Experts predict cybersecurity trends for 2031 

06.12.2021

What will the cybersecurity space look like in 10 years’ time, and what challenges will the industry face? These are fascinating questions to ponder, especially in relation to such a rapidly evolving sector.  

 

A recent SecurityIntelligence article attempts to provide a few answers, or at least some predictions. The IT security analysis hub spoke to a number of industry experts, to see what they thought the biggest trends in cybersecurity would be in 2031.  

 

Blockchain and p2p could overshadow cloud computing  

 

One of the major predictions by author and former Defence Intelligence Agency officer Tyler Cohen Wood is that cloud computing could wane in popularity.  

 

This may come as a surprise to many, as the cloud is faster, easier and cheaper than nearly everything that came before it. But it does have a fatal flaw – the increasingly availability of ever cheaper cloud computing and ‘smart’ services means an increased risk of exposure.  

 

So, what’s the alternative? If you’ve been keeping an eye on the exploding cryptocurrency market, the answer is staring you right in the face – blockchain. Cohen Wood envisages a p2p system similar to the one the intelligence community uses, offering maximum security. She told SecurityIntelligence: 

 

“I don’t think things will be in the cloud in 10 years; I think things will be back to on-prem. There will be more peer-to-peer closed networks. People will figure out how to use blockchain.” 

 

AI and cybersecurity 

 

That AI will play a prominent role in the future of cybersecurity is a sure bet. But it could be even more critical than most industry professionals imagine.  

 

According to the experts, it could become the only true weapon against increasingly sophisticated threats. The self-described ‘Data-Driven Defense Evangelist’ and author Roger Grimes explains: 

 

“You’re going to end up having these good threat hunting bots going against bad bots that are changing on the fly depending on the conditions,”  

 

“I think you’ll have computer security algorithms where people sit around and create better algorithms for their particular bots. It’s eventually going to be bot versus bot.” 

 

Passwords are sticking around 

 

You’d think by the year 2031 we’d have moved passed the humble – and eminently crackable – password. The tech industry has been moving towards biometrics for a number of years now, but not all experts believe the traditional password as we know it is dead. According to Grimes: 

 

“There are 10 root causes of all hacking and malware exploitation, including social engineering, unpatched software, misconfiguration and eavesdropping,”  

 

“The methods used 34 years ago (when I started in the industry) are the same methods used today. They haven’t invented a new way of hacking. So, I believe that passwords will be around at least another 10 years, or two decades, or forever.” 

 

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