The Unites States, the world’s most connected nation, and the rest of the world will face a deficit of 1.5 million cyber professionals over the nextfive years whose jobs are essential to protecting critical networks and securing personal information. Fortunately, this crisis also presents a significant opportunity.
If we are serious about building a long-term vision for cyber security, the defense vs. offense mindset dominating most policy conversations must be left behind. In such a complex environment where state and non-state actors deploy largely the same tools and methods to protect or attack the systems, developing an effective cyber policy requires understanding that the Web is a critical global space that is impossible to segregate to damage only criminals or foreign adversaries. From now on, rather than relying on an antiquated framing of cyber security, the focus should instead be on immunizing the Web by improving network reliability, quality of products, capabilities, and trust to ensure the long-term resilience of our economy and all internet-powered systems.
Welcome to DEF CON, the largest gathering of hackers in the world. In the crowd is Nico Sell, founder and chairman of the online privacy organization, Wickr Foundation.
Sell is on a mission to change our perception of hackers. She knows that criminals hijacked the term, causing it to evoke thoughts of data leaks and identity theft. But Sell wants to show the world what hackers can be a force for good.
She believes hacking is a superpower; the most important skill set for the future of the world. And she wants to make sure those powers end up in the right hands. Sell started DEF CON Kids, now known as Rootz Asylum, to teach kids both how to hack and make sure they know the immense power their new-found talents hold. She wants to equip the next generation with the tools to thrive and protect themselves in our hyper-connected world.