On March 16, 2010, I had the opportunity to spend the day with the Fourth Annual IT Security Entrepreneurs’ Forum (ITSEF IV) — part of the Security Innovation Network (SINET) at Stanford University. The organization was created by Robert Rodriguez, a former secret service agent wanted to increase the collaboration between the United States government and the private business community to keep the Internet growing and thriving within a secure cyber environment. His Network is designed to “bridge the gap” of these two sectors through partnerships, social networks, and venues that enhance knowledge and awareness across company and agency boundaries.
Robert is on the right track with his innovative thinking. The internet is like the “wild wild west” and the United States has a great opportunity to maintain an innovative advantage through collaborating, instead of thinking of it as a competition. We need a new approach to maintain our cyber world.
“The Security Innovation Network is focused on advancing IT security innovation through collaborative models,” says Robert, who each year hosts the IT Security Entrepreneur’s Forum.
Cyberspace has a unique opportunity to show a new practice of business–collaboration. It is nice to see companies wanting to do this. Call me idealistic, but we should no longer be about competition; leave that for our entertainment (e.g. movies, sports). People will prosper under collaboration and cooperation. This is a necessity for our country to embrace our differences, build new trust, and come together for the reason of excellence.