The World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS) 2017 represents the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community and takes place in June, from 12 to 16. This year GEM organize a workshop in which Nathalie Devillier and Federico Pigni will explore the main opportunities and threats raised by an increasingly digital society, and focus on the role of cybersecurity in supporting and enabling organizations’ success.
From accountability to strategic asset
The pervasiveness of information technologies is revolutionizing our society, becoming a transparent mediator of our activities. The increasing availability of real-time data concerning events of business significance has opened a whole new range of business opportunities. Innovative business models have emerged for leveraging this digital oil. Organization quickly realized the need of whole new set of resources and capabilities for competing in a digitally transformed world. As new opportunities rise, new challenges emerge, and cybersecurity is in the spotlight. The clear sign that cybersecurity is a central managerial issue is reflected by the abundance of news concerning data breaches and security threats. For example, recently car manufactures faced the novel threat of cyber carjacking, healthcare organizations have become a primary target of data breaches, and retailers still find their POS system compromised. Additionally, the paradigm shift of Industry 4.0 is exposing a whole class of connected objects, infrastructures, and interfaces to cybersecurity risks.
The effects of cybersecurity have now far reaching implication well beyond the single organization, and embracing entire industries and, in some cases, the overall society.