Eric tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.
The Human Dimension of Cyber Security
When most organizations think of cyber security they focus on technologies such as firewalls,encryption, access control and anti-malware.
These technologies give an illusory-and dangerous — sense of safety while the biggest threat to networks and data goes largely ignored. This threat is human frailty in all its forms. Malicious insiders, careless employees and poorly designed systems that invite misuse inflict far more damage than hackers.
A former Associate Director at NSA and CTO of the entire US Intelligence Community, Dr. Haseltine is intimately familiar with the under appreciated importance of the human dimension to cyber security.
The good news is that policies and and measures that address problems such as insider threats cost far less than technologies that guard against outside attack. And, they're far more effective.
Haseltine has identified 10 simple, inexpensive things organizations can do to stop leakage and damage to networks and data due to human factors. For example, he has developed access controls that eliminate the need for highly vulnerable passwords. also, he has identified corporate governance processes that let organizations "bake in security" from the beggining, rather than "spread it on" after the fact.
The future of the Internet of Things: The emergence of human/machine hybrids
The big picture: How IOT will progressively connect the “Global Digital Brain” to human brains as IOT devices grow more and more intimate with human biology and activity. Biometric sensors will evolve into direct interfaces with the nervous system, transforming the way human exploit digital technology and communications
Continued penetration of computers and networks into “cheaper and cheaper” things such as pens, pencils, paper, kitchenware, furniture
The complexity of interconnections and data will surpass human’s ability to comprehend the massive volume, variety and velocity of information. Unplanned, emergent properties of hybrid human-computer intelligence will have major impact on people’s personal and professional lives
A massive shakeout of winners and losers will occur among the myriad of devices now on the market. Winners will:
Make sense and derive value from overwhelming complexity
Enhance human relationships
Greatly increase users sense of power and control over their increasingly complex lives
IOT Growth will not explode until interoperability standards (either official of de facto) simplify interconnectivity, making user’s lives less complicated, not more complicated. Forecast of who the likely standards winners will be (e.g. Apple, Google, Home Depot, Qualcomm)
The future of science and technology (S&T): Predicting the past to predict the future
- Past game-changing advances over the last 700 years have had one or more common antecedents
Invention of new instruments (e.g. telescope, microscope)
Convergence of very diverse technologies (e.g. genomics and computer science to decode genes)
“Fringe” ideas deemed at the time improbable, but not impossible (e.g. bacteria cause ulcers, continental drift)
Humans removing themselves from the center of everything (e.g. heliocentrism, Evolution)
We can anticipate where the next big breakthroughs are likely to emerge by looking at where these antecedents are taking shape today. Examples:
Emergence of real time, inexpensive brain sensing and imaging technology (Functional near Infrared Sensors, fNIRS) to allow mind control over everyday objects and mind-to-mind communication
Convergence of microbiology, virology and nano-science to create very low cost, self- assembly of materials, structures, electronics and human organ replacements
Validation of a few key “fringe theories” that will revolutionize our fundamental understanding of nature. Candidates: Julian Barber’s hypothesis that time does not exist, Penrose’s idea that the human brain is a quantum computer and consciousness in a quantum phenomenon
Emergence of Artificial Intelligence (vs. Human Intelligence) to perform engineering design, scientific research, marriage counseling, medical diagnosis, driving cars, writing novels, and teaching our children.
- Hypothesis that “Singularity” has already occurred and is transforming our world (e.g. stock market fluctuations), but we have missed the singularity because our human-centered perception has been looking for Human-like intelligence, vs. “Alien” machine intelligence
Ten myths of cyber security: Improving security with simple, inexpensive techniques that target underappreciated vulnerabilities
Cyber defense is often ineffective because it is based on mistaken beliefs about where major threats come from.
Fallible human processes for designing, building, maintaining and operating networks and computers are far more important to cyber defense than technologies — where most resources are typically focused — such as firewalls, anomaly detectors, encryption and anti-malware software
Examples of myths that create ineffective, even counterproductive protections are
Strong passwords are strong (they actually degrade security)
IT operators know what their networks are (They almost always do not know)
Hackers pose the greatest threats (Human insiders are far more dangerous)
Standardization of computers and software is the most cost-effective way to run an IT network (Standardization creates enormous, expensive vulnerabilities because it allows single vulnerabilities to scale across an entire enterprise (average cost of a data breach — often facilitated by standardization — is $5.5M)
Shifting focus from technology to human behavior can quickly, efficiently and inexpensively improve security . Examples:
Greatly simplifying human access control using multi-factor biometrics on cell phones
Monitoring behavior and giving instant feedback when problematic behavior occurs (simple operant conditioning)
Streamlining and greatly simplifying the ways IT systems are defined and purchased
The Future of Technology
Dr Haseltine will provide a glimpse into the future, describing how advances in technology will provide exciting growth opportunities for your organization. Eric’s talk will begin with forecasts of key technologies including sensors, computers, power systems, algorithms and networks, then describe how these advances could dramatically affect business. For example, the volume, variety and velocity of data flowing in from monitored sites is likely to grow exponentially over the next ten years, as inexpensive networked sensors proliferate, and communications systems, such as M2M wireless data channels rapidly expand. Similarly, advances in machine vision, pattern recognition and data mining will create opportunities for exploiting the fast growing flood of information, to help you provide dealers novel, value added services such as failure analysis and prediction.
The talk will conclude with a discussion, based on Haseltine’s experience managing R&D at Hughes Aircraft, Walt Disney and NSA, of best-of-class R&D processes you can employ to fully capture the opportunities that technology will create.
The Healthcare Wiki
As part owner and CTO of a start-up for-profit Health Wiki, Eric Haseltine has unique insight and practical ideas on how to transform the consumer health care experience from one that is confusing, fragmented, impersonal, expensive and often ineffective, to one that is simple, integrated, personalized and cost effective.
Just as user groups for many technology products often know more about the
product than their manufacturers do, so there are many “amateur experts” on different illnesses — e.g. patients or relatives of patients who have educated themselves
on a disease—who know more than many doctors about how to diagnose and treat
the disease. This is especially true for rare diseases. And like other technology “amateur experts,” these power users are willing to help other users for free.
￼Eric’s Wiki will add to the health information on Wikipedia by making it much easier for these Amateur experts to create and edit Wiki articles. It will start by “copying” Wikipedia into their for-profit Web site,
and then expanding Wikipedia’s information by allowing many sources of information currently forbidden by Wikipedia. These include pharmaceutical companies, health care providers and individuals who wish to express “opinions” (e.g. consumer product review of a new medical product).
In addition to this free content, the project is creating on-line health communities associated with the Wiki, so that users can communicate directly with and help each other to navigate the increasingly complex and frustrating health care system. The site also will have links to doctors, health care
products and other health services so that users can immediately turn their new-found knowledge into action from a single portal.
Finally, the site will provide a highly secure “vault” for users to store and update their digital personal health records. Information gleaned from each personal health record will help our algorithms deliver personalized information, and links to services best suited for each individual. For example, based
on medical record and family history, we will spot adverse drug reactions, or locate the best doctor for a particular disease within driving distance of the user. We will go to great lengths to protect the privacy of individual users by employing NSA-level security on the health vault, which is Eric’s
specific role in the enterprise.