Cybersecurity requires modern solutions in the digital era.
The global economic impact of cybercrime has reached an alarming $8T in 2023 ( equivalent to $667 billion per month or $ 154 billion per week), a staggering figure that reflects the pervasive threat it poses to businesses and individuals alike. The latest cybercrime report published by IBM underscores the gravity of the situation, revealing concerning cyber-stats Y that demand immediate attention. These statistics shed light on the ever-evolving nature of cyber threats and their far-reaching implications.
These findings should serve as a resounding call to action for developing novel solutions tailored to an era marked by the convergence of emerging and frontier technologies. As we strive to build smart cities for future generations, the importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated. We must protect critical infrastructure-sensitive data and ensure the safety and privacy of our citizens. Furthermore, as we witness the rise of nascent immersive realities such as the evolving Metaverse and the expanding Omniverse™, we must establish robust security measures to safeguard these innovative digital landscapes. The integration of advanced cybersecurity practices and technologies is vital to ensure that the promises and potentials of these immersive phygital ecosystems are realized without compromising our safety and security.
The dual deployment of CyberMesh, as introduced by Gartner, in tandem with the Zero Trust framework, outlined by NIST's 2023 principles, represents an innovative approach for the digital era. This combination emphasizes a dynamic and flexible security posture, prioritizing continuous monitoring, adaptive access controls, and robust threat detection. It addresses the evolving threat landscape and the need for heightened security in this era where the physical and digital worlds are enmeshed. It is a compelling strategy for organizations striving to safeguard their data and infrastructure while adapting to the complexities of the modern, interconnected world. Leveraging the power of Zero Trust Cyber Mesh™ can offer a robust and comprehensive security strategy:
Enhanced Security Posture: The dual deployment ensures that your organization benefits from the adaptive nature of Cyber Mesh and the principle of "never trust, always verify" from Zero Trust. This layered approach significantly strengthens the overall security posture.
Resilience: By implementing both models, your organization becomes more resilient to various cyber threats. Cyber Mesh's adaptability and Zero Trust's strict access controls work together to minimize vulnerabilities and mitigate risks.
Reduced Attack Surface: Zero Trust's granular access controls limit the attack surface, while Cyber Mesh's distributed security controls make it challenging for attackers to exploit vulnerabilities. This combination minimizes the potential for breaches.
Comprehensive Visibility: Dual deployment provides a comprehensive view of your network activities, allowing real-time threat detection and response. It's easier to monitor and manage all aspects of your security infrastructure.
Data Privacy: The combination of Cyber Mesh and Zero Trust ensures robust data protection. Cyber Mesh's focus on data encryption and Zero Trust's data segmentation techniques work hand in hand to safeguard sensitive information.
Adaptation to Dynamic Environments: With the dual deployment, your security strategy can better adapt to the ever-changing digital landscape. Cyber Mesh accommodates the dynamic nature of networks, while Zero Trust ensures continuous trust verification.
Risk Mitigation of Advanced Threats: Dual deployment makes it more challenging for advanced threats, such as insider threats or sophisticated external attacks, to infiltrate your network. It provides multiple layers of protection.
Scalability: This approach can scale to accommodate the growth of digital ecosystems and meet the specific security requirements of your organization, regardless of its size or complexity
Deploying a Zero Trust CyberMesh™ represents a pivotal approach for ensuring the security and digital trust necessary in smart cities, or nascent immersive realities like the Metaverse as defined by Accenture , and the industrial Omniverse™ as envisioned by NVIDIA. In the context of smart cities, key domains such as transportation, mobility, energy, and other critical infrastructure can significantly benefit from this dual cybersecurity strategy. Zero Trust ecosystems ensure that every connected device or entity is rigorously authenticated, while CyberMesh augments network security with its adaptive and scalable architecture. This combination provides a robust defense against cyber threats and vulnerabilities that could threaten vital city services.
Combining CyberMesh and Zero Trust cybersecurity with emerging technologies like blockchain, edge computing, spatial computing, and digital twins holds immense promise.
