What will cybersecurity look like in 2066?
What will cybersecurity look like in 2066?

Exam essays written by the class of '66 – 2066 that is – would make fascinating reading if we could see them today – but with some wit and imagination, we are sure SC readers could give us a taste of what we might be missing

Frankly we liked the FT newspaper's history exam for students graduating in 2066 so much that we've ‘borrowed' the idea for SC readers.

What might a 2066 ‘Cyber Security History' exam paper look like, and what answers would we get to issues we can only guess at?  

Readers are invited to answer any of the questions below, and send their answers to max.metzger@haymarket.com.

The most interesting essays will be published in SCMediaUK.com

There is no fee paid. The deadline is January 1st 2017 and the maximum word count is 800 words. Extrapolation from current knowledge will require imagination to fill in the gaps, including reference to events that have not yet happened.  So, imagine yourself as a student in 2066, and choose your exam question:

Section 1:  Cyber-crime

1) Given that Cyber-crime globally overtook physical crime by 2020, why did it take until 2030 for online competence to be a requirement for law enforcement officers?

2) What was the key development that broke up the global cyber-crime gangs of the 2020s and what would the likely result be today if this had not happened?

3) Which legal development has had the biggest impact on the cyber-crime landscape?

4) Which technological development has had the biggest impact on the cyber-crime landscape?

5) What would you say was the biggest cyber crime this century and how was it achieved?

6) If fingerprinting was such a success for crime detection in the 20th Century, why was there such a backlash against the introduction of biometric profiling in the 21st Century?

Section 2:  Technology and Policy

1) In what year did AI overtake human capacity in decision-making, and why was cyber security such an early adopter in implementing AI decision-making?

2) How did Quantum computing contribute to information security?

3) In retrospect, was it a mistake to make all technology internet enabled?

4) From a security perspective, what have been the biggest problems caused by taking human drivers out of transportation?

5) How come nation states fell behind criminals to the extent that countries could be brought down by DDoS attacks?

6) When CyberCorp was eventually found to have achieved global dominance on the basis of stealing its IP from all its rivals, what should the authorities have done, why were they so ineffective, and what might have prevented this scenario?

7) In whose interests would you now say that technology is currently operating, and in what ways (positive or negative) has information security, privacy, or its lack contributed?

Section 3: Data & Privacy

1) What was the key factor that re-established trust in online data collection following the 2018 breach of every online citizens' data?

2) Who now controls access to global personal data, and what are the criteria that allow access?

3)  To what extent did the UK Investigatory Powers bill of 2016 lead to the rise of dictatorships around the world a decade later?

4)  One hundred years after the Bolshevik Communist revolution in 1917 we had the Trump revolution of 2017 – compare and contrast the role of surveillance and data collection on enemies, potential enemies and citizens by each regime.

5) Did concern about the rise of online-enabled terrorism earlier this century justify the subsequent approach to civil liberties online?

6) Is anything truly secret today? What has been the impact of social media on personal privacy, both actual and attitudes.

Section 4: Cyberwarfare & Politics

1)Which conflict would you describe as the first true cyber-war, where the impact of cyber-weapons exceeded that of kinetic weapons, and what were the key developments that made you choose this conflict?

2)How would you describe the legacy of President Donald Trump of the US (2017- 2027), in particular regarding his approach to offensive and defensive cyber-security, in comparison to that of Russia and China in the same period?

3) Has the era of pervasive internet access been a net contributor or detractor from political stability in Europe over the past 50 years?

4) Is Hacker a term that has any relevance today?

5) Cyber-enabled attacks gave rise to asymmetric warfare – has this redressed the balance of power for smaller countries or just enabled terrorists?

6) Which country or entity would you say has the strongest cyber-offensive capabilities today and why?