Cyber Intelligence & Business Strategy

Until recently, the western world defined a country by its borders, language, culture, climate, education, politics, social engagement and national legal systems. Now, these are beginning to merge and partially disperse as electronic and IT systems melt away many traditional barriers as, at the same time, some new barriers are being created. 

Electronic interconnection is changing the way some people consider their nationality and citizenship. For others, where important issues divide society, cyber connectivity is increasing their exposure to radicalisation and making them want social changes to happen faster.

Similar to earlier and other historical technological changes all of these movements are happening far quicker than most traditional governments and organisation’s structures can deal with and some governments and corporates are finding new methods of data collection. 

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been implanting new software and computer to intercept and collect secret data in different parts of America and overseas. Much of this is being challenged, often through social media and Internet discussion ignited by people like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

Today, the cyber threat is not only a concern for government and the military but also for commercial organisations and individuals.

The attacks on infrastructure and the requirement to counter such cyberattacks has recently become far more pressing and continuous. Cyberattacks in the UK are costing commerce over 26 billion pounds annually and with the recent economic pressures and breakdowns hackers have been employed by governments for attack, propaganda and intelligence and by criminals to find new ways of stealing. 

From a personal perspective, during the next decade we will be far more deeply and electronically engage and in the next ten years the planet’s interconnected Internet population will electronically grow using mobile devices from 3.7 to 5 billion. 
Cyber technology will become more specific to us as individuals such that even some of our thought processes will begin to alter, as our short and longer-term thinking is affected by what we will currently and in future will expect from our electronic memory systems.

Our engagement with robotics and such elements as wearable computers that can monitor human health and help to improve our memory and decision processes are no longer science fiction. 

As these new electronic consciousness systems will increasingly offer individuals new information, analysis and decisions to maintain and grow our memory, personal plans, commercial and political strategies for our future development.
Western individuals are currently continually using electronic cyber systems that link and interconnect them with the Internet, mobiles and social networks. According to the Internet World Stats over ninety percent of the EU population uses the Internet often daily. 

The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that half the impact of the mobile Internet through 2025 will arise in developing economies, where it will most likely be the means by which 3 billion new users connect to the Internet. Altogether, these applications could have economic impact of $15 trillion to $20 trillion annually by 2025.

This has the potential to transform activities such as manufacturing, building infrastructure, providing health care, and managing supply chains by monitoring and optimising activities and assets at a very granular level. Any activity that “touches” multiple things or people across the value chain is a candidate for reimagining with the help of networked sensors and actuators.

In the coming decade instant access to knowledge and the efficiency of the Web will be applied more broadly and where the physical and digital worlds blend. 

The advent of the Internet has made the presence of businesses global. This cyber accessibility enables businesses to further expand their service or product, which increases profit to the businesses that really engage with these changes.
Now corporate and business strategy must really engage with the electronic present and the cyber future. Current only a relatively small amount of business has actually explored and continuously understood and planned their electronic futures. Most still concentrate their strategy on past performance and present activity.

This has to change in the cyber future as like previous Industrial revolutions many businesses won’t survive unless that take real on-going account of the changes that will alter your market space, your current and potential clients and the way you internally work. 

The fact is that it’s impossible to conduct business without the internet. In business from idea to management, production to marketing, selling and purchasing and accounts management to tax filing it seems internet is impacting the traditional methods, ongoing operations and innovations in business. The Internet is in every tool that business is using and will use in the future. You can also say that every innovation and new technology is just a part of the internet. Without the internet, nothing will work and that’s why the internet is the main source of current and in the future for all kind of innovations, technologies and business models. 

The internet connects businesses and consumers to the platforms of communications, trade, education, and entertainment. 
Now entrepreneurs, leaders and companies investing in digital marketing, business automation, remote hiring, e-commerce, and online collaboration tools and trying to increase the speed of creativity and excellence in daily operations with the help of internet technologies.

Obviously, it’s impacting all businesses, employment, environment, entrepreneurship, societies, education, and politics and it should be on everyone’s radar as to the advantages and problems that this new revolution is creating. It is very important for business leaders to engage and tackle these cyber issues.

This is not an IT problem, this is a business strategy issue that must involve all aspects of management and employees.

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