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The real meaning of… Mobile, Machines and the Malware Man-in-the-Middle

In the kingdom of the enterprise, it was the elite knowledge workers who were first empowered with mobile technology. You know, the ones from the higher ground, known as the C Level, the only environment to support BYOD. Rare creatures inhabited this ecosystem, flitting between hotels, airport lounges and exhibitions, glued to their glowing screens as they left restaurant feedback on Trip Advisor and instantly filed their expenses through their iPhone apps.

The rest of the workers, who ranged from field engineers to the office-bound, half-man half-desk creatures who loyally protected the company brand image from any excitement, had to make do with whatever they were given. 

It was a classic medieval class structure but, unlike their role models – the Nobility – the Mobility showed no duty of ‘moblese oblige’ and felt no compunction to share the benefits of their wisdom or to help those of lower ranking. In fact, they went one stage further in their brutality and devised the strategy of M2M (machine to machine) first. At which point, it became formally recognised that communications between the Internet of Things (IoT) were far more important than people.

It’s enough to make you become a Malware writer, the modern equivalent of the luddite. (Did you really think the men who smashed the looms in the Dark Satanic mills of Yorkshire did so with their bare hands?) Like the hammer wielding machine smashers of the last industrial revolution, today’s writers of malicious code use the latest tools better than most of us but they still feel side-lined. In fact, the fiendish cunning displayed by the creators of Man-in-the-Middle scams and Phishing expeditions would indicate they know more about human nature than many C Level executives. We need to bring them on side somehow. Maybe we need a malware first strategy. 


Also read:

The real meaning of… ‘As A Service’
The real meaning of… Bitcoin
The real meaning of… ChatBots
The real meaning of Disruptive Technology
The real meaning of… the e-prefix
The real meaning of… Futurology
The real meaning of…3G and 4G
The real meaning of… Hard-wired
The real meaning of... Information Age - interruptive technology
The real meaning of… Jabber
The real meaning of…. Killer apps, Kyoto, Keyword stuffing and Knowledge
The real meaning of… Legacies and Leverage, Leadership and Language


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Nick Booth

Nick Booth worked in IT in the UK’s National Health Service, financial services and The Met Police, witnessing at first hand the disruptive effects of new technology. As a journalist and analyst, his mission is to stop history repeating itself.

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