NSA Director Fears “Destructive” Element in Coming Cyberattacks

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Computer-basedattacks emerge as threat of future, general says:

Threats posed by cyber-attacks on computer networks and the Internet are escalating from large-scale theft of data and strikes designed to disrupt computer operations to more lethal attacks that destroy entire systems and physical equipment. “That’s our concern about what’s coming in cyberspace — a destructive element,” Gen. Alexander, who is also the director of the National Security Agency, the electronic spying agency, said in a speech at a conference on cyberwarfare.

Gen. Alexander said two cases illustrate what could happen in an attack. The first was the August2003 electrical power outage in the Northeast U.S. that was caused by a tree damaging two high-voltage power lines. Electrical power-grid software that controlled the distribution of electricity to millions of people improperly entered “pause” mode and shut down all power through several states. The example highlighted the threat of sophisticated cyberwarfare attackers breaking into electrical grid networks and using the access to shut down power. “You can quickly see that there are ways now to get in and mess with [electrical] power if you have access to it,” he said.

The second example was the catastrophic destruction of a water-driven electrical generator at Russia’s Sayano-Shushenskaya dam, near the far eastern city of Cheremushki, in August2009. Gen. Alexander said one of the dam’s 10 650-megawatt hydro-turbine generators, weighing more than 1,000tons, was being serviced and, by mistake, was remotely restarted by a computer operator 500 miles away. The generator began spinning and rose 50 feet into the air before exploding. The flood caused by the accident killed 75 people and destroyed eight of the remaining nine turbines.

A similar deliberate attack remains a huge problem, Gen. Alexander said, saying that destruction by cyber-attacks was outranked only by nuclear bombs or other weapons of mass destruction. In developing cyberwarfare strategies, Gen. Alexander said, the U.S. will respond to computer-based attacks as it will to other attacks. The government is adopting an “active defense” strategy aimed at bolstering the readiness of computer networks to respond.

Alexander Cites Need for Greater Cyber Defenses (defense.gov):

Citing the high rate of intrusions against Defense Department networks, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command today said his biggest concern is the threat of destructive attacks yet to be seen. A destructive attack from cyberspace “is coming, in my opinion,” Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander told military, government, industry and academic professionals at a conference here called “Maneuvering in Cyberspace. “It is a question of time, ”he said. “What we don’t know is how far out it is,” and whether it will target commercial infrastructure, government networks or mobile platforms.

Alexander, who also serves as director of the National Security Agency, recognized both the “tremendous opportunities and tremendous vulnerabilities” created through network-enabled technologies. Just as the United States has been on the leading edge in developing many of these capabilities, Alexander said it also needs to be a leader in defending against cyber threats. “We were the country that developed the Internet, the iPhone, the iPad [and] some of these other great technologies,” he said. “We ought to be the first to secure it.”

The cost of cyber crime to the global economy is estimated at $1 trillion. “What has been going on over the last few years in the network is the greatest theft that we have seen in history,” he said. Meanwhile, malware is being introduced at a rate of 55,000 pieces per day, or one per second. As troubling as these statistics may be, Alexander said his bigger concern is, “what’s coming: a destructive element.” Both the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace, issued in May, and the Defense Department cyber strategy, released in July, recognize the importance of defending U.S. networks. This includes taking offensive action in the event of a hostile attack.

For now, Alexander said his focus is on improving defenses to reduce that likelihood. “We live in a glass house,”he said. “In cyber, we have not yet solved the defensive portion. From my perspective, there is a lot we can do to face that before we take offensive actions.” U.S. Air Force personnel work in the Air Force Space Command Network Operations &Security Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado in the July 20, 2010 file photo.

The Pentagon is about to roll out an expanded effort to safeguard its contractors from hackers and is building a virtual firing range in cyberspace to test new technologies, according to officials familiar with the plans, as a recent wave of cyber attacks boosts concerns about U.S. vulnerability to digital warfare. The twin efforts show how the President’s administration is racing on multiple fronts to plug the holes in U.S. cyber defenses. REUTERS/Rick Wilking.

JohnF. Bisner

Ing. & Analyst

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The Nationwide Network Working to Bring Mobile Biometrics to Your Community (part #3)

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As a network security professional I encourage you to read this article completely. The information is very important and denotes how fast and well we are moving into a reality that we see in Hollywood motion pictures but now is here to stay to keep us safe and on check.

Introducing Mobile Biometrics

The creation of the FirstNet network is primarily intended to enable communication between first responder entities including police, medical response, and firefighters. The system is intended to facilitate interoperable communication during disasters, mass casualty events and other catastrophic situations that could threaten traditional communications systems, such as the land mobile radio (LMR) systems currently used by emergency services.

However, the broadband capabilities of the FirstNet network, based on the 4G LTE standard but moving rapidly into 5G Speed, enable entirely new applications of wireless technology for law enforcement. The high bandwidth network’s powerful capabilities enabling large file transfers and remote database access are already being explored by a number of companies seeking to create the next generation of law enforcement technology.

One of the primary focus areas materials for FirstNet explicitly list the use of facial recognition technology and other biometric identification techniques as part of the “vision” and “promise” of the national network they are building. FirstNet lists the use of “specialized applications that allow police to quickly identify criminal suspects and accident victims through technologies such as facial recognition, iris scanning, and fingerprint identification” on the first page of its recruitment prospectus for companies seeking to exploit FirstNet’s capabilities is mobile biometrics. (On the fly).

Until now, biometric identification using fingerprints or iris scans has remained a tool limited to the context of active war zones or high-security government facilities. FirstNet’s broadband network is set to change this by enabling police around the country to use mobile biometric devices to scan the fingerprints of suspects, scan their irises or even match their face against a central database of criminal mug shots Promotional .

A presentation slide describing potential future applications of FirstNet’s nationwide broadband network.

With the advent of the distributed data network created by FirstNet, law enforcement throughout the U.S. will soon have access to the same capabilities currently used in Afghanistan to track and monitor the population. A study released in June 2013 by Sandia National Laboratories and co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) sponsored a series of “pilot projects” to obtain information and feedback from the “first responder law enforcement community on further identification of requirements for mobile biometric device technology.”

The study involved 62 jurisdictions around the country with many testing the very same devices currently used by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, such as the SEEK II made by Cross Match Technologies and the HIIDE 5 made by Morpho-Trust. According to the study’s conclusions, mobile biometric devices (MBDs) are currently used only in a limited number of jurisdictions in the U.S. that rely on “intermediate communication links and Wi-Fi proximity to either Blackberries or patrol car mobile data terminals.”

FirstNet’s capabilities would expand this reach to enable any police department in the country to implement or expand the use of MBDs, something the study says many departments want to do. This includes “technologies for subject/suspect/detainee enrollment in the field” which is currently of “definite interest” to a number of law enforcement and first responder stakeholders who “have also identified a need for a truly integrated MBD that uses fingerprint, facial recognition, iris recognition, and voice recognition technologies.”

 

John F. Bisner

Ing. & Analyst

The Nationwide Network Working to Bring Mobile Biometrics to Your Community (part4) 

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As a network security professional I encourage you to read this article completely. The information is very important and denotes how fast and well we are moving into a reality that we see in Hollywood motion pictures but now is here to stay to keep us safe and on check.

The Future of Crime Fighting

While still years away, the promise of advanced law enforcement technologies made possible by FirstNet’s broadband network has driven a number of companies to begin capitalizing on what they hope will someday be a lucrative market.  At the 2013 International Wireless Communications Expo, Alcatel-Lucent demonstrated mobile-biometric technologies for facial recognition that would rely on FirstNet’s broadband network.

Through the company’s nG-ConnectPublic Safety Program, Alcatel-Lucent is building a coalition of companies that focus in facial recognition, location tracking using GPS and other law enforcement technologies facilitated by the “commercial deployment of an all IP Network (4G LTE) with high bandwidth and low latency” known as FirstNet.

Touting the U.S. government’s allocation of $7 billion for the construction of FirstNet, an infographic created by Alcatel-Lucent proudly displays the estimated annual value of the U.S. homeland security and public safety market at over $100 billion by 2020.

The nG Connect Public Safety Program combines the expertise of several companies to redefine the “art of the possible” by building applications that help law enforcement to incorporate “award winning tracking solutions for fleet management and leading edge law enforcement surveillance and covert operations capabilities” as well as “proprietary recognition engines for analysis of video streams to identify ‘people of interest’ by biometric and personal characteristics.” A short video from EclipseIR, part of Alcatel-Lucent’s ng Connect Public Safety program working to create applications that would leverage FirstNet’s high-bandwidth data transfer capabilities.
Mutualink, another company working to leverage FirstNet’s capabilities, is taking the concept of mobile biometrics one step further with its Google Glass for Public Safety.  “Robocop may not be real, but his efficiency is something worth aspiring to,” begins an article about the product published in Government Technology. The technology will integrate with the Google-Glass heads up display to allow users to “look to the right in their peripheral vision and view information that is being served to them, like maps, blueprints, surveillance video feeds, or other documents.”

According to Mutualink’s Senior Vice President Joe Mazzarella, the technology could be “very useful for first responders and soldiers alike.”  An article in the law enforcement publication PoliceOne.com provides examples of potential applications for the Google Glass for Public Safety, suggesting an “officer interviewing a suspected gang member could run the suspect’s image through a facial recognition database of known gangsters, or pull up a photo record of a tattoo to compare against one on the person in front of them.”  During a search of a building, officers could “see their own location and those of everyone else involved in the effort on a stored floor plan of the structure” or, as a Mutualink press release states, they could “watch video feed from school security cameras in real-time during an active shooter scenario.”

A presentation from the acting Chief Technology Officer of FirstNet Craig Farrill at a regional workshop in May 2013 indicates that First Netintends to foster a “vibrant developer community contributing useful apps for first responders.”  These applications would be vetted by FirstNet prior to being offered for download to devices on the broadband network, something like an iTunes for law enforcement and first responders.

Similar plans were discussed in a prospectus issued by the Major Cities Chiefs’ Association in 2012 which called for the creation of a “secure, socially driven interface” resembling Facebook to enablestate and local intelligence and counterterrorism personnel to effectively network,”allowing “a detective in Las Vegas.. . to securely customize a profile page, build a network of ‘friends’ who are in fact colleagues in other agencies, andnetwork by sharing non-sensitive information through wall posts, messages, and status updates . . .”

In June, Bill Bratton, who has headed police departments in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, announced the creation of BlueLine, described as a “Facebook for cops” that is “geared toward collaboration on policing issues like gangs or drugs and product and technology advances.”  The network will reportedly be funded through law enforcement product sales including everything from “from socks to Glocks” according to the project’s Chief Strategy Officer Jack Weiss.

*** BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING EVERY WHERE….
John F. Bisner
Ing. & Analyst

The Nationwide Network Working to Bring Mobile Biometrics to Your Community (part #5)

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As a network security professional I encourage you to read this article completely. The information is very important and denotes how fast and well we are moving into a reality that we see in Hollywood motion pictures but now is here to stay to keep us safe and on check.

Local Interest in Mobile Biometrics

Though adoption of many of the advanced technologies made possible by FirstNet’s broadband network will ultimately remain up to local municipalities, several local jurisdictions have already expressed interest in mobile biometrics and other applications.

At a meeting in August, the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications Systems Authority (BayRICS), a joint powers authority of 12 counties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, used a slide from FirstNet describing facial recognition, field fingerprinting and automated license plate reading as part of the “promise of broadband” coming soon to the area.

Likewise, an Oregon Statewide Interoperability Coordination technical report issued in December 2012 titled “Planning for FirstNet” discusses introducing a number of “labor saving applications incorporating license plate recognition, scanning of driver licenses, facial recognition, and other advanced technologies” once the FirstNet broadband network is operational.

A section of the report listing public safety broadband applications includes remote access to database including “mug shots, finger prints, reporting, NCIC, criminal history, hot files” as well as “video surveillance, remote monitoring” and “automated license plate recognition.”  A press release issued in February by the Texas Department of Public Safety titled “FirstNet Ready to Boost Texas Public Safety” states that the network will not only “give emergency responders a common and instant connection, it will allow them to share information through automatic license plate readers, facial recognition systems, field fingerprint analysis processers and much more.”

The National Association of Counties even issued a policy brief in June2013 advising counties that it is “imperative” that they “engage in the consultation process and actively seek out the designated state coordinator” to take advantage of the more than “$7billion of spectrum auction proceeds and valuable spectrum bandwidth toward deployment of the nationwide network” as well as $135 million allocated by Congress for a new “State and Local Implementation Grant-Program administered by NTIA to support State, regional, tribal and local jurisdictions’ planning work with FirstNet.”

The network is described in the brief as working to provide a “secure and interoperable network” that will “also support cutting-edge applications – for example, enabling firefighters to download blueprints of burning buildings in order to plan their entry route, allowing emergency medical technicians to remotely access a victim’s medical records from an ambulance, or helping police to identify criminal suspects through facial recognition or iris scanning technologies.” A video from Alcatel-Lucent demonstrating mobile facial recognition technology that would be used with the FirstNet network.  December 18, 2013 – Big Brother is WATCHING.

*** This technology is already being used world wide. Costa Rica is also implementing such systems.


John F. Bisner

Ing. & Analyst

Desconsuelo y Angustia!!!

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Vivir el presente es realmente es un desafío continuo. Estamos tan ocupados y preocupados viviendo la vida que generalmente matamos o dejamos pasar de lado los momentos cruciales en la vida, pensamos en el futuro mientras revivimos el pasado. Irónicamente lo que podemos hacer es estar en el presente, porque solo así podremos notar y darnos cuenta de las realidades que vivimos y tenemos que afrontar ya sea de buena o en mala forma.

Todo esto es estresante porque hoy día la gente vive en la cuerda floja y asfixia de la vida, todo es rápido y avanza a pasos que la gran mayoría se quedan rezagados, y a muchos eso no les importa, porque cada quien vive por cada quien; ya no es como antes donde los demás te conocían y tú los conocías a ellos, tus amigos y vecinos. Hoy quien toma una caminata por tomarla, meditar y reflexionar, hoy da miedo caminar porque te asaltan y te abusan sin importar el mal que causen a su prójimo.

 

A las personas se les olvida que vivir el presente es vivir el ahora y observar y apreciar todo lo que te rodea, es vivir tu vida y no pensar en ella, porque entre más piensas pierdes minutos importantes por vivir. Gastamos mucho tiempo pensando y angustiados, pensando en las cosas que nos salen mal, lo mal que nos hacen, buscando la respuesta a preguntas sin sentido o explicación, al “porque, como, cuando y donde”, que nos frustra tanto y desconsuela.

 

Hay tanto por vivir que si pensamos en todo ello no vivimos nuestras vidas como debemos vivir la. Hay momentos que debes de dar una pauta, tomar un descanso, y reflexionar, meditar en tu propósito y como realizarlo y vivirlo en una forma armoniosa y feliz sin lastimar  o causar mal en tu entorno.

Las angustias que vivimos y sentimos en nuestras vidas quizás sean normales y parte del vivir y crecer como ser humanos porque al afrontarlos de forma correcta nos mejoramos, crecemos y nos acercamos aun más a la perfección tan deseada por muchos. Muchas veces la angustia termina en desconsuelo, aun cuando es algo triste y difícil, me di cuenta que no es tan malo sentirlo y experimentarlo, es necesario para aprender y continuar nuestras vidas tal cual debe ser.

La vida nos muestra muchos desconsuelos y angustias, pero estas son formas de aprendizaje que debemos saber afrontar y sobrellevar, la vida nos pone muchas trabas, pero debemos afrontar esos desafíos con firmeza, fuerza, FE y determinación; solo así, esa angustia sufrida con tanto desconsuelo nos ayudara a salir adelante y triunfantes ante las adversidades de la vida.

Como poder describir o hablar de desconsuelo, quizás simplemente seria recordar una frase de desesperación que escuche hace mucho cuando era joven y mi abuelito Pedro me explicaba que morir era vivir pero en otra dimensión, el decía que hasta en ese estado incomprensible aun por la humanidad, los muertos también sonreían por que se elevaron a la espiritualidad del vivir realmente.

Muchos seres hemos experimentado el desconsuelo en un sinfín de ocasiones quizás, pero hay momentos duros de dolor en nuestras vidas que son indescriptibles, que te muerden el corazón y desangran tu alma, momentos obscuros que son difíciles de afrontar, sobrellevar, momentos de redención y reflexión en nuestras vidas.

Dicen que la vida le pone pruebas a todo aquel que las puede sobrellevar, pero que doloroso es cuando esos momentos llegan a tus pies, tocan tu puerta y te hacen caer de rodillas en desconsuelo. Pienso que quizás el punto es que te das cuenta que tratas de hacer mucho por la vida y también descuidas sin querer lo que más amas, importa y tiene valor real en nuestras vidas.

