In case you think that geospatial is just concerned with physical features such as roads, natural resources and buildings then you should think again. In today's connected world geospatial (like geography) takes on a whole new meaning.
This week we're in Ireland to meet an experienced cyber security professional who will tell us some more about this new frontier. This professional has close to 10 years experience in protecting the systems and information of global corporations such as Dell, HP and VMware and Alien Vault.
Identifying high value asset targets, critical network infrastructure components, database security and the ever increasing adoption of cloud based services are all daily considerations for the cyber security professional. This industry is moving in new directions and is beginning to explore and harness other types of systems and technologies including geospatial.
Cyber security and geography/geospatial have alot in common in terms of their purpose. Geography is about protecting the environment and communities and securing resources and energy. Cyber security is similar in that it's about developing strategies for managing and protecting information and the associated infrastructure and assets.
Geospatial professionals make sense of complex networks which exists between people, things and places using maps while security specialists think in terms of logical networks. Adding a locational component to these logical networks is a new phase for the cyber security industry and allows for a different way of monitoring and securing the flow of information.
Your information means everything to you and your organization in todays age and it’s under threat from people who may be near or far away. The security world must always be on the front foot in terms of monitoring these threats and for identifying the best new systems and technologies.