Showing posts from October, 2014

A new Cyber Security coalition in Belgium

I attended earlier this week the official launch and public presentation of the new Belgian Cyber security alliance . I have to say that the idea is excellent, especially in a such divided country, where we became specialists in fragmenting budgets, workforces and ideas, losing everywhere the power of a certain scale (even if the scale is quite relative in the Kingdom of Belgium).  The new coalition has a triple objective: Knowledge exchange, with a cross-sectorial approach; Raising awareness within the population about the risks associated with cyber criminality and e-negligence; Policy advice, where the members will establish recommendations and solutions to our public authorities (which is probably an excellent idea, when you consider the level of IT savviness from our politicians...)  Good luck to the group and let's hope it will deliver all of this!

New programming paradigms?

While reading an article about the possibly new Quantum computers that begin to be available (the topic is subject of discussions, being that the new hardware architecture will allow programmers to use different states between 0 and 1), a question popped in my mind. If we actually consider that we are already lacking of good IT profiles, we also need to care about the way those new intelligent machines will be programmed (very concretely, how many good programmers do we have around the globe and how many will be able to abandon their COBOL and C programming routines for new programming languages that will imply many more complicated ‘states’ of the binary system we’re used to program?) On top of this potential Copernican revolution (allowing the technology to go behind the binary computing paradigm), the human skills for using the new available computing power will require many years of R&D, learning and development, training etc. On top of what we can add new skill