Realmente, creo no es que hacemos las cosas mal, hay situaciones en la vida que se dan porque se tenían que dar para dejarte ver tus prioridades, no siempre el dolor es malo, pero si sos fuerte y miras más allá de las lagrimas, el evento se cristalizara dejándote ver todo tal cual es y los cambios en tu vida que debes hacer.  La vida es un sendero y cause de rio al mar sin paralelos o rectas, tiene sus curvas de ventaja y desventaja, ahí aprendemos a remar para vivir y sobrevivir mientras estamos en esta tierra”.

El desconsuelo, la angustia y desesperación nos hacen tocar el fondo, nos hunde, nos ahoga, nos mata y nos asfixia, pero en esos momentos es donde tenemos que ser fuertes, sacar las fuerzas de donde no las hay, nos aferramos a la FE, y sentimientos que nos distinguen como seres humanos que somos; por ese motivo es importante recordar que no hay que actuar con ira y furia aunque eso es lo que palpita en tu corazón, hay que ser sensatos, guardar la calma y conducirse con firmeza, con calma, y siempre en el marco de la ley contemplando la ética, la moral y la justicia siempre.

 

Antes de que admitas que te sientes incapaz, sin fuerzas, que el llanto te consume y las lagrimas te ahogan en cada gota, y pienses que nada va a cambiar para mejorar, no te dejes engañar o llevar por los sentimientos de culpa y miedo porque si existe la JUSTICIA aunque estés en el desconsuelo del momento.

Pero para lograr ese nivel de pensar y razonar debes cambiar tu primero, y eso es la parte difícil, porque la ira incrementa las ganas de hacer justicia con tus propias manos, te ciega el pensar y debilita tu razonamiento, con esto hay que tener mucho cuidado para no cometer errores irreparables en tu vida y caer más profundo aun.

Cuando tocamos fondo y vemos frente a frente la maldad con su frialdad, el desconsuelo nos encierra y abruma, pero tengo la FE que cuando estés en ese abismó al igual que yo encontraras la forma para levantarte, tomar fuerzas para afrontar la adversidad y poder con el tiempo no olvidar porque nunca se olvida, pero si tener consuelo al haber transformado una experiencia negativa en algo positivo y de más valor.

Aunque no lo crean, hasta de nuestra desdicha hay que aprender y dar gracias, porque son formas inexplicables que nos muestran la realidad del mundo presente en que vivimos porque haber tocado fondo en la forma que muchos de nosotros hemos experimentado ha contribuido a la creación de nuevos caminos con rumbos mejores, más productivos y de provecho en nuestras vidas.

Es mi gran deseo de que pronto el rumbo de nuestra nación cambie para mejorar y que nuestros líderes de gobierno comiencen a gobernar para las personas y por el pueblo en lugar de un beneficio personal  propio, sin tener en cuenta su país y conciudadanos. Me gustaría que mediante la aplicación de la disciplina, el compromiso, el linaje y la sabiduría se pueda desarrollar la expansión y la explicación de “las enseñanzas de sentido común” para mejorar como seres Humanos…!!!JB211

Quizás sin creerlo o pensarlo, lo bueno de los eventos por los que nos lleva el desconsuelo y la angustia de la vida… es cuando se llega al punto adverso y desesperación donde tú crees nada es posible, pero se te abre una puerta de oportunidad al final del túnel donde brillara una luz nueva en tu vida para continuar viviendo tu propósito en felicidad plena y amor; a eso le pongo mi firma!

 

Sinceramente,

John Bisner Ureña.

It is my great wish that soon the direction of our nation change for the best and that our leaders start governing for the people and by the people instead of personal benefit and enrichment disregarding their nation and fellow citizens. I wish that by applying discipline, commitment, lineage, and wisdom we can develop the expansion and explanation of “common sense teachings” for a better Human Race.!!!!

La Socialización Moderna y la Tecnología! Parte#1

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¿Qué hay de malo con la socialización digital de hoy? ¿Qué pasó con la interacción social humana? Como profesional en redes de Internet, seguridad en línea y como padre, puedo decir ahora que las redes sociales no pueden sustituir nunca la única forma de socializarse de persona a persona, esa interacción humana es tan básica como esencial.

