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Future scenarios and challenges for security and privacy

Williams, Meredydd, Axon, Louise, Nurse, Jason R. C., Creese, Sadie (2016) Future scenarios and challenges for security and privacy. In: IEEE 2nd International Forum on Research and Technologies for Society and Industry Leveraging a better tomorrow (RTSI), Bologna, Italy. (doi:10.1109/RTSI.2016.7740625)

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Over the past half-century, technology has evolved beyond our wildest dreams. However, while the benefits of technological growth are undeniable, the nascent Internet did not anticipate the online threats we routinely encounter and the harms which can result. As our world becomes increasingly connected, it is critical we consider what implications current and future technologies have for security and privacy. We approach this challenge by surveying 30 predictions across industry, academia and international organisations to extract a number of common themes. Through this, we distill 10 emerging scenarios and reflect on the impact these might have on a range of stakeholders. Considering gaps in best practice and requirements for further research, we explore how security and privacy might evolve over the next decade. We find that existing guidelines both fail to consider the relationships between stakeholders and do not address the novel risks from wearable devices and insider threats. Our approach rigorously analyses emerging scