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The Next Data Tigers

Predicting Global Data Center Hotspots

Research Report

In 2018, the team produced an analysis of the factors influencing the rise of new global data powers (data tigers) and identified which countries are likely to emerge as major players in this landscape. The team created a Data Tiger Probability Index that scored and evaluated 162 countries for their global data hub capacities.

To make this index, students examined elements of systemic cybersecurity risk, researched nine country case studies, and reverse–engineered the attributes that made Ireland a technology hub. In a second GRG report for Microsoft, a team used financial systemic risk as an analogy for a hypothetical systemic cybersecurity risk regime. The report addressed how cybersecurity may be defined and analyzed in terms of risk and identified high-risk institutions and countries as well as mitigation strategies.

The Next Data Tigers: Predicting Global Data Center Hotspots

Faculty Lead


Jessica L. Beyer

Assistant Teaching Professor

Senior Research Fellows

  • Allison Anderson
  • Alexander Wirth

Research Fellows

  • Conor Cunningham
  • Cynthia Hannon
  • Mariam Malik
  • Rachel Paik
  • Rishi Paramesh
  • Heidi Samford
  • Kunat Sangcharoenvanakul
  • Sarah Sanguinet
  • Alison Wattles



Microsoft - Global Security Strategy & Diplomacy

This publication was made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.