During the Global Policy Forum that took place on June 11, Melissa Hathaway delivered a presentation about vulnerabilities a global digital marketplace introduces. As a former Director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task force, Hathaway has a long career of analyzing and protecting digital infrastructures. In addition to her current role as president of her own consulting firm, Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, she is also the senior advisor on Project MINERVA at the Harvard Kennedy School; and advisor to the technology giant, Cisco.
As a data security expert, Hathaway discusses how the internet has evolved since its inception in the mid 1960s; how it has grown from a simple tool used to connect universities to becoming a digital staple in all our lives; and how the increasing number of devices and services connecting to the internet creates vulnerabilities which complicate cybersecurity.
The former advisor to the Obama and Bush administrations also touched on the value of maintaining a balance between security and privacy. Hathaway mentions that although the same kinds of breaches and problems are happening in multiple countries, cultural differences influence how we discuss these breaches.
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