eWEEKchat Nov. 13: Will We Ever Shut Down the Hackers?

On Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKnews will host an eWEEKchat: “IT Security: Will We Ever Completely Shut Down the Hackers?"

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKnews will host its 11th eWEEKchat event. The topic will be: “IT Security: Will We Ever Completely Shut Down the Hackers?" It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, who is eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.

Some quick facts:

Topic: “IT Security: Will We Ever Completely Shut Down the Hackers?"
Date/time: Nov. 13, 2013 @11a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT

Hosted by: @eWeekNews

Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz

Tweetchat handle: Use #eWeekChat to follow/participate in the chat

Chatroom real-time links: We have two: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat or http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat

eWEEKchat Event news page: http://www.eweek.com/innovation/eweekchat-events/


eWEEKchat No. 11 on Nov. 13 will discuss security and privacy, which have been universal topics for the IT industry pretty much since the dawn of time. The sheer numbers of users, devices and connections--and a commeasurate lack of understanding of digital security--among all those people and devices has never presented a better opportunity for the bad guys in computer hacking.

By 2017, there will be about 3.6 billion Internet users, almost half of what will be the projected worldwide population of 7.6 billion people that year. By comparison, there were 2.3 billion users in 2012, or about 32 percent of the world's population, according to a recent Cisco Systems report.

There also will be more than 19 billion network connections--both fixed and mobile devices as well as M2M connections--by 2017, up from about 12 billion in 2012. That's an enormous amount of network activity that IT--and security providers--will be strained to handle.

More digital currency is changing hands, too, than ever before. More passwords need to be remembered than in the past. Security has never had a tougher job than right now.

Does a single-sign-on system make sense? What about two-factor access?

Beyond all this, much of the work will be automated--pre-planned or programmed by people as well as machines using increasingly aware business intelligence software. The bad guys who understand automation and where the back doors are located are among the most dangerous digital outlaws.

Can machines be taught to hack? Let’s discuss that, too.

This discussion will be relevant to everyone. Let your friends know about this valuable discussion.

For a bit of background, here's how a Tweetchat works:

Who: All those who use the Internet.

What: A Tweetchat is an online conversation held at a prearranged time following a specific hashtag. In eWEEK's case, we will be using #eWeekChat for all of our Tweetchats. Chatroom real-time links: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat or http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT.

Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #eWeekChat. A link to the recap (so you can see a record of what everybody tweeted) will be posted on this blog the following Friday, Nov. 15.

Why: The whole idea is to facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing and problem solving. We also want your input on what you'd like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @eweeknews with topic ideas.

Participants will be able to ask questions of eWEEK staff members and special guests or simply add their thoughts to the conversation. The only restrictions are that we stay on topic and that you say what you need to say succinctly (140 characters).

You may not have participated in a Tweetchat previously. They generally move pretty fast, but you can learn a lot. We'll also post a record of all the comments so that you can refer to it afterward. Here's the Storify page containing all of our previous eWEEKChat compilations.

Please note that to maintain a semblance of order, please prefix your question or comment with the number of the question we are currently discussing. As an example, the moderator may post: "Q1: Have you actually ever met a hacker?"

To which you might answer: "A1: Well, yes, a smoker friend of mine tends to hack a lot." Or you might not answer that way.

A Tweetchat is a venue that is easy to use on any type of device, too. By the way, did you know that eWEEK is the only mainstream IT trade publication that has specific apps for Android and iOS devices?

Hope to connect with you on Nov. 13, and please use your collaboration network to tell your friends. Let's have fun with this.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 13 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...