A secure and inclusive digital society

Technology is currently not limited by innovation. Instead, it’s the capability to adapt fast enough.
Businesses are differentiating by the capability of adoption, most notably the agility of their customers using these innovations. We believe we can only answer the questions of tomorrow when we create a secure digital society.

A presentation by Hein Dekkers, Director Country Digital Acceleration Netherlands, Cisco.

Interview

Question 1: What drives you?
A secure and inclusive digital society, making sure we are using technology to innovate life and well-being for this and following generations. We can only answer tomorrow’s questions when we can sustain social support towards digitization.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Technology is currently not limited by innovation. Instead, it’s the capability to adapt fast enough.
Businesses are differentiating by the capability of adoption, most notably the agility of their customers using these innovations. We believe we can only answer the questions of tomorrow when we create a secure digital society.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Quantum networking and edge intelligence have significant potential, protecting data so it can be trusted to move from decision support to decision-making functions. The identity of data by the context of its creation before it is used in AI and ML learnings is fundamental for social support in the long run. In the short run, we see significant adoption of edge intelligence and secure edge, normalizing and structuring or mark data sets transported over multi-access technologies.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Identity will be fundamental to classify data quality. However, the ability to provide context on how the data is produced and transported when data is used through AI or ML processes will limit the ability to trace the source’s quality and the value of the outcome.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
We believe we need to educate society, proving trust in technology towards society by ensuring security is not an afterthought but a fundamental responsibility.

About Hein Dekkers
In his role, he directs and serves the Country Digital Acceleration team in the Netherlands and joins the Dutch Management Team. He will further expand the DVN program and adapt it to the Digital Agenda of the Netherlands so that Cisco continues to contribute to the digital acceleration of the Netherlands. This also includes further building and maintaining reliable partnerships with government, healthcare, education and critical infrastructures.

About Cisco
Cisco helps seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the unconnected. An integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships, working together to identify our customers’ needs and provide solutions that fuel their success.

We have preserved this keen focus on solving business challenges since our founding in 1984. Len Bosack and wife Sandy Lerner, both working for Stanford University, wanted to email each other from their respective offices, but technological shortcomings did not allow such communication. A technology had to be invented to deal with disparate local area protocols, and as a result of solving their challenge, the multiprotocol router was born.

Hein Dekkers is speaker at the 2021 edition of the Future of Communication Conference.

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