mi2g is honoured to celebrate its tenth birthday and marks the occasion by naming the Global Big-10 interlinked risks and opportunities of the 21st century identified by the mi2g Intelligence Unit: climate chaos, radical poverty, organised crime, extremism, informatics, nanotechnology, robotics, genetics, artificial intelligence and financial systems. mi2g takes this opportunity to thank our friends, strategic allies and partners for helping us to evolve and to consolidate our presence in the bespoke security architecture and global risk management arena.
We also thank independent supporters and contributors to our philanthropic initiative ATCA — The Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance — run by the mi2g Intelligence Unit, which conducts collective dialogue on opportunities and threats arising from the Global Big-10 risks and opportunities. ATCA includes members from the House of Lords, House of Commons, European Parliament, US Congress & Senate, G10´s Senior Government officials and over 500 CEOs from banking, insurance, computing, defence and academia. ATCA reaches over 5,000 key decision makers worldwide as of early 2006.
The Global Big-10 risks and opportunities of the 21st century, depend on ´Disruptive Innovation´ to address and to begin to resolve some of the seemingly intractable yet interlinked confrontations. As those inherent confrontations accelerate and feed off each other´s momentum they possess the capability to damage and to disrupt the delicate global dynamic equilibrium. Faced with this unpalatable prospect for humanity in the coming two to three decades or less, it is necessary to rethink strategically, which is the main aim of the global strategic dialogue established by mi2g through ATCA and mi2g´s disruptive innovations such as D2-Banking.
The House of Lords & British Institute of Energy Economics
The Lord Howell of Guildford, President of the British Institute of Energy Economics and Deputy Leader of the Opposition at the House of Lords said, “I do regard mi2g as an organisation really slicing into the future in a profound and super-relevant way. And the ATCA platform is an absolutely invaluable window into what is really happening in the world, far ahead of most of the media and the majority of other intelligence information sources.”
British American Security Information Council
On the occasion of mi2g´s 10th anniversary, Dr Ian Davis, the Executive Director of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) and one of the ATCA ´Inaugural Session´ speakers said, “The last 10 years have been critical for global risk and international security management. mi2g and its chairman DK Matai have played a leading role in presenting the key issues to those who form opinion on both sides of the Atlantic. They will no doubt continue to make a valuable contribution in the next decade.”
The Centre for Security Studies
On the occasion of mi2g´s 10th anniversary, Dr Victor Mauer, Deputy Director and Head of Research at The Centre for Security Studies, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, said, “My warm congratulations go to mi2g and in particular to its Chairman, DK Matai, for what they have achieved with foresightedness, hard work, and true dedication in such a short period of time. In addition, I wish to acknowledge the value of the analyses of ATCA – The Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance – with DK Matai as its driving force.”
The Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation
“I wish to congratulate mi2g and its Chairman, DK Matai,” said Rudi Bogni, Chairman of Medinvest, one of the ATCA ´Inaugural Session´ speakers and member of the Governing Council of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) in the City of London. “on ten years of unwavering commitment to the prevention of the most damaging silent crime, digital crime.”
“mi2g´s effort in establishing and supporting ATCA through to the building of awareness of the asymmetric nature of 21st century nihilism, whether dressed up in religious, political or sectarian clothes, is remarkable.”
“DK Matai has recognised that humanism and solidarity must today be built on solid new technology, but also rest on the old, well-tested values of truth, rational analysis, debate and their unerring pursuit.”
The Institute of Directors
Over the last decade, mi2g has been sharing its research with the Institute of Directors which brings together as its members, the CEOs and directors of large as well as small businesses in the UK.
Professor Jim Norton, senior policy adviser at the UK Institute of Directors said, “I congratulate mi2g on their consistent record of worldwide and courageous ´thought leadership´ on digital risks over the last ten years. Their analysis and insight is second to none and their call for a collective global response to the new security challenges is both welcome and timely. I particularly welcome mi2g´s ATCA initiative in providing a forum for insightful and reasoned debate on key global developments and threats. I wish the mi2g team all the very best for this anniversary and into the future.”
Prof Norton is the former head of the UK Cabinet Office PIU eCommerce team. In the last ten years, the mi2g digital risk management research, methodology and bespoke security architecture techniques have been adopted by major players in financial services – on both sides of the Atlantic – and government agencies.
The Institute of Economic Affairs
On the occasion of mi2g´s 10th anniversary, John Blundell, General Director, Institute of Economic Affairs, said, “DK is one of the most brilliant cutting-edge original thinkers of his generation. He will certainly not get a small footnote in our history books.”
The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
“Being plugged into the very impressive mi2g network has been extremely valuable to me in our efforts to heighten the awareness of SMEs to the risks they face in the digital age,” said Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the largest business organisation in the UK Capital with the majority of its members in the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. “The lack of risk awareness amongst SMEs, even after the bombings in London last year, is a danger not only to themselves but to the whole of London´s economy as they are a crucial part of the business supply chain. I look forward to working with DK Matai and his colleagues in the future in order to reduce this lack of awareness.”
The Oxford Internet Institute
mi2g is collaborating with The Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford, in creating a world class forum — The Industrial Lecture Series — where decision makers from industry meet with leading academics to discuss global issues and set their strategic agenda. The OII is one of the world´s first truly multi-disciplinary Internet institutes based in a major university. Devoted to the study of the societal implications of the Internet, the OII seeks to shape research, policy and practice in the UK, Europe and around the world.
“Congratulations to mi2g on your zeal in connecting philanthropists and business leaders within key sectors to address some of the most critical issues confronting our hopes of a truly global information society,” said Professor Bill Dutton, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute.
