It's hard to imagine exactly what the information security world would look like in 2038. What can be certain is that threats in cyberspace are increasing.
The 2038 Unix Millennium bug that will drive industry worry on par with Y2K, major shifts in the way security community deals with Internet of Things devices, cryptocurrency, SSL encryption and national security, Mikko Hypponen, a cyber war veteran and the Chief Research Officer of F-Secure pointed out in a presentation at the event.
Among so many threats to all of us, "I am still really concerned about the scale of botnets," Moss told Xinhua. "And the Internet of Things would be the catalyst for software liability," he added. A botnet is a network of infected machines that allow hackers to take control of several computers at a time.
Cyber security has no border. However, there are still lots of challenges for cooperating across different communities when addressing issues of international security and cyberspace. "The international cooperation" is very important, Moss told Xinhua.
Hypponen predicted many upcoming developments: cryptocurrency is dramatically changing the landscape related to how law enforcement will chase the bad guys and follow the money; quantum computing is reaching a point where in the very near future it may pose a threat to SSL encryption; humans are also facing greater risks with the rise of IoT devices.
"In 2009, we didn't even have the Internet of Things ... of course, it's huge now, every device can be connected ... it's in every home," Ping Look, often referred at Black Hat to as the Ping of Death aka "The One You Don't Want to Piss Off (or you will die)", told Xinhua. "The Internet of Things is probably the fastest growing verticle within the information cyber industry right now", she added.
"Our work is not to secure computers, but our work is to secure society," security researcher Hypponen said.