Short answer: I see the possibility of the following:
Longer answer to “What is it that drives me to the Cybersecurity realm?”
Because I love to hold safe spaces where goodness can grow. I believe connections are a key attribute of life – not just human life, the life force as a whole. And communication is a form of connection. Using computer-based technologies to exchange information – to communicate using ‘digital technologies’ / ‘IT’ – is an evolutionary step in human beings’ journey of seeking and discovering connections. Therefore, to me, the use of Information Systems and Information Technology is a great indicator of human progress. The progress towards peace, joy, health, beauty. And I want to be part of ensuring that the Information Systems and Technology remain safe and reliable, so that humans can make the best of it.
To quote the pioneers of the modern three-point automobile seatbelts:
“When you feel safe, you can be truly free”.Volvo
I am particularly drawn to the security of public information systems – information systems that are primarily aimed at the public good. E.g. use of information systems and technologies by governments, civic bodies and by entirely new kinds of collectives and organizations that IS and IT might bring up. I believe there is tremendous potential for human progress waiting to be discovered here.
Since it’s in business ‘where the money is’, business information systems have witnessed breakout growth and innovation over the past few decades. I am among those who strongly feel that the time is now ripe for all the learnings and experiences from the IT-enabled Business Era to have their counterparts in the realm of public good. Where public good is the profit motive. Hopefully, there will also be synergies with the growing desire for sustainability, justice and peace, that’s already making its impact visible in the ‘age-old’, ‘hard’ fields of economics, politics, and philosophy.