On Wednesday night, Tulane Hillel and the World Affairs Council of New Orleans invited Professor Ralph Russo of Tulane University and Mark Liggett of Tulane University’s Technology Security Services team to discuss the threats of cyber security and how to make oneself less vulnerable to cyber attack. They shared some of their personal experiences working with technology security and informed the listeners, many of whom were previously uneducated on the subject, of the behind-the-scenes effort that IT security analysts and our government take part in to ensure our safety. The stress that Professor Russo and Mr. Liggett placed on behind the scenes regulation and protection made me wonder about the security of the ICT that is being implemented in developing countries.
This topic in relation to Erik Hersman’s article about ICT4D as condescending made me think, does he have a point? As a developed country, we can afford the security measures that are required to maintain secure ICT networks. However, do developers think about this aspect when creating ICT initiatives for developing regions? Developing regions are already vulnerable to threats and forcing ICTs into their societies may only open another gateway through which they may be weakened. It is important that ICT4D project designs include cyber security measures to protect potentially weak and already vulnerable populations.
Prior to this weeks lessons, I had not considered cyber security in ICT4D projects to be a top priority. However, it is key to the sustainability to the success of a project and to the development of a region.