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Cyberspace – the new Wild, Wild West

Cyberspace is the 21st Century’s Wild, Wild West. We’ve built Cyberspace and its great – the Internet and global communications systems let you do almost anything (including reading this blog, and listening to Technology Today), but its almost completely unsecured. And right now, the outlaws (organized crime & government-backed hacker groups) have the advantage over the sheriff’s men (law enforcement and the security directors at organizations with large online presence) and we’re all waiting for the cavalry.

One of the consequences of this is that governments are moving to engage in militaristic conflicts through cyberspace – what we call Cyber War. Public comments by government officials aside, the United States is engaged in an active cyber war with enemy nations on an ongoing basis.

As a result, the Pentagon is actively performing cyber war training exercises and this Thursday, we’re joined by Tom Patterson, a widely recognized expert in cybersecurity, to discuss and shed light on these efforts; what it means for the future of web-based communications systems, eCommerce and the Internet in general.

If you use the Internet in your business or any part of your daily lives, you will want to listen to this episode. Join Us and share your thoughts on what America needs to do to protect ourselves from cyber attack. Tune in Thursday at 4pm Eastern to the VoiceAmerica Business network.

And join the discussion on Twitter at /techtodayradio, by phone at 866-472-5790, by text to 240-731-0756, by e-mail to or by wall post on our Facebook Fan Page.

A word about our guest:

Tom Patterson, Security Guru

Tom is a long time security guy, with hardware, software, product, service, enterprise, R&D, global, Federal, and CSO experience. He has an entrepreneurial streak and had started a Carlyle-venture backed company, CommandInformation, and has been involved in seven more. He’s authored a book on global security, Mapping Security: The Corporate Security Sourcebook for Today’s Global Economy. He’s currently the chief security officer (CSO) at MagTeck, a financial sector firm, and is leading the effort to wipe out counterfeit payment card fraud worldwide. Tom also advises Federal law enforcement and the intelligence community.

For the technology part of his background, Tom was a key member of the MCC teams that developed the first secure web browsers and servers, first directory and search engine, and first commercial certificate authority, and now leverage identity management and authentication in the payments world. He’s also built industry-leading hardware and software in the infosec space while at Centel and Tradewave.

Tom has worked on projects as diverse as a space shuttle launch (STS-37), the largest United Way telethon in history, has led one of the largest Infosec consultancy (Deloitte- EMEA), served as IBM’s chief strategist for eCommerce, and conducted regular briefings with the White House on the NII and Information Superhighway.

Here is a link to a recent article Tom wrote about the Pentagon’s cyber war games.


October 17, 2010 - Posted by | Episode Descriptions

1 Comment »

  1. Tom Patterson’s contact information is, and as TomTalks on Twitter. We thank Tom for joining the show and for sharing his contact information with the audience.

    Comment by techtodayradio | October 28, 2010 | Reply

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