the past few days, but also to show how the world is a-changing - and technology is at the center.   What are your thoughts on these headlines?  

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Dan Lohrmann Chief Security Officer & Chief Strategist at Security Mentor Inc.

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.

During his distinguished career, he has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.
Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including enterprisewide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan.

He currently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor Inc. He is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s industry-leading cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors. He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit institutions.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency. He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US/UK military facility.

Lohrmann is the author of two books: Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD for You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. He has been a keynote speaker at global security and technology conferences from South Africa to Dubai and from Washington, D.C., to Moscow.

He holds a master's degree in computer science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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