Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution Peter Singer spoke at The Fletcher School yesterday about the evolving threat of cyber warfare and how business and government leaders need to rethink their security strategies.
Admiral James Stavridis, dean of The Fletcher School, introduced Singer by describing him as “the Meryl Streep of defense,” due to Singer’s wide knowledge on many international issues including child soldiers, corporate security, drone use and cyber warfare.
“When I think of Meryl Streep, I think about an actress who has incredible range, who can lose herself in any role, and every time you see her it’s different and it’s fresh,” he said. “Peter … has one of the best minds looking at security, defense, technology and their intersection.”
Singer briefly outlined the changing nature of computers and the internet. He explained that as computers have become more complex and the internet has developed, both have a tremendous impact on everyday life.
“Since then, three decades later, computers have taken a central role in my life, and I would argue all of our lives,” he said. “The first website was made in 1991 … and we now live in a world where there are more than 30 trillion individual websites. Moreover, the internet is no longer about compiling or sharing information online; it’s also starting to shake the real world with the emerging internet of things.”