Después de escuchar que Google está planeando el lanzamiento de G + a nivel mundial, yo me pregunto ¿no tenemos suficientes medios sociales ya para compartir en línea? ¿No deberíamos volver a socializarnos mejor de persona a persona? ¿No es la interacción social humana mejor, real y más saludable?

Estas son algunas de las preguntas en la mente de muchos padres y profesionales en este medio tecnológico hoy día! Hay muchas preocupaciones en relación con la socialización en línea, el intercambio de información y la seguridad de los usuarios al navegar por el Internet (WWW).

Aunque estoy de acuerdo que, por supuesto, debemos mantener un equilibrio y hacer las dos cosas, queremos realmente nunca más volver a un mundo sin socializarnos en línea? Un mundo en el que, en su mayor parte, se limita la interacción con las únicas personas que vivían en la misma región geográfica que tu.

En un mundo en constante cambio la gente no piensa ni toma en cuenta los peligros que existen detrás de las pantallas, y redes por todo el mundo. Los padres y los hijos comparten información que no se dan cuenta se puede utilizar contra ellos de una manera u otra.

Por esta razón, les digo a los padres que si ellos permiten que sus hijos tomen tiempo en línea en Facebook u otra red social existente, deben controlar y estar atentos a la información que se comparte y con quién, esto es crucial para evitar futuros problemas, dolores de cabeza o una posible tragedia. Un ejemplo de esto es el ROBO DE IDENTIDAD.

No todas las personas utilizan estas redes sociales para hacer daño o cometer un delito, pero la realidad es que hay mucha gente mala en los medios sociales en línea que utilizan la información que publicas o compartes para averiguar donde vives, tu nombre, tus hábitos, la escuela a la que asistes, o los lugares que visitas para su propio beneficio, hacer el mal y cometer crímenes.

Por estas razones, debemos asegurarnos de que nuestros hijos están seguros cuando navegan el Internet y ser cautos con lo que se escribe, dice y comparte en línea. Lo que se hace y publicas en el Internet se queda en ese medio público mundial, piensa en eso. Nuestro mundo, y aún más importante, el mundo de nuestros jóvenes, se ha abierto completamente a la era celular con las comunicaciones avanzadas en todo el mundo hoy en día.

Nos encontramos y conocemos a gente de todas partes del mundo en un clic a través de redes sociales, cable inalámbrico y comunidades virtuales. Nos relacionamos con personas de diferentes edades, nacionalidades, razas, religiones y áreas geográficas en las formas que nunca iba a suceder o ser posible en la vida real antes.

En un mundo nuevo y completo en línea con redes virtuales donde la nube tecnológica esta en cualquier lugar sin importar distancias permite y facilita muchas cosas diferentes que eran imposible e impensables antes, pero ahora están a nuestro alcance a una velocidad increíble, con la movilidad y el poder de la Internet, “los padres deben tomar las precauciones necesarias”.

La tecnología no es mala, el problema es el mal uso que se le da, además la mala intención de aquellos que se aprovechan de ella para cometer delitos. A menudo hay oportunidades para establecer contactos o casos para compartir y conocer a tus amigos en línea en persona, pero para que esto suceda tú debes de asegurarte que estás cómodo con la idea y con la persona que vas a conocer. Asegúrate de que él /ella es lo que dicen, ser.

En mi caso, he asistido a muchas reuniones y conferencias en línea con gente de Nueva York, Argentina, Costa Rica, India y Nueva Jersey donde vivo. Para algunas de estas reuniones he viajado largas distancias para asistir. Con el uso correcto de la tecnología, la verdad es que no tengo que salir de la oficina o el hogar para estar presente en una reunión.

Este conducto me permitió la oportunidad de reunirme con mis amigos y socios de negocios en línea por el mundo sin limitaciones de distancia y en tiempo real, muchos de los cuales probablemente nunca habrían sido amigos o posible para compartir sin el poder del Internet y las redes sociales mundiales.

Por este motivo creo las redes sociales son una excelente herramienta y medio ventajoso, pero si se utiliza para fines equivocados o motivos que podrían satisfacer a la gente equivocada, ahí es donde se complica y empiezan todos los problemas.

