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Jun 11, 2018

Ashwin Krishnan is a technology expert with over two decades of experience in cybersecurity and cloud technologies.

Formerly Senior Vice President of Products and Strategy at HyTrust, a late stage security startup, Ashwin is now a reformed high tech executive turned freelance Cyber Moralist and Tech Demystifier.

He is the host of The Moral Compass Podcast, and a regular columnist for, ITSPMagazine, ThriveGlobal and Qrius. He also contributes to publications such as,,,,,, and, and is further quoted in publications including, DigitalGuardian,,, EnterpriseProject, MRC  and

A recognized thought leader, his speaking engagements have included the Mobile World Congress, CSA World Congress, ISACA,RSA Security Conference, VMWorld, Telecom Industry Association, and Product Camp Silicon Valley.

In our eye-opening discussion with Ashwin, he sheds light on the impact of cybersecurity on our day-to-day lives and our businesses. Massive amounts of data are being collected and stored – how is it being protected and used? Who is responsible if/when things go wrong? Ashwin addresses these questions and more, as we delve into the complex world of technology, artificial intelligence and automation.

We are getting there faster than most realize. Whether you are a small business owner, an industry leader, or simply a consumer in today’s society, this episode will enlighten and engage you in an important conversation about the morality and ethics of cybersecurity and what it means to us today.

Key Takeaways

  1. We are at the cusp of something dramatic. We have gotten to where we’re at by the efforts of humans. Now, humans are being outpaced by machines, however they lack fundamental human concepts of ethics and moral values.
  2. A lot of research is being done on cyber morality and its impact, but it’s not yet translating into the business world.
  3. Twitter can already predict the onset of depression based on the words you use repeatedly. The question is, “What they do with that information? Who do they inform?”
  4. It is getting easier to manufacture numbers of followers. Which begs the question, “If my competitors are doing it, should I or shouldn’t I?”
  5. There are 3 stages of Artificial Intelligence: Data insights, Prediction, and Action. The morale framework needs to be applied at all stages.
  6. At what point goes a human need to step in to make the right decision? The problem is the amount of data – it will be impossible.
  7. We’re getting there faster than people realize. Uber is going towards driverless vehicles and trucks. An important question to ask is, “What biases are getting built into autonomous vehicles?”
  8. Small companies need to pay attention to the information they are collecting and storing and how the data is being put into application. They can use a 3rd party, but who will ultimately be accountable if something goes wrong?


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