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Trust and wisdom in cybersecurity

Trustworthiness in cybersecurity depends on a reliable system in which each one does its part.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

This sketch on trustworthiness is a vector drawing. Modified (by me, of course) stock images were used to represent the World Wide Web and some stakeholders of a reliable cybersecurity ecosystem: tech companies, represented by a software developer; government, represented by an agent/public servant; media and organizations like the EFF, represented by a journalist; and the public in general - us, common users. All these stakeholders must play their parts so we can have a proper, trustworthy ecosystem: companies providing good, reliable software; government regulating when necessary; media overseeing what's going on and keeping transparency, and users being wise all the time. I believe that, in cybersecurity, trustworthiness and wisdom are intertwined - one does not exclude the other. The colors on the words are the same as the ones on the logos on the computers: these are main ideas that I relate to each stakeholder. I tried to make a simple concept that most people could understand: smartphones are ubiquitous and our main devices for everything these days, and I thought it would be good to include computers with the stakeholders, too, as a way to show that, today, we are all connected through the Web. My next steps for this concept would be to reinforce the notion of "all connected". I wanted to include some representation of the stakeholders "overseeing the smartphone", but the results didn't make me happy. I would like to improve the colors and use textures, too.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

This second vector sketch deals represents the same idea, with a different visual. The tech companies/software developer are represented by the cloud, and the government and media, by the laptops on both sides. The common user stays centered. All these stakeholders must play their parts so we can have a proper, trustworthy ecosystem: companies providing good, reliable software; government regulating when necessary; media overseeing what's going on and keeping transparency, and users being wise all the time. The Web is the sea, and relates to all of us. It's more abstract, and was done much more hastily.

What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)

Well, I had never realized how the images representing cybersecurity in general are so "off". It's surprising, I read about it all the time, but had never really paid attention to the usual graphic representations of the matter. Also, I learned the basics of vector drawing on Inkscape. And about drawing perspectives, too! Credits for all the stock graphics used on these 2 (two) sketches: "Businessmen" and "Businesswoman" by Ronny Overhate from Pixabay. "Capitol" by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay. "news" by Gregor Cresnar from the Noun Project. "developer" by Adrien Coquet from the Noun Project. "internet" by Shocho from the Noun Project. "Holding Phone" by Siddharth Dasari from the Noun Project. "helm" by Alena Artemova from the Noun Project. "Cloud" by lastspark from the Noun Project. "Laptop" by B. Agustín Amenábar Larraín from the Noun Project. "Laptop" by mathieu bln from the Noun Project.

Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)

I live in Brazil. I'm a public servant graduated in Law and working at the State Accounting Court, but forever interested in IT and everything computers. I like to take photos and deal with graphics and pictures. Unfortunately, I have never done any of that (tech of graphics) for a living. I also love music, and play bass.

Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)

I got very VERY curious about the mentorship for the shortlisted participants. Having someone helping me developing this sketch would be out of this (my ordinary) world. It would be good to learn, maybe meet people and get more involved.

What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have minimal experience and/or knowledge in the cybersecurity field.

What best describes you?

  • Other

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • In the news

Location: City

Porto Alegre.

Location: State / District

Rio Grande do Sul.

Location: Country

  • Brazil

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Hello Fernando Mees Abreu  Happy to see your contribution to the Cybersecurity challenge. How would you consider pushing this idea further? We've had a large number of very interesting creations, have you had a chance to browse other submissions? There's a very interesting conversation around cybersecurity going on!

Photo of Fernando Mees Abreu

Hello Dima Boulad. Well, the most important to me is making the idea very "easily understandable" to the general audience. From the Challenge Brief, I understood that OpenIDEO is looking for designs that the public can easily grasp and start thinking about cybersecurity in everyday terms. My idea is that cybersecurity depends on an "ecosystem" formed by "tech", "government", "media and rights organizations", and "users", with each of these playing a role. I want to make my design more understandable, with enough information in it to make people think about my idea. How should a user behave to stay secure? What should we demand from our governments, what kind of actions, as to enforce an environment with freedom and security? How can we make clear, to the tech industry, that we must value privacy, freedom and security? I must find a way to convey these, and other ideas, on the final design. About other contributions, I checked some, not all of them. I must confess that many of them seem a bit too abstract to me, maybe because I'm not an artist neither a cybersecurity professional I could not relate to some of them at all. I applauded those that caught my attention, however. Let me know if you need any more input, and thank you for commenting on my idea.

Photo of Fernando Mees Abreu

Thinking about the problem at hand - how to make the design more immediately understandable - I realized just how deeply the common cybersec-related images (depicting hooded characters, unintelligible numbers and codes, etc) are so deeply rooted in our minds. However, they do efficiently convey an idea: that one should fear those factors that compromise our cybersecurity. I guess the biggest challenge for my design it to make it more relatable to people, in a more concrete way. I need to anchor it to something from real life that most people knows - like the usual images are anchored in graphics based on movies like Matrix and things like that. How can I anchor my idea of collaborating for cybersec on some strong graphic asset? That's the main task I need to carry.

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