Finding the threat in data to create a safer planet for citizens today and tomorrow

Digital Marketing Lead, Public Services Sector, IBM Analytics

Technological advances such as big data, the Internet of Things and social media have created unprecedented opportunities for citizens, cities and nations. Social platforms, connected devices, in-flight Wi-Fi and smarter cities all forecast a future marked by constant innovation. But these new technologies bring a data deluge to markets already saturated with data. This, in turn, creates the perfect environment and offers the perfect cloak for increased crime as perpetrators hide among data. How do we balance technological advances with a safer planet? Join our Twitter chat on Monday, June 22 at 12:00 p.m. ET to discuss: “Finding the threat in data to create a safer planet for citizens today and tomorrow.”


  • Richard Stiennon, a veteran of the security industry, has years of experience as an industry analyst advising enterprises, vendors and government agencies regarding their security strategies. Richard continues to help large enterprises better protect their networks and to help vendors serve those needs. He is the author of Surviving Cyberwar (Government Institutes, 2010) and UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence (IT-Harvest Press, 2012).
  • Brian Cotton is Vice President of Frost & Sullivan’s Global Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) practice and is responsible for the group’s global growth consulting business. He and his team develop growth initiatives for the public sector as well as for leading multinationals and startups. Brian’s domain expertise is concentrated on smart cities, with focus areas in intelligent transportation, smart government and public safety. Operating at the convergence of IT with other verticals, he offers an excellent perspective on where IT-enabled industries are headed. Brian regularly contributes thought leadership articles and blogs for smart cities groups and is a panel judge for IBM’s Beacon Awards for Smart Cities.
  • Michael Martin is the Director of Information Governance Practice for BTRG. He has been focused on delivering Information Governance and Data Management solutions for BTRG customers. He brings more than nineteen years of experience in the Information Technology industry, specializing in Information Governance, Enterprise Implementations and Technology Solutions. Michael and BTRG have been successfully solving data quality, data growth, data privacy, data security, test data management and compliance problems for Fortune 1000 customers across many industries such as aerospace & defense, healthcare, financial services, higher education, retail, telecommunications and more.

Questions to guide the conversation

  • What can people do to protect their personal information from fraud and cyber threats?
  • What immediate changes are needed in light of all the retail and healthcare breaches? How does this affect private industry? Government? Private Citizens?
  • It has been estimated that organizations face on average 1,400 cyber-attacks over the course of a week. Is there anything that organizations (or government) can do to cut down on/prevent the number of attacks, or should their resources instead be focused on remediation efforts?
  • In your opinion, do you think the corporate commercial/corporate world could learn from/borrow from the intelligence community when building their cyber security strategies?
  • According to a Ponemon study in 2014, only 50 percent of organizations surveyed were not confident in their security programs. What would an ideal security program look like today? Who is responsible for developing that program - governments or the respective organizations?
  • There are a lot of headlines out there on commercial organizations being breached by cyber-attacks. At the same time, we are hearing a lot about government breaches, including the breach of the U.S. federal government systems just last week. As the lines between cyber criminals and cyber terrorists begin to blur, do you think we will see more attacks on governments than corporations in the future? Do you think the cyber domain is the next battlefield?
  • Ranging in size and scope, incidents and emergencies that impact public safety happen in every community the world over. What opportunities and challenges exist in using 21st century technology to improve crisis preparedness?
  • How can we improve public safety with data? What are some examples?
  • Given all the data we have and the technological advances, can we realistically cultivate and maintain a safer planet? How?

View the recap from Monday, June 22 and follow the ongoing conversation using #saferplanet.

For decades, IBM has been assisting organizations that are responsible for protecting nations, cities and economies from the changing threat landscape, both natural and human-created. Recently, IBM reinforced its commitment to help build a safer planet with the announcement of the Safer Planet Portfolio—a robust suite of solutions for law enforcement, emergency management, defense/national security, cyber threat intelligence and counter fraud designed to help professionals working in these areas protect lives, ensure economic stability and protect critical infrastructure. Learn more about how to build a Safer Planet.

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