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
mi2g´s Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance (ATCA) and The Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York are working together on a philanthropic basis to accelerate global climate chaos awareness and defensive actions in North America, Europe and Asia by highlighting the attendant responsibilities at the executive decision-making level amongst key stake holders.
“Warm congratulations to mi2g and DK Matai for ten years of service to causes of global concern. We look forward to a growing partnership over the next ten,” said Michael Northrop, Director, Sustainable Development Grant Making Program, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
The Shirley Foundation
mi2g is increasingly active in global philanthropic activities with The Shirley Foundation, primarily in the fields of autism and IT. Their policy is to give significant support to pioneering projects with a strategic impact, especially those that can extend the boundaries of knowledge, understanding and best practice.
Dame Stephanie Shirley, Founder and Life President, Xansa plc, said “Congratulations to mi2g and thanks for your charitable support to the ´Autism Speaks´ global alliance to find the causes of autism and halve its global cost. ”
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
On the occasion of mi2g´s 10th anniversary, Rowena Young, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship based at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, said, “ATCA is a real add because it recognises that the complexity of modern life has changed the rules of the game. This forum is one of the few to cultivate the outlook and the mindset to develop relevant responses to the challenges we face now – whether climate change or terrorism. Without diminishing the contributions of its many thoughtful and expert members, DK Matai´s personal commitment and animating enthusiasm explains a large part of its success.”
The Trilateral Commission
On the occasion of mi2g´s 10th anniversary, Hervй de Carmoy, Vice-Chairman for Europe at the Trilateral Commission said, “Congratulations to DK Matai for his contributions to a better world: mi2g, ATCA, The Philanthropia Trinity are building blocks of light and hope. By bonding us through values and action he is urging leaders in all spheres of human endeavour to engage and achieve results.”
On the occasion of mi2g´s 10th birthday, John Wood, Chairman of Trilateral Group — founding shareholders of mi2g — said, “In one short decade mi2g has positioned itself at the forefront of those thinking through the meaning of the complex problems and the totally new order of opportunities presented by the emerging knowledge society, and has created sophisticated applications to minimise the former and maximise the latter.”
The Trinity Forum
Ambassador Alonzo McDonald, Founding Chairman of The Trinity Forum, said, “The Trinity Forum is pleased to share the highest standards of moral and ethical values with DK Matai and mi2g on the celebration of that firm´s tenth birthday anniversary. As a lay outreach program for secular leaders open to strengthen the spiritual dimensions in their lives, The Trinity Forum identifies closely on this memorable occasion with mi2g´s concerns for international security in all its dimensions and Mr Matai´s charitable work with The Philanthropia Trinity and Shirley Foundation on behalf of improving the shared moral values of all humankind, the ultimate foundation block for global security and peace.”
“We greatly appreciate mi2g´s valuable and wide-ranging co-operation and advice over the last three years, specially in relation to Asymmetric Threats, Internet, ICT, biotech, nanotech, robotics, manufacturing and related security & tech developments,” said Prof Prabhu Guptara, Executive Director, Organisation Development, Wolfsberg, the platform for executive and business development. “In 2006, we look forward to working closely with DK Matai also on Wolfsberg´s additional focus this year: the economic, financial business, IT, technological and knowledge-related opportunities represented by India.” Wolfsberg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UBS, a world leading Swiss financial services group.
The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
“My heartiest congratulations to mi2g and its founder DK Matai on achieving ten years of success in digital risk and security management. These are matters of concern to the City of London´s Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and are embraced as featured topics in our current seminar series,” said John Leighfield, Master, Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) in the City of London.
Geoffrey Hancock, founder of the MEC Group of companies and co-founder of mi2g, said, “We celebrate mi2g´s 10th birthday with a sense of achievement. ATCA seeks to expand awareness that the asymmetric threat to business continuity is but a small part of the international political scenario with particular reference to terrorism and organised crime. The message which emerges from mi2g intelligence activities is that governments, academia, the financial sector and corporates alike have a common interest in pooling their analysis and understanding of these issues.”
The mi2g Contingency Capability Radar (CCR) is considered particularly suitable in preparing for man-made and natural threats to business continuity whilst the Digital Risk Matrix (DRM) is deployed in preparation for sustained digital attacks.
Rear Admiral John Hilton
Rear Admiral John Hilton, Director, mi2g said, “I have been associated with mi2g since its early days and have been very impressed to watch it rapidly evolve into its present position as one of the world leaders in information security and asymmetric warfare issues. In particular, the quality of the contributions to the Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance (ATCA) network, hosted by mi2g´s Intelligence Unit, is quite outstanding. I congratulate mi2g on its tenth birthday and wish all those involved with the company many happy, exciting and prosperous years ahead.”
“We are blessed with excellent pedigree and track record and through that winning combination, our teams are inspired to invent and innovate. The ATCA platform is one example and D2-Banking another. Before the end of this decade we aim to offer the convenience and guaranteed security of one stop holistic banking,” said DK Matai, Executive Chairman, mi2g. “This second generation data custody and digital – “D2″ – banking is set to be second nature to its users as they enjoy the ability to store and access digital valuables and finances from anywhere at anytime without fear of being hacked or plagued by malicious software. The current situation of global malware epidemics, phishing scams and spam campaigns is forcing tectonic shifts in the digital eco-system. Tackling the Global Big-10 affords other opportunities for mi2g´s disruptive inventions and innovations as well.”
The last three years have been momentous in mi2g´s history having won the Queen´s Award for enterprise in the category of Innovation and for launching the D2 Banking holistic initiative for guaranteed data vaulting and digital banking services.