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Designing a Cyber Risk Strategy for the Human Operating System (HumanOS)

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

Oct 26, 2018 1:46:06 PM

This week, we're introducing the first Toffler Associates video blog. Team members Masseh Tahiry and Caitlin Durkovich discuss future threats that will impact cybersecurity. They discuss the rapid evolution of tech, the changing character of warfare, and increased tension at almost every strata of society – from the multinational, regional, and national levels to the local (including those on the seams, like criminal syndicates and insurgent groups) - and yet, none of these threats compare to the threat of humans. Watch the video to see why humans are the most pressing threat, and how we should approach cybersecurity with a human-centric focus.


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The Future of Voting: A Technology and a People Problem

Posted by Caitlin Durkovich

Sep 19, 2018 9:30:00 AM

The 2016 elections delivered a number of bombshells. The one top of mind for most Americans is the unexpected presidential victory for Donald Trump. (To review, just prior to the November 8 election, national polling data showed Democrats at 272, Republicans 214[1] – with Clinton’s chance of winning at 71.4% over Trump’s 28.6%.[2])


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Creative Approaches to a Stronger Cybersecurity Workforce

Posted by Jasmine Niernberger

Mar 7, 2018 7:50:00 AM

Current approaches to cybersecurity are not delivering strong results. Many organizations continue to view cybersecurity as a cost rather than a strategic and necessary investment to mitigate risk. Despite rising levels of data breaches, the potential loss of millions of dollars and critical damage to brand reputation, many business leaders have either not opted in or been able to allocate the right resources at the right levels. [i]

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Cyber Risk To Your Organization's Future Value

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

Dec 14, 2017 9:45:00 AM

Cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mixed reality (augmented and virtual reality), blockchain, and even cryptocurrencies are emerging as pillars of any enterprise transformation. This has resulted in hyper-automated processes, accelerated supply chain productivity, and growing customer loyalty. But, as organizations digitally transform to create and enhance their future value for their workforce, customers, and shareholders, they are exposing themselves to more cyber risk.


Organizations must anticipate future threats and take control of the risky environment. To start, organizations must understand the evolution of technology and cyber threats – past, present, and future – as they test new business models and adopt new technology.

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Balancing Privacy and Security in the Pokémon Go Era

Posted by Toffler Associates

Jul 27, 2016 9:32:50 AM

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

~ Ben Franklin


When Ben Franklin wrote those words almost 300 years ago, he was addressing a concern about exchanging physical and intellectual liberties for security – what the people would give to the king in exchange for protection.


Today, we willingly sacrifice liberties in exchange for security. Yet, in our hyperconnected world, we face a similar challenge as we consider trading privacy for security, simplicity, and customization. The digitalization of the world is in full swing, and debates about privacy and security dominate discussions. Just during these summer months, terrorist events, cyber crimes, and crazes like Pokémon Go have shown just how connected we are to one another and how vulnerable we are as a result.


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