Many high tech immigrants are like the ‘underdogs’ that Malcolm Gladwell writes about in David and Goliath. They not only survive—they thrive—when faced with adversity. Sergey Brin co-founded Google and Jan Koum co-founded WhatsApp (now Facebook), after immigrating under pressure from Russia and Ukraine, respectively. But do their origins represent potential vulnerabilities that could threaten U.S. cyber security?
We are a country built on immigrants. But today, are there more potential risks? With the incredible fortunes and intellectual property now residing in Silicon Valley, and the pervasiveness of hacking and cyber crime, what risky implications does this have for honest immigrants pressured from back home? Imagine deeply connected engineers being exploited—not in the U.S., but through their ties in the countries from where they came. Countries where the U.S. does not have law enforcement reciprocity.
For example, do you think Vladimir Putin would be upset if stealth forces in his country forced valuable IP from successful Russian immigrants in the U.S. . . . ?
But wait, I can’t say any more. I don’t want to steal thunder from The Big Disrupter.