The world is not what it used to be. A new situation requires new responses, a new approach to security for a world in which threats have multiplied and mutated. The reality is that we are constantly living with global threats. Hybrid wars, epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters, political and economic crises — these threats do not stop. How can companies and individuals cope with these potentially fatal surprises?
Our textbook on security for business circles in the 21st century was written in 2020 at the Information Security Institute. Its author is the recognized world expert and scientific director of the Information Security Institute Dr. Oleg Maltsev. Dr. Maltsev has many years of practice and a strong reputation in the field of business security, and his research approach allows the reader to design new technologies to solve problems of any complexity. Many of his students work in the security industry around the world.
“Before, in security, we used to use a white to red threat scale. Now this is not relevant. Today a new concept has been introduced — the Immediate Temporary Threat (ITT). This is the only threat that exists today. It is a threat that is temporary in nature. It appears, it exists for a while, something happens, and the threat deactivates (by defeat, stopping, ceasing to exist). This is how our world looks today.” — PhD. O. Maltsev.
The concept of the Immediate Temporary Threat (ITT) emerged as a result of the confluence of a huge number of threat vectors. Initially, cybersecurity was designed exclusively to neutralize criminals. Then, it was extended to threats coming from the state. Now, the range of potential threats has multiplied further, until the threat scale comes to seem infinite.
The author of the book explained why there were problems with the existing model of the threat structure:
“Everything develops from a philosophical analysis of our world today. If you work with people temporarily over a long period of time, promising them a long time horizon, chaos will arise in the marketplace. Chaos is structured into the timescale — everyone will try to “screw” each other and take their place in the business world — “every cricket knows its hearth” (that is, do not overstep the limits of your authority). In this case, due to the dynamism and diversity of our world, “the hearths change”. An example of this is all kinds of revolutions – “someone who was nothing will become everything,” and vice versa, so the hierarchy of status and success is dynamic.
On the other hand, there is the online world. A large number of scumbags — active residents of the virtual system — have already grown up online. Their dream does not correspond at all to the dream of the 20th century, where a person dreamed of getting a good job, in a good corporation, to climb the career ladder, etc. Making money online is much easier than going to work. The market dictates its conditions. No one wants to pay for design, everyone wants to pay for destruction: destroy a competitor’s site, fill the front page of Google with customer information, etc. This generation grew up online, talking in their own slang, referring to the Internet, and don’t want to work anywhere but online.”