The Future of Global IT: Its like the Kobayashi Maru

February 16, 2009
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If you are a little rusty on your advanced science literature, theater and movies and don’t recall the story from the fictional Star Trek universe known as the Kobayashi Maru, please take a moment to watch this clip, just to get your mind going:  This part of the story, reportedly written by Gene Roddenberry himself, is about a simulation at Star Fleet Academy.  For most students there it is a no-win scenario, as you saw in the clip.   For one, however, there was a solution we should all remember.  That solution is one I like to use to remind people of what we need to do to help enhance the security and functionality of today’s enterprise IT.  More on that later. Regarding the future of global IT, the NYT ran an article today I’d recommend to any enterprise technologist or security professional titled “Do We Need a New Internet?”  The article provides a good summary of how we got into the current mess regarding security of interconnected devices:The Internet’s original designers never foresaw that the academic and military research network they created would one day bear the burden of carrying all the world’s communications and commerce. There was no.


If you are a little rusty on your advanced science literature, theater and movies and don’t recall the story from the fictional Star Trek universe known as the Kobayashi Maru, please take a moment to watch this clip, just to get your mind going:  This part of the story, reportedly written by Gene Roddenberry himself, is about a simulation at Star Fleet Academy.  For most students there it is a no-win scenario, as you saw in the clip.   For one, however, there was a solution we should all remember.  That solution is one I like to use to remind people of what we need to do to help enhance the security and functionality of today’s enterprise IT.  More on that later. Regarding the future of global IT, the NYT ran an article today I’d recommend to any enterprise technologist or security professional titled “Do We Need a New Internet?”  The article provides a good summary of how we got into the current mess regarding security of interconnected devices:The Internet’s original designers never foresaw that the academic and military research network they created would one day bear the burden of carrying all the world’s communications and commerce. There was no…

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