Professor, University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG)
Nir Kshetri is Professor at Bryan School of Business and Economics, The University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a research fellow at Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration - Kobe University, Japan. Nir is the author of four books. His 2014 book Global Entrepreneurship: Environment and Strategy (Routledge: New York) was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine (January 2015 Issue). Nir has also published eighty six journal articles.
Nir participated as lead discussant at the Peer Review meeting of the UNCTAD’s Information Economy Report 2013 and Information Economy Report 2015. He is a two time winner of the Pacific Telecommunication Council’s Meheroo Jussawalla Research Paper Prize (2010 and 2008). Nir has been interviewed and/or quoted in over 60 TV channels, magazines and newspapers. The Russian language publication, computerra.ru has described him as one of the world’s leading experts in cybercrime.
Topical Session 9: Cybersecurity in Telecom
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Cybersecurity (CS) is among the most critical issues facing organizations today. The role of cybersecurity in the pursuit of organizational mission, while currently underappreciated, is likely to become more evident in the future. This presentation examines the organizational, environmental, and contextual aspects of cybersecurity and explores how organizations can acquire, deploy, and develop resources and capabilities to prepare themselves for the changing cybersecurity environment. In doing so, it gives special consideration to strategic management from the cybersecurity perspective, which involves matching an organization’s resources and capabilities with the changing cybersecurity environment in the most advantageous way. It covers the formulation of the organization's cybersecurity objectives and goals, and engagement in implementation and control of decisions and actions that can help achieve these objectives and goals. It presents a conceptual framework delineating the drivers and outcomes of cybersecurity strategy. It provides information on which to build a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy to minimize and prevent cyber-attack risks facing a company, as it examines the corporate cybersecurity environment within the larger context of data-driven decision and increasing cyber-security risks. I classify cyber-threats in terms of various dimensions such as capabilities and motivations of the attacker, potential consequences to the victim organization, relationship with actions and positions of the target and the time-variance relation. It also examines the relevance and limitations of various types of resources in the context of cybersecurity and articulates processes by which internal and market-based resources can be improved and redeployed in order to strengthen cybersecurity and convert into competitive advantages in the big data era. The presentation also introduces the first principle of CS, which involves reducing the cyber-vulnerability and minimizing the potential negative consequences if the firm faces cyber-attacks. Key determinants of vulnerability and consequences are discussed.