In smart cities, where a vast array of data is generated daily, blockchain can provide a tamper-proof ledger for transactions, ensuring data integrity and accountability. This is where CyberMesh's adaptive security framework comes into play, ensuring that every interaction is authenticated and continuously monitored, enhancing the overall security posture. Zero Trust's principle of "never trust, always verify" complements this by making sure that access to critical city infrastructure and services is thoroughly vetted, even within trusted networks. Edge computing amplifies this by processing data locally, reducing latency and enhancing real-time decision-making. Spatial computing, which combines augmented and virtual reality, transforms urban planning and engagement. Digital twins offer a replica of the physical city, allowing for modeling, simulation, and analysis.
When we extend this powerful combination to the Metaverse, CyberMesh and Zero Trust provide security that enables safe and private interactions within virtual worlds, ensuring user trust. Blockchain can manage digital assets within the Metaverse, and digital twins can replicate digital environments for testing and experimentation.
At the intersection of multiple industries and technologies this combination offers robust security for sensitive industrial data, facilitating secure collaboration and data sharing. Blockchain enables transparent supply chains and transactions, while spatial computing and digital twins enhance immersive experiences and advanced simulations, ultimately transforming industry operations.
This integration is a pioneering step toward building a secure, privacy-preserving phygital ecosystem and foundational for setting new interoperability standards. By combining Cyber Mesh and Zero Trust Cybersecurity, organizations can create a cutting-edge, highly secure environment that is offering a competitive advantage, while maintaining privacy, protecting intellectual property and enhancing digital trust.
Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes, MD MBA Is a healthcare executive, futurist and globalist who is highly dedicated to digital and ethics advocacy. She is a Forbes Business Council member, digital strategist, passionate educator and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder, known as an expert speaker, board advisor and consultant. Throughout her career she has received several awards for excellence in research, teaching or leadership. She is the recipient of numerous awards most notably: WBAF World Excellence AwardSocial Entrepreneurship 2021, Top 20 Global Leaders in Digital Twins Technologies, Top 50 Global Leaders in Health Tech,Top 50 Global Ecosystem Leaders, Top 100 Visionary In Education Award 2021, Top 100 Global Women in Leadership Award 2021, Top 100 World Women Vision Award, 2021-Innovation & Tech, Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise 2021 (nominee),Top 50 Global Thinkers (Nominee),Nations of Women Change Makers Award(finalist),Top 100 Healthcare Leader 2020 Award, Top 100 Finance Leader 2020 Award, and Top 100 Women in Crypto 2020. Additionally, she serves as an Expert Advisor to the EU Blockchain Observatory Forum, and was appointed to the Board of UN Legal and Economic Empowerment Network. Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is CEO of Softhread Inc., the Founder and CEO of The Science, Entrepreneurship and Investments Institute, and currently serving as a Country Director for WBAF USA, Senator of WBAF, Faculty Member of the WBAF Business School-Division of Entrepreneurship, and teaching the Executive MBA Business Technology Course at the UM Business School. She is also acting as the Chief Innovation Officer for the Government Blockchain Association. Most recently she served as President of Detect Genomix, Chief Quality and Safety Officer Chief and Innovation Officer for Mednax, Chief Quality and Safety Officer and Chief of Compliance for the University of Miami UHealth System During her academic tenure she taught several courses within the Medical School, as well as the combined MD/PhD and MD/MPH programs. Throughout her career, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes held several leadership positions and is a member of numerous prestigious professional organizations. She holds several certifications, such as Bioethics from Harvard, Artificial Intelligence and Business Strategy from MIT Sloan, Blockchain Technology and Business Innovation from MIT Sloan, Finance from Harvard Business School, Negotiation from Harvard Law School, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Patient Safety Officer by the International Board Federation of Safety Managers, Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma Management, Professional in Healthcare Quality by the National Association of Healthcare Quality, Manager for Quality and Organizational Excellence, by the American Society for Quality, and Certified Risk Management Professional by the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. Additionally, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is an Honorary Advisory Board Member of several companies, as well as an Editorial Board Member for several international publications, an author and TV/Media partner.