Digital Equilibrium Project Looks to Balance Privacy, Security
Former Executive Chairman of RSA Art Coviello explains what the new effort he helped organize is all about—and why, with the FBI-Apple case dominating the news, it matters more than ever.As the battle between privacy and security rages between Apple and the FBI, it has become apparent to many that there is a need for digital equilibrium to restore balance. That, in fact, is the goal—to understand and define the balance between privacy and security—of the new Digital Equilibrium Project, a group that is being formed by top IT executives and thought leaders to help lead the way forward for the IT industry and policy makers alike. "I helped to organize it [Digital Equilibrium Project] with McKinsey's help with the idea that people on various sides were talking past one another, often without the facts," former Executive Chairman of RSA Art Coviello told eWEEK. "Our participants bring significant networks and resources to bear from themselves and the organizations they work with, and we're confident we have the resources to execute on the mission." The idea of bringing together a multistakeholder group that talks about collaboration in security is not a new one, with multiple efforts announced in both the private and public sector over the past decade. In many cases, the groups are announced at an industry event such as Black Hat or the RSA Conference, which is the case with Digital Equilibrium—it will debut its foundational paper, "Balancing Security and Privacy in the Connected World," at the RSA Conference on March 1. Coviello said that while there have been other groups announced at the RSA Conference in the past, typically those efforts are one-sided: security firms that are concerned about a piece of legislation or privacy groups battling specific government actions.
"We hope to create a groundswell of thinking—not through acrimonious and emotional debate, but through active listening and fact-based dialogue so we can we make progress before it is too late," he said.