The Cyber Minority Report: Gender Affairs

Investigating the evolutionary relationship between women, information, and security, via the prism of the red queen hypothesis.

In 1973, an evolutionary scientist called Leigh Van Valen published an academic paper called “a new evolutionary law”. In it he defined a law called “law of constant extinction”, which state that the probability of extinction does not rely on how long a specie exists. To explain it, he proposed a hypothesis he called “the red queen hypothesis”. It is calls so because in Lewis Carroll’s sequel to “Alice in Wonderland” called “Through the Looking Glass” there is a scene in which the red queen tells Alice:It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.

The talk you are about to see was given by myself on the 19th of November 2015, in an ISACA London Chapter Event entitled: ’The Cyber Minority Report: Female Perspectives’. It provides my personal view of the role of sexes in evolution, its relationship to information security, and why does “the red queen hypothesis” predicts that our current approach of relying on technology to solve our information security problems is leading us to the extinction of our security.

Enjoy, and feel free to comment either here or on Peerlyst.

Eh’den Biber

PS While watching, try to figure our why my daughter couldn’t stop laughing when I told her something about my appearance in the video. Please feel free to guess 🙂



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