Hoy en día vivimos en diferentes tiempos, los tiempos de los medios y redes digitales, incluso yo entiendo que tenemos que aceptar la socialización en línea como una nueva forma de compartir, una herramienta para hacer negocios, y llegar a las redes de amigos y familiares que están lejos de nosotros.

En este nuevo mundo, nos guste o no, la mayoría de nuestras transacciones diarias se llevan a cabo en línea, y si usted no se mejora y se pone al día, se puede quedar atrás y ser considerado como una persona digital iliteral, si no lo eres ya. Los adolescentes pasan mucho tiempo en las redes sociales y juegos de vídeo en línea, aún se socializan algo en la vida cotidiana real, pero parece que la interacción social es cada vez menos.

Cuando yo era joven tenía un montón de posibilidades de socializarme con una persona u otra. Considero que esas fueron buenas experiencias de aprendizaje y formación como también sentimientos increíbles, alegrías tremendas en mi vida, que se dieron lugar antes del auge y era de las redes sociales de hoy. Es responsabilidad de los padres proteger a sus hijos, pasar tiempo de calidad con ellos, compartir y disfrutar de cada momento es crucial para una vida más sana en su desarrollo cotidiano.

¿Quién no recuerda jugando al fútbol con amigos, jugar al escondite con los miembros de la familia, ir en un viaje de vacaciones con amigos de la escuela con toneladas de diversión y disfrutar del vivir y la vida; algo que me parece los padres deben decirles a sus hijos que hagan más a menudo, además de participar de la experiencia para hacerla más agradable y beneficiosa. Tal vez la gente que no tiene experiencia con las redes sociales van a tener un tiempo difícil y viven problemas en un mundo conectado, o tal vez no.

 

¿Cree usted que la tecnología específica de mensajes de texto hace a la gente más social?

Una teoría que supone la introducción de sistemas de mensajería de texto en la sociedad como una forma de socialización tiende a separar a personas y los hacen más distantes, eliminando la sensación de interacción y de la personalidad en lugar de permitir que las personas interactúen sin repercusiones de la experiencia de conversación estándar normal.

Hoy en día con las nuevas tecnologías y los nuevos teléfonos con nuevas cámaras de alta definición, los niños tienden a enviar textos, tomar fotos y vídeo en tiempo real y compartirla a través de una conexión de la línea no segura, donde puede ser fácilmente interceptado por las personas equivocadas.

 

Los niños usan la tecnología en gran escala en el esquema que asumen y dan por seguro las redes LAN, los satélites y las conexiones inalámbricas, sólo para tener una presencia en línea que está dando forma a su modo de vida y la socialización de hoy, algo que les digo hay que mantener un ojo de águila para el bien de la familia y sus hijos.

Yo les digo y aconsejo a los padres, que deben seguir velando lo que hacen y comparten sus hijos en los medios y la forma en que ellos están usando la tecnología, nos guste o no, debe participar y aceptar en cambio y los avances del momento. De esta manera usted será capaz de controlar ayudar y proteger mejor a sus hijos, además también puede ayudar a los niños a aprender a tomar decisiones mejores y más inteligentes, además de gestionar la sobrecarga de posibles amenazas con éxito.

Hoy más que nunca, los padres deben entender los peligros y desafíos que nuestros hijos enfrentan en línea y buscar la ayuda necesaria, poner los pies en la tierra, trazar estrategias para abordar los problemas específicos que enfrentan nuestros niños que están rodeados de opciones infinitas — y muy pocos límites en la Internet.

John Bisner Urena 

 

Modern Socialization & Technology Part#1

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What is so wrong with digital socializing today? What happened to the human social interaction? As a professional on web networks, online security and as a parent, I can tell you right now that Social networks Can’t Replace Socializing and the unique person to person human interaction that is so essential.

After hearing that Google is planning to lunch G+ globally, I ask myself don’t we have enough online sharing? Shouldn’t we go back to socializing in person? Isn’t the human social interaction better, real and healthier? These are some of the questions on the minds of many parents and professionals today!

There are many concerns regarding online socializing, sharing and the safety and security of the users while navigating the world wide web. While I agree that, of course, we should keep a balance and do both, would we really ever want to go back to a world without online socializing? A world in which we, for the most part, were limited to interacting with only people that lived in the same small geographical region that we did.

