With a PhD in Roman Archaeology obtained at the University of Lausanne, a Postdoctoral Research Degree in History and Sociology at the Romanian Academy of Sciences, and an EU Habilitation to direct PhDs in History and related sciences, Laurent Chrzanovski is Professor at the doctoral Schools of the Universities Lyon II and Sibiu. He regularly holds postdoctoral courses within several major EU Universities. He is the author/editor of 21 books, of more than a hundred scientific articles and of as many general-public articles.
In the frame of cyber security, Laurent Chrzanovski is member and contractual consultant of the ITU roster of experts. He founded and manages the yearly congress “Cybersecurity in Romania. A Central European publicprivate dialogue platform”, organized in partnership with the ITU (UN-Geneva), the SRI, the IGPR, the ANCOM, number of foreign institutions, and placed under the aegis of the Embassy of Switzerland to Romania.
In the same spirit and with the same partnerships, he is co-founder of the first Romanianwritten cyber security quarterly journal, Cybersecurity Trends. His main domains of study are focused on the relationship between the human behaviors and the digital world as well as the assurance of finding the right balance between security and privacy for the e-citizens.
Smart everything: what’s next ?
Semantically, the IT&C or N&I security word swims in very deep waters. Cyber-everything, e-everything, i-everything, m-everything. This is not without creating, from the beginning, major difficulties in communication, as, since humans started to have languages, every word has been chosen, no matter the language it belongs to, to define with a more or less sharp precision a concept, living being or thing.
The worst consequence of this new syllabus is the nightmare faced by lawmakers to define in each country’s national language(s), for rules and codes, imported “Globish” words such as “cybersecurity” or badly “autochtonized” words having foolish senses – see the French, Italian or Romanian translation ad literam of the U.S. “malicious” (malicieux, malizioso, maliţios). For the non-specialist, this “dictionary” of new words constitutes a semantic galaxy he does not understand. This has enormous consequences for all citizens, up to the CEOs and decision-makers, who, lacking the basis to understand the problem (threats vs. solutions), cannot choose correctly the decisions to take.
A quite new but terrific word made its appearance in the last eight years: “smart”. Every single connected gadget is “smart”. On a marketing base, this was a genial idea. Yet on the security point of view, it is the ultimate Pandora’s box on an already insecure world. From apps to IoT, we will see through different continents and points of views, which are the peoples’ and the specialists’ reactions to this phenomenon when it comes to their own life and privacy. Do not prepare any more for “Big Brother”, you are already feeding him and his many brothers daily with your data.