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Technological Impacts On INFOSEC Values

Part 4


"A 2020 View of INFOSEC"


Future organizations need better communications.  Text communications using computer mediated communications have evolved dramatically.  Computer mediated communication involves cognitive information of the users in the communication process.  The use of computers for selection of the best combination of communication factors relating to security, along with the best media representing those factors is what media integration is all about.

Our modern organizational World seems to have been created by the requirements associated with the communication of information.  Information is important because it is used by humans in making rational decisions that improve performance of individuals for the good of the organizational body.  Our present age of information is dwindling quickly with each open software and hardware architecture specification.

Tomorrow's World will be driven by the creation, communication, and processing of Knowledge through open pathways.  The communication of knowledge can be as different from the communication of information as the communication of information is to the communication of data.  The transmission of knowledge begs for the idea of embedded truth maintenance.   Truth maintenance involves a measure for truthfulness, the degree of expectation (expected probability) that something is believable.  Maintaining the currency of information truth may sometimes simply equate to maintaining and purging current revisions of truthful knowledge based on date.  The expected truthfulness of knowledge can change  rapidly with the currency of information.  Knowledge is based on associated matrixes of information, which in turn is based on associated matrixes of data that can change rapidly.  Knowledge communication therefore also involves the transmission of both structured and associated forms of qualitatively evaluated information. 

It is certain that the technological requirements of tomorrow's World include the development of a higher level of integration between mankind and man and computer.  Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of knowledge transmission is that it can provide the receivers with the senders rationale for intentions and response(s).   Multimedia of today includes the idea of alternate reality or what is often called CyberSpace.  In an alternate reality the human operator intimately associates input and output of the computer and his senses.  Visual information presented by the computer is three dimensional or stereoscopic in nature.  Audio may also be presented in stereo.  In a real sense, the operator exists as a part of the computer since it is the computer that controls all of what the operator sees and hears.  CyberSpace means that humans will not work on their computers but rather in their computers.  Through the computer operators will be "presented" to others and other places.  The actual CyberSpace itself may or not be representational of natural reality.  Logical engines could be constructed for software applications that are CyberSpace 3-dimensional.  Sensors are presently designed and used that allow humans to interact with logical objects within CyberSpace.  It is certain that many of the logical objects or logical engines will be sensitive.  How does one go about protecting "logical" objects from others freely using the facilities of a given system?  How does one protect a desktop of "logical" documents in a room of visiting virtual guests?  The solution is to generate and maintain those as secure logical objects.  




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