A ‘NEW PANDEMIC’?
Digitalisation is accelerating everywhere. New digital ecosystems are forming all around us, creating unnoticed linkages across services and supply chains.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) will stage a ‘cyber attack exercise’ in July, it has been revealed, as the group prepares for what it describes as ‘the potential for a cyber pandemic’.
This simulated exercise will take place at the WEF’s annual ‘Cyber Polygon’ digital event.
Cyber Polygon combines the world’s largest technical training for corporate teams and an online conference featuring senior officials from international organisations and leading corporations.
Every year, the training brings together a wide range of global businesses and government structures, while the live stream gathers millions of spectators from across the world.
This year, the event is taking a bit of more serious tone, given uncertainties in the world.
Cyber Polygon 2021 will simulate a fictional cyber attack with participants from dozens of countries responding to “a targeted supply chain attack on a corporate ecosystem in real time.”
Look at the name of that video. ‘A cyber attack with COVID-characteristics’. That should tell you everything you need to know about the scale they are looking at here.
According to the WEF, COVID-19 was known as an ‘anticipated risk’, and so is its digital equivalent.
“A cyber attack with COVID-like characteristics would spread faster and farther than any biological virus. Its reproductive rate would be around 10 times greater than what we’ve experienced with the coronavirus.” — Klaus Schwab
What’s more: “It is important to use the COVID-19 crisis as a timely opportunity to reflect on the lessons of cybersecurity community to draw and improve our unpreparedness for a potential cyber pandemic”
The event will instruct participants in “developing secure ecosystems” by simulating a supply-chain cyberattack similar to the recent SolarWinds hack. This would be used to ‘assess the cyber resilience’ of participants.
The usual suspects are back again with their ‘simulated’ conferences.
What could this type of move mean, given their track record of ‘predicting’ world events?
No doubt a disruption to digital systems could cause problems for the greater world.
THE PATH AHEAD?
We will have to wait until the forum begins to understand exactly what context this cyber attack is based on, or what the ‘anticipated’ results could potentially be, but we can make some assumptions.
However, it seems while these are specific systems that may be encompassed in a massive cyber attack of ecosystems — food and economy — this forum will tackle the larger issue of a digital world.
This will follow on from the 2020 Summit, in which they made the case for why having digital identities was actually necessary to prevent a cyber pandemic.
Problem, reaction, solution. Another textbook play.
Here’s the thing: The ‘reaction’ part usually involves something actually happening. Think 9/11, coronavirus and more. Digital identities are the aftermath.
This year’s forum will discuss the cyber attack itself, which is the problem that will arise.
So, if this is the case, what could this type of problem look like in an inter-connected, digital world?
In 2015, one of the “fathers of the Internet”, Vint Cerf, caused a stir when he expressed concern that today’s digital world might be lost forever.
If technology continues to outpace preservation or security tactics, the present could be disrupted and future citizens could be locked out of a digital world – plunged into a “digital dark age”.
“I worry a great deal about that,” Cerf, currently the chief internet evangelist at Google — or The Ministry of Alphabet — told the BBC.
There is no guarantee that the next century’s computers (if computers exist at all) will support today’s hardware and software. Further, that technologies won’t suddenly be subjected to misuse or massive vulnerabilities. We already see hacking and systems failing on small scales all the time.
For the man who ‘turned the internet on’, this threat is troubling.
Could this be the type of scale the WEF is referencing?
Who is not to say this was all designed this way to ensure history can’t be discovered in the future?
All whilst plummeting the present world into a life similar to those described in ‘dark age’ periods.
A cyber attack that disrupts world systems could definitely cause something like that.
Either way, the fact the WEF are now focusing on this important subject should raise red flags, given their track record of ‘simulating’ events that come to fruition shortly afterwards.
EVENT 201 REFLECTIONS
On October 18, 2019, the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, which was described on the group’s website as “a high-level pandemic exercise”.
The ‘exercise’ illustrated areas where public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences:
“Experts agree that it is only a matter of time before one of these epidemics becomes global — a pandemic with potentially catastrophic consequences.
A severe pandemic, which becomes ‘Event 201’, would require reliable cooperation among several industries, national governments, and key international institutions.”
“Event 201 simulated an outbreak of a novel zoonotic coronavirus transmitted from bats to pigs to people that eventually becomes efficiently transmissible from person to person, leading to a severe pandemic.
The pathogen was modelled largely on SARS, but it is more transmissible in the community setting by people with mild symptoms.
There is no possibility of a vaccine being available in the first year.”
This was Event 201. Now look at the world.
Could Cyber Polygon have the same ‘prophetic’ results?
We will follow this story and summit closely.
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