FiRe 2019 Speaker Spotlight
Harri Hursti is among the world's leading security authorities in elections, critical infrastructure, and network systems.
After founding his first company at 13, he went on to co-found EUnet-Finland, the first commercial, public email, and online forum in Scandinavia. By the '90s, EUnet had become Europe's leading ISP. Eventually, it was acquired by Qwest Communications, where Harri went on to serve in several senior-level positions. He was also a co-founder of ROMmon (later acquired by F-Secure Corp.), a network monitoring appliance vendor. There he developed the first ultra-high bandwidth realtime network traffic analyzer.
Despite his frighteningly impressive entrepreneurial track record, Harri is best-known for his elections research and ethical hacking, through which he has uncovered critical problems in electronic voting systems worldwide at the request of officials, legislators, and policymakers in five countries, including the US.
Harri worked with elections officials in Leon County, Florida, and Emery County, Utah, to successfully hack the voting machines of Diebold Election Systems, ultimately altering final voting results without any passwords, cryptographic keys, or access to any part of the voting system other than the memory card. The hacks, which became widely known as the Hursti Hacks, prompted California's secretary of state to commission a special report by UC Berkeley scientists confirming the validity of his work, which was turned into an Emmy-nominated HBO documentary, Hacking Democracy. We're delighted to welcome Harri to the stage at Future in Review 2019 for a conversation about global elections security.
Publisher's Note: Everyone knows that AI in the Cloud is perhaps the hottest subject in enterprise computing today - certainly it represents the differentiation feature leverage against the largest spend in the IT world. But what is it, how large is it, how fast is it growing, and what will it become as it matures?
Whether one is looking at the energy and heat restrictions on cloud-compute density and speed, or IoT and edge in local computing as the fast-growth part of the AI story, or how new megasystems will themselves learn, evolve, and learn to evolve, or the math that guides the future of AI - well, you would ask global experts in all of these areas.
So, at FiRe last year, this is exactly what we did. And to make sure the conversation was smart, fast, and to the point, we asked BBC senior reporter Ed Butler to moderate. The result is one of the best condensed discussions of all of the above related subjects. If your team or company depends upon cloud, you'll want to read this week's discussion. - mra
Photos 2018 Future in Review
L-R: Ed Butler, Elena Eneva, David Binger, Steve Coy, and Murray Cantor
Ed Butler: AI in the Cloud - this is our theme today. We've had a long conversation about this beforehand, and all of us have slightly different views on what we think it's going to lead us towards talking about. But I think it's coherent; I hope you'll agree.
Broadly speaking, of course, both are huge areas of investment right now. I've checked out a few numbers online. I don't know how trustworthy they are, but the global AI market [will be] worth about $60 billion by 2020, with one projection. It's almost there now; we're getting very close. Public cloud industry: worth about $200 billion right now. Both ... will be growing by multiples in the next 5 to 10 years.
So it's a huge, gigantic area, and the extent to which the cloud, of course, is where AI is and should be is, I think, going to be part of our conversation....