Cybersecurity Education: Systems Thinking

Cybersecurity: A ‘No-Woman’s’ World?

The word ‘unprecedented’ seems too weak to convey just how much the dimensionless operational space of digital (r)evolution requires an instantaneous reaction. Striving for knowledge brought me far beyond my personal horizons of discernibility.

With hope to create and scale globally an inclusive ‘authors-publisher-readers’ circle of wisdom and expertise; with channelled determination to gain understanding by carefully selecting the best information sources (Dis moi où cherche! Mais où?) and reading between the lines, multiplied by expressed interest for knowledge sharing by the industry experts, and as part of my ‘Top Cyber News’ extended roundtable series; I brought in one-of-a-kind ‘Men on the Arena’: Charles (Chuck) BrooksStewart Skomra, Mike Quindazzi and Scott Schober to create a series of articles ‘The Globality Quotient: Cybersecurity’ published by Dennis J. Pitocco, Editor-in-Chief of BIZCATALYST 360° – an award winning digital magazine.

A central topic of these essays is cybersecurity. A fundamental and delicate question at the heart of my work is: how to motivate my readers to want to learn more. We write by a way of motivation and to set a context with a brief personal background.

“It is wonderful to see Ludmila successfully bridging a gender gap in our industry. I read your articles and I am first impressed by the sophistication and sense of weightlessness with which you describe some complicated scientific and technical concepts, imparting an understanding of complex ideas with simplicity and clarity. Elegance and artistry is indeed a rare combination in writing on science and technology. You and Chuck present a balanced view of the issues and competing priorities while elucidating a 360-degree strategic change agenda. Respect!“
Scott Schober CEO at Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Inc., Author, Cybersecurity Expert, Speaker

I advocate a Systems Thinking approach in educating our readers, followers, friends, business associates on digital transformation, emerging technologies and cybersecurity. After all, without education who would even bother to police the systems fit security or safety. Too often we assume others are not that bad and hope fit the best. Systems thinking forever changed the way I think about the world and approach issues. An open immeasurable non-linear system – the Cyber Space, where cyber threats and cybersecurity are two of many (to be defined) elements of this system.

The discipline of systems thinking is more than just a collection of tools and methods. Systems thinking is a philosophy and a methodology for understanding behaviour of complex dynamic systems.

”It’s been said that systems thinking is one of the key management competencies for the 21st century. As our world becomes ever more tightly interwoven globally and as the pace of change continues to increase, we will all need to become increasingly “system-wise.” Paul Ferrillo, ‏ Of Counsel, Senior litigation, corporate & cyber crisis lawyer Weil Gotshal LLP.

“The mindset of the industrial world assumes that there is a key to prediction and control. But self-organizing, nonlinear feedback systems are inherently unpredictable. They are not controllable. They are understandable only in the most general way. The goal of foreseeing the future exactly and preparing for it perfectly is unrealizable. The idea of making a complex system do just what you want it to do can be achieved only temporarily, at best. We can never fully understand our world, not in the way our reductionistic science has led us to expect….”

“Systems thinking leads to another conclusion, however—waiting, shining, obvious as soon as we stop being blinded by the illusion of control. It says that there is plenty to do, of a different sort of “doing.” The future can’t be predicted, but it can be envisioned and brought lovingly into being. Systems can’t be controlled, but they can be designed and redesigned. We can’t surge forward with certainty into a world of no surprises, but we can expect surprises and learn from them and even profit from them. We cannot impose our will upon a system. Systems cannot listen. We can listen to what the system tells us, and discover how its properties and our values can work together to bring forth something much better than could ever be produced by our will alone.”

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Ludmila Morozova-Busshttps://www.linkedin.com/groups/8276746
LIKE MOST PEOPLE Ludmila's resume is something less than a straight line. In fact it resembles a long country road with many turns, which in this case, is a good thing, as it includes 20+ years of professional experience in a number of different cultures in Europe, Asia, and the Unites States of America. Equipped with an MS in Mathematics, her personal life philosophy and career shifted after two pivotal events, obtaining a Certification in "Banking and Financial Management” at the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank, Washington, DC and; her first trip to the United States of America in 1996. Sitting in the front row of her life or taking a train in the opposite direction, Ludmila lets U-turns, contrasts and detours bring her thoughts into perspective. As a world traveler the East, West and South influenced and shaped her character and her beliefs along with her professional and human qualities. Tornados and stillness of events. Heat of Tashkent and cold of Moscow. Extremes of fears and tears and joys of finding the only right decisions of Mathematical Analysis problems and looking at the eyes of her beloved children… Ludmila is a Ukrainian native, living in Berlin, Germany. As the World’s news shaker for Europe for centuries, Germany now is the center of attention again. Which is why Ludmila steps into the stream of the news – believing that the facts speak the most precisely and the most convincingly. Her promise is for us all to get to know these facts from her first-hand perspective across Germany. With no political or religious affiliation in Germany, Ludmila’s interests intersect in business strategy, education, technology, entrepreneurship, markets and the rule of law. In this series of short essays, she welcomes everyone’s perception of success.
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