HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE DIGITALIZATION

Digitalization means the world we are familiar with is changing. In just a few years, several major companies that are currently on the crest of a wave will have lost their top positions. Experts say seven of ten professions that our children will be pursuing do not yet exist. Meanwhile, it has been predicted that some 25 percent of companies’ digital traffic will be outside their Control.

On top of all this, a raft of new laws is in the pipeline, such as GDPR and NIS, imposing tougher requirements on how we protect our information and that of others.

In the midst of all this change, we need to take stock and ask questions: Is it reasonable to allow our interconnected society to grind to a halt because of inadequate security? Is it alright for the data of millions of users to be floating around on the internet because one company has been hacked? Should it be possible to disable power supplies or hijack driverless vehicles? The answer, of course, is no. The fact that legislation is now beginning to keep pace with developments is something we should all be pleased about. If we’re honest, this should have been the case a long time ago, right?

So how should we act in this changing world? I think it’s important not to be overwhelmed by all the statistics that are thrown at us on a daily basis, but instead, we should start experimenting! Take advantage of all the wonderful new technology out there and try it out to see if it can streamline processes and generate new business. But do your experimenting with security in mind. It’s no longer possible to wait and see which technology will become the standard. We have to try different paths and change the way we work en route.

Take Blockchain as an example. Who can say how this technology will be used five years from now? Is it only relevant to fintech? Is it going to revolutionize IoT with rapid, traceable microtransactions? Will Blockchain disappear to make way for smarter technology? No-one knows for sure. But it is possible to explore the possibilities in its current form. Maybe it’s the case that the 3rd or 4th generation of a new technology is the one that makes a breakthrough, but by that time you’ll already be on board.

Back to the topic of integrating security into digital developments. To give an example, how many people would buy a car that focused solely on function without protecting the driver and passengers? It’s exactly where we are now when it comes to cyber security. We need to make the transition from desirable features to essential features. Cyber security is an essential feature if the digitalization of our society is to be successful. We must have a society that is both interconnected and able to handle all new technologies. But also a secure society that we can rely on.

In our latest Combitech podcast, my colleagues Susan Bergman, Tina Lindgren and Johan Thulin discuss how prepared we are for digitalization. Listen here [Swedish only].