Cyber in the age of...well, cyber

Using the example of the 1965 power blackout that struck much of the Northeastern US as well as parts of Quebec and Ontario, popular British historian …

Using the example of the 1965 power blackout that struck much of the Northeastern US as well as parts of Quebec and Ontario, popular British historian  James Burke posed the question to viewers of his popular television series Connections in 1978 how they thought they would survive when all the networks of systems they so depend on were stripped away, one by one. Burke’s theme was our deep inter-dependence — and this was before the internet! Take away our modern utilities, communications, transportation, security, food & supplies, medical and other key networks, and we as individuals are suddenly very, very alone, in a Neolithic sort of way. That episode gave Hitchcock a good run for his money.

So why do we expect individuals — individual people and businesses, as well as governments (local and national) — to go it alone in our age of cyber? In a world that has become increasingly inter-connected exponentially through data and the internet, why is cyber security an individual responsibility especially as retailers, banks, insurance companies, telecoms, manufacturers and others collect and analyze mountains of data about us and our behaviors?

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