Until recently in the United States (US) and around the world, internet technology companies were not considered to have any historical presence, however Normandin Street has been in business is the early days of information security. The first known computer virus was unleashed on the Arpanet in the 1970s and later released on the internet in the 1980s. Known as The Creeper it displayed, “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can”! (Creeper, 2019). A quarter-century later, computer viruses have become a pandemic for which there is no vaccination.
Historical and Cultural Analysis
Many consider information security to be an issue of the modern day and a byproduct of computer use, however it has been used throughout history. From wax, seals, and secret messengers, documents were protected against security risks.
One form of secret writing used by both the British and American armies was invisible ink. During the Revolutionary War, invisible ink usually consisted of a mixture of ferrous sulfate and water. The secret writing was placed between the lines of an innocent letter and could be discerned by treating the letter with heat or a chemical substance. The recipient placed the paper over the flame of a candle or treated it with a chemical reagent, such as sodium carbonate, which would reveal the letter’s hidden contents. Acquiring intelligence about troop movements, supplies, and battle plans was General Washington’s highest priority. Washington suggested that reports could be written in the invisible ink “on the blank leaves of a pamphlet. . . a common pocket book, or on the blank leaves at each end of registers, almanacks, or any publication or book of small value” (Spy Techniques of the Revolutionary War, n. d.).
Companies such as Normandin Street consider the internet to be a worldwide resource that needs to be protected for all users, not just a specific segment of users. The internet is worldwide, so Normandin Street’s compatibility with all types of information and cybersecurity is universal. As the company is already tapped into international markets, it makes sense to move into the US market for the next growth segment. At Normandin Street, we believe that we can offer protection like no other company because we have a homegrown understanding of international threats. Most threads today are not developed in the US but are developed in countries like Russia and China. As Normandin street is based in several countries, we believe that we are uniquely positioned to protect US users.
Normandin Street is developing artificial intelligence that operates in the binary code of devices. We believe that this will help deal with the shortage of cyber security professionals. With a current estimated 350,000 open cyber security positions in the US, and a predicted global shortfall of 3.5 million cyber security jobs by 2021 (Morgan, 2017). Artificial intelligence may take the lead in protection on the internet in the coming years. By developing artificial intelligence that can protect binary code we believe that we are taking the lead and protecting the free market. It only makes sense to also protect the leader of the free world that is considered to be the US.
The biggest struggle that Normandin Street will face as we attempt to enter the US market is the fact that we are an international internet security company we may be a threat to US securities. However, we feel that we have sufficient core values that aligned themselves with American beliefs.
Normandin Street feels that the internet needs to remain free and clean for all views as a democratic society. We are committed to keeping the internet free and open so that users can express their views freely and openly just as the settlers in the new world did without fear of repercussion.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the freedom of speech and expression against all levels of government censorship. This freedom and protection is an essential component of the American experience and allows our country to have the arguably most diverse population in the world. This protection extends to cyberspace and thus there is relatively minimal governmental technical filtering of online content in the United States” (US Censorship Policy, n.d.).
Governments censor internet content and examine the consequences of such amendments to free speech, including effects on the vast amounts of information dispersed online and reactions from the hundreds of millions of Internet users. At Normandin Street, it is not about censorship, it is about safety. Keeping the internet and information safe in cyberspace is our goal.
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Morgan, S. (2017, May 31). Cybersecurity jobs report 2018-2021. Retrieved July 8, 2019, from Cybercrime Magazine website: https://cybersecurityventures.com/jobs/
Spy techniques of the revolutionary war. (n.d.). Retrieved July 13, 2019, from George Washington’s Mount Vernon website: https://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/the-revolutionary-war/spying-and-espionage/spy-techniques-of-the-revolutionary-war
US censorship policy. (n.d.). Retrieved July 8, 2019, from Free Express VS Social Cohesion website: https://cs.stanford.edu/people/eroberts/cs181/projects/2010-11/FreeExpressionVsSocialCohesion/us_policy.html