Author Gary Hibberd
Set your satellite systems to record for 9pm on BBC 2 this evening as they explore the murky waters of the ‘Dark Web’ and take you into a world of Hackers and Scientists who are fighting for the right to privacy!
With interviews with Julian Assange and Sir Tim Berners Lee I’m hoping the program is entertaining, but most of all I hope it is educational. Because education is much needed; from the bed room to the Board room.
For those who are unsure what the ‘Dark Web’ is let me paint you a picture; Imagine an iceberg floating on the ocean (the kind that sunk the Titanic). The big chuck of ice above the ocean is the “World-Wide-Web” (WWW) you and I visit every day (Amazon, BBC, FaceBook all exist here). Now we all know that just below the surface is even more ice, plunging deeper into the darkness. This is actually the ‘Deep Web’ a place which can be accessed quite easily using a few tools freely available on the ‘WWW’. Here you can purchase guns, drugs, pornography, stolen credit cards and even hire-hit men. Below the iceberg and all the ice… in to the depths is the place we call the “Dark Web”. No one really knows what is in the Dark Web because, well, it’s dark! It’s generally a trusted relationship between one or more individuals whose pages cannot be found… you must be invited. One can only imagine the content of such web pages.
I hope the above has helped educate you and you now feel you are at least a little better placed to understand the different layers of the ‘Web’ so you can watch the show a little prepared.
Education. Education. Education.
We believe everyone needs to understand these differences so tonight’s show is much anticipated and much needed. I hope it becomes a ‘must see’ show for Board room members. Because it needs to be.
Education on ‘Cyber’ is such an important part of what we do at Agenci and we often run seminars for business leaders and sessions for Board Rooms to explain the threats and what people are really doing with information they steal from companies (large and small).
But we also know that the next generation of business leaders need to understand how to become good ‘Cyber Citizens’ and in recognition of this we are working with Ahead Partnership in Yorkshire to connect with schools to talk about being Responsible Online Citizens © (“ROC”) . Last month I gave a talk at the Dearne Valley Academy to a class full of 13yr – 15yr old boys. Faced with a class full of kids I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but I didn’t expect the following questions to be asked during the lesson;
- Which BlueJacking app was the best?
- Do I use ToR to access the Deep Web?
- Was I in “Anonymous”?
- Could I hack the school?
The answers to these questions is irrelevant. The fact that 13yr – 15yr old children asked me questions which I have never been asked about in a Board room is.
These children and millions like them are spending their days/nights learning how to use the internet and are exploring this amazing world with ever increasing skill and capability. These are the business leaders of tomorrow, but today our Board rooms are sadly made up of many who feel it’s too late to “catch up” or simply don’t see the risks they face.
“…Children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.”
My experience at the school has made me even more passionate (if this were possible!) about educating schools on how to become ROC’s because these children ARE the future and are our next generation of CEO’s and Managers. We all have a part to play in educating those children in our charge to the dangers in the world but also to the potential it, and they hold.
The feedback we received from our talk at the school shows me that there is a real need (and passion for) understanding data protection and also about the careers there are for students:
“The workshop on data protection and cyber security was incredibly engaging for the students involved. Before the workshop the students didn’t really think about their online security or the range of roles available in the industry. We now have an IT class full of aspiring technology security experts. Thanks to Gary for giving up his time in the working day to come and speak to the students. He was exceptionally engaging and charismatic with the students”
I’m looking forward to working with Ahead Partnership again soon and working with other schools to help them understand how to use the Web responsibly and what careers are out there for them.
I’m also looking forward to helping Board rooms understand the risks associated with ‘cyber’ and not just the business benefits.
Finally, I’m looking forward to the show on BBC2 this evening. I’ll have pop-corn at the ready and the ‘pause’ button close to hand. I have a feeling my long suffering wife will be treated to a running commentary!
If you’re interested in Gary or one of the team speaking at your School or at an event you’re planning please contact us and we will be happy to discuss details.
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