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IBM CEO Arvind Krishna On The Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack, The ‘Worrisome’ Chip Shortage And The Future Of AI

Wade Tyler Millward

“We’re going to look back at this time and probably declare 2021 as the year that we entered the digital era completely,” IBM CEO Arvind Krishna says. “The pandemic, as I’ve said before, took 10 years of digital acceleration and brought it in two years, those two being ’20 and ’21.”

‘Cybersecurity Will Be The Issue Of This Decade’

The Colonial Pipeline hack is an example of how “cybersecurity will be the issue of this decade,” Krishna said, and called on Washington, D.C., to treat cybersecurity as seriously as it has historically treated space travel.

“People are going to come after data,” he said. “I actually believe that the government should create a program that is similar to the NASA program, and it should have the same level of investment as it was to put man on the moon. And by that I mean, the same way that NASA was a public private partnership, albeit with a lot of government support, there should be a similar public-private partnership today, where you invest an equal amount of money as the inflation-adjusted NASA amount, so that we can begin to get a handle on how we do that.”

“We certainly would be happy to raise our hand,” he continued. “And people have asked me before, ‘Would you share data?’ Absolutely, as long as it’s anonymized. I don’t think it’s appropriate to take our client’s data and give it in an open way to others, but certainly we’d be happy to participate in such an effort, and I believe that will go a long way towards this. This requires a collective effort. It’s not enough for us all to do it one by one, as this weekend’s attack showed.”

 
Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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