I had the honor of working with two great colleagues in producing the next IBM white paper on Homeland Security issues. I will be off-line until November 1 and wanted to introduce this new study before I sign off to get married next week.
The new paper — by Scott Gould, Dan Prieto, and me — is entitled “Global Movement Management: Commerce, Security, and Resiliency in Today’s Networked World.” As IBM’s most recent thought leadership piece on homeland security, the paper offers a perspective on challenges shared by a broad community of interest that includes governments, corporations, NGOs, and individuals.
The report is to be rolled out on October 16th in Vancouver at IBM’s Global Executive Forum on Customs, Ports, and Border Management. You may download the Executive Summary here. By month’s end (possibly sooner), readers will be able to click through here to request a copy of the full report.
The key ideas presented in this paper focus on:
• The networked nature of 21st century risk
• A new concept of security we call “Intelligent Immunity”
• A revised and extended Global Movement Management analytical framework
• Strategic human capital
• Unique data assets and skills to be leveraged through technology in new ways
• A challenge we call the “governance gap” that currently limits progress in these areas
IBM first introduced its global movement management strategy in 2005 with “Global Movement Management: Securing the Global Economy.” Chris Beckner, the founder of this blog, co-wrote that piece with Scott Gould.
Both GMM papers explain how the health and well-being of modern society depend on highly integrated, complex economic systems that serve to move people, goods, conveyances, money and information around the world. These systems include, for example, immigration, aviation and transit systems for the movement of people; maritime, trucking and air cargo for the movement of goods; pipelines and electric grids to transport fuels and energy; and the Internet and other communications networks to move information and to enable financial flows. Collectively, these comprise the “global movement system.”
This thumbnail is a sneak preview of the revised GMM framework illustration (click to enlarge):
“Global Movement Management: Commerce, Security and Resiliency in Today’s Networked World” asserts that, despite the complexity of today’s global economy, movement systems are more alike than they are different. The basis for the GMM initiative is a belief that policymakers, business leaders, and security professionals should focus on these similarities as the keys to developing sound strategies for improving the performance, security and resilience of global movement systems, while also seeking to preserve core societal values.
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