Ami Rojkes is an Israeli-based writer with a focus in technology. Ami is currently the Chief Cyber Editor of Israel Defense, an Israeli magazine that covers topics in the Israeli cyber, defense, and the information and communications industries. LIFARS had the privilege of speaking with Ami Rojkes and received an outside view on the security competition in the global community.
We find that the political landscape is foreseeing changes. New cooperative relationships between communities and countries continue to form in attempt to catch international cybercriminals. “Information sharing on the root level up to the international level is the next logical step,” stated Ami, “and currently are either forming or formed.” This does not mean that sensitive data will be disturbed across different entities for all to read, but rather, authorities will have access to identifying information. “The United Nations are in process to developing ID technology to create a global identity that will allow the arrival airport to know everything they need to know about me, before I even land,” remarked Ami and added, “DNA verification is on the horizon as fingerprints progress along its beta phase.” With these new innovations coming way, the scale between privacy and security begins to shift. Of course, there are benefits to vetting and knowledge, in the course of preventing future dangers. Is that benefit worth the privacy? Where you land on the scale between privacy and security is based on the priorities of each individual.
What we see is that society at large has entered a new arms race, a Cyber Race. Nations are on a racing track course competing to build new technology and not be left behind. Ami pointed out that, “There are no significant limitations being placed at the moment on the global level on the cyber technologies, but it is a change that we will see as we progress. Everything is interconnected to the cyber world, weapons (tanks, ship, air crafts, etc.) are all vulnerable to cyberattacks, as they are processing information through the connected world. Local people and regional governments come together to defend against the cyber threat.”
Ami finished with, “In the long run, more weapon development projects will arise and continue to grow as countries work to stay ahead. The bigger you are the more vulnerable you become. The United States as an example is leading the cyber commerce and terrorist organizations are setting their eyes on them. We will be living in a less private world, but more secure world. This might seem bad for us at the moment, but it has more implications, such as better healthcare, as that information is collected with these new technologies with the recent Internet of Things initiative. Doctors will have accurate data and statistics to go off of and can work on dealing with the problems of the time. Research will take a whole new leap.
We must not fear change because we are a part of the interconnected cyber era and there is no rolling back the dice. Let us not be on the wrong side of history, let us keep an open mind about change and organize and structure it to work the best for us as a society.”