Dan Geer, 9th October 2013, UNCC
Thank you for the invitation to speak with you today, which, let me be clear, is me speaking as myself and not for anybody or anything else. As you know, I work the cybersecurity trade, and I am gratified that ten days ago the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, concluded that cybersecurity should be seen as an occupation and not a profession because the rate of change is too great to consider professionalization. That rate of change is why cybersecurity is perhaps the most intellectually demanding occupation on the planet. In writing this essay, the breadth of tradeoffs in cyber security and that fundamental intellectual challenge in those tradeoffs caused me to choose to narrow my focus to one class of tradeoffs in cyber security rather than them all; looking at the state of the current world, I decided to focus on personal data and the government.