This past Thursday, October 20, 2016, The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor held its 12th annual conference, SUMIT 2016, on cyber security at Michigan’s Rackham Auditorium. Michigan welcomed industry leaders to speak at this event, one being Donald Welch. Immersed in the field as Michigan’s Chief Information Security Officer, Mr. Welch spoke at the event and highlighted the interplay between privacy and cyber security. Essentially, increasing security is going to decrease privacy for the average American. Striking this balance is something that always invites challenging discussion for various legislative bodies and courts around the country, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
The arena of cyber security is vast, affecting many other worldwide phenomena and societal systems including terrorism, social media, airport security, health care, the criminal justice system (particularly criminal procedure) and daily activities, such as one using apps on his or her smart phone. In an age where there can be more personal information stored on your mobile device than in your entire house, privacy is more important than ever. Health care attorneys and medical professionals alike should be closely monitoring how the health care privacy laws evolve and possibly become more robust as we get deeper into the 21st century.
In a century where technology seems to be driving our advancement, cyber security will become a saturated field with universities such as Michigan pulling their resources together to resolve current issues and also take the lead in forward thinking.