John Bordeaux – The true nature of the network economy

And the more – the sooner we can realize all the networks are connected, and we’re deciding to husband off these things that’s been – and put walls, oh, nobody gets in this one. You know, that’s fake. That’s completely fake for one reason, a human being will be on your network and then will go home and get on their home network, and you just bridge networks. I mean, that’s the, let’s go front page on national security right now. That’s what happened to the U.S. National Security System. We setup amazingly secured wonderful networks, but human beings are allowed to move among them and you’ve bridged them. And now your security is only as good as that individual’s creativity, and interest, or their sloppiness.

There have been significant problems on classified networks because someone popped in a USB stick from… that has his kids photos on or something. I mean, this is – so individuals bridge these networks and I love this forward thinking at the time – I wish I can remember his name, I apologize – a forward thinker saying, well, the fact is all the networks are one in a sense, in a certain sense of federation. All networks are one and the sooner we allow for that and accommodate that in our businesses, we’ll be a lot better off. I’ll have a better company and we can actually do more work.

But that’s really the nature of things. Get down to the true nature of that. These networks are actually not isolated. There’s no such thing as an intranet that no one can get to. They can get to it and it’s going to happen and the more you lock it down, the more it will happen in ways you don’t want it to. But because you denied the true nature of the network economy, you’re still going to be stuck up talking about these silly conversations about IP and VPN or secured networks I can think, which is apart from the actual nature of what’s happening. That really helped me kind of kick-start my thinking in this to say, “Okay, this is broader question at work here.” If the notion of intranet is completely false, what else are we getting wrong out there?

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