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Book Review, Digital Marketplaces Unleashed

More than 150 experts from academia and industry have laid out how digitalisation and technology are fundamentally changing the world. Christian Schläger, Head of Cybersecurity at G+D Mobile Security, is one of the contributors.

There has been a plethora of opportunities for innovative thinkers and businesses afforded by the digital and technology revolution in the past decade or so. The pace of change in our globalised and connected world shows no sign of abating and this has been accompanied by vast quantities of academic research into all sorts of areas – from analysis of data collection to the impact of digital technology on the economy.

81 chapters, 17 sections

In the 2017-published Digital Marketplaces Unleashed (Claudia Linnhoff-Popien, Ralf Schneider and Michael Zaddach, eds), more than 150 experts from academia and industry (across a mammoth 81 chapters) have laid out a comprehensive review of how digitalisation and technology are fundamentally changing the world we inhabit. Just how wide ranging this impressive book is can be gauged from its 17 individual section headings, which range from Individualized Digital Learning (IV), Distributive Technologies and Entrepreneurship (V) and Fin- & Insuretech (VIII) to Big Data and Analytics (XIII), Internet of Things (XV) and Active Cyber Defense (XVII).

Enabling Cyber Sovereignty

Christian Schläger, recently appointed as Head of Cybersecurity at G+D Mobile Security, is one of the contributors to the book. Christian’s contribution – alongside fellow writers André Ebert, Andy Mattausch and Michael Beck – is a chapter entitled “Enabling Cyber Sovereignty: with Knowledge, Not with National Products”. In their article, Schläger and his fellow writers analyse the term “cyber sovereignty” – they do this by focusing on the “main idea behind the foundation” of the German Cyber Security Organization (DCSO – Deutsche Cyber Sicherheitsorganisation) by several German DAX companies (in 2015) and the accompanying implementation of a “Product Evaluation and Integration” (PEI) service.

A closed community group of users could build a service that leverages the power of modern testing facilities.

Christian Schläger, Head of Cybersecurity at G+D Mobile Security

No limitations of national bounderies

The authors conclude that the best way to take advantage of the notion of sovereignty in the cyber world is to ensure there are no “limitations of national boundaries”. Therefore, in contrast to a national-constructed understanding of cyber sovereignty, it would be more advantageous to develop a “closed community group of users building a service that leverages the power of modern testing facilities with the combined knowledge and references of major business players and their expert teams.”

More players providing more ideas

In turn, such a PEI service would be available beyond the DAX group, and instead to all industrial users as a subscription. Moreover, due to its community-based make-up, the PEI service would play the role of “facilitator and promoter of new ideas and technology companies”. With new players in the game as the evolution of the service continues, start-ups would be encouraged “to develop new ideas against attacks and vulnerabilities.” This, say Schläger and his fellow authors, would present the best opportunity to stay ahead in the “race against attackers”.

“Digital Marketplaces Unleashed“ is available in selected book stores and at Amazon.