In a world of constant change people do not think or take in consideration the dangers that exist behind the screens and wires across the globe. Parents and children post and share information that they do not realize can be used against them in one way or the other. For this reason, I tell parents that if they allow their children online time on Facebook or another social network out there, to control and be vigilant of what information is shared and with whom, this is crucial to avoid future problems, headaches or a possible tragedy.

An example of this is IDENTITY THEFT. NOT everyone uses these social networks to do harm or commit a crime but the reality is that there are many bad people in the online social networks that use the information you post or share to find out where you live, your name, your habits, the school you go to, or places you visit to their own advantage and wrong doing; for these reason we must make sure our children are safe online.

Our world, and even more importantly, the world of our youth, has completely opened up with the cellular era with advanced communications worldwide today. We meet and get to know people from all parts of the world in a click via wire & wireless networks and communities. We interact with people from different age groups, nationalities, races, religions and geographic areas in ways that would never happen or be possible in real life.

In a new online world full with virtual networks and clouds anywhere and everywhere that permit technology to facilitate so many different things that were unthinkable before but now are at your finger tips with incredible speed, mobility and the power of the Internet, “parents must take the necessary precautions”. Technology is not bad it all, the problem is the wrong use and bad intentions of those that take advantage of it to commit crimes.

There are often networking opportunities or instances to meet your online friends in person, but for this to happen you must make sure you are comfortable with the idea and that the person you are going to meet. Make sure he/she is what they say, they are.

In my case, I’ve attended many online meetings and conferences with people from New York, Argentina, Costa Rica, India and New Jersey where I live. For some of these meetings I’ve traveled long distances to attend. With the correct use of technology, I really do not have to leave the office or home to be present in a meeting any more regardless the distance.

This conduit had permitted me a chance to meet my online friends and business partners without distance limitations and on real-time, many of which I probably never would have been friends or possible to meet with without the power of Internet and social networking.

For this aspect I feel social networking is an excellent tool and very advantageous medium; but if used for the wrong purposes or reasons you could meet the wrong people, and that is where it gets complicated and all the problems begin.

Today we live in different times, the times of digital media; even when I understand we need to embrace socializing online as a new way to share, a tool to do business, and reach networks of friends and family far away across the world; in this new world and like it or not, most of our daily transactions are going to be conducted online in the future, and if you do not upgrade yourself, you could be left behind and considered as an iliteral digital person, if you aren’t already.

Teens spend much time on social networks and video games online; they still socialize in real life everyday but it seems the social interaction is less and less.

When I was a younger boy, I had plenty chances to socializing person to person. I regard those learning experiences as amazing feelings, tremendous joy, which took place before the boom and era of social media networks of today. It is the parent’s responsibility to protect their children, to spending quality time with them, to share and enjoy every moment is crucial for healthier living.

Who don’t remember playing soccer with friends, playing hide and seek with family members, going on a vacation trip with school buddies having tons of fun and enjoying life and living; something I feel parents should tell their children to do more often, besides engaging the experience to make it more enjoyable and beneficial. Maybe it is the people that don’t have experience using social networks that are going to have a hard time and trouble living in a connected world or maybe not.

Do you think that certain technology specifically text messaging make people more social?

A theory assumed is that the insertion of text messaging systems into society as a form of socializing tends to separate people and make them more distant by removing the sense of interaction and personality and instead allow people to interact without repercussions of the standard conversational experience.

Today with new technology and newer phones with new HD cameras, kids tend to text, take pictures and video on the fly and share it over an unsecured line connection where it can be easily intercepted by the wrong people. Kids use technology in a large scale where they assume and take for granted LAN networks, satellites, and wireless connections, just to have an online presence that is shaping their way of living and socializing today; something I tell you to keep an eagle eye for the good of the family and your child.

I say to parents, you must continue to monitor the means and how your children are using technology; like it or not, you must engage and embrace it. This way you will be able to better control, assist and protect your children; besides you can also help the children learn to make better and intelligent choices, decisions and manage the potential overload or threats successfully.

Today more than ever, parents must understand the dangers and challenges our kids face online, and find the help to make down- to-earth strategies to address the unique issues faced by our children who are surrounded by infinite choices — and very few limits on the World Wide Web.

For TICOVISION,

John Bisner Urena

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