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It’s Not about Securing Information: It’s About Keeping Stuff Safe

“Soon we’re going to have more bits than atoms and bits are going to matter more than atoms,” said Keren Elazari (@K3R3N3), security researcher at Tel Aviv University, quoting Nicholas Negropante in his nearly 20-year-old book, Being Digital.

In our conversation at the Security BSides conference in Las Vegas, Elazari said the situation has actually evolved: “We have more bits controlling atoms (e.g., Internet of Things), and putting the atoms at risk than ever before.”

The future of cybersecurity isn’t going to be about securing information, but about keeping the stuff safe, added Elazari. It’s essentially what the non-profit I Am the Cavalry is trying to awaken others to realize.

“Incremental changes can lead to exponential changes,” said Elazari. “Hackers are part of the immune system for technology. It’s about sparking solutions by showing stuff is broken, and making the new stuff.”

In an effort to get others to understand the importance of security, Elazari echoed a comment that was made in a previous session: attendees of BSides should go out of their way to invite a non-security person to a security conference, such as BSides or DEF CON. That way more people can be exposed, and over time we will all see the value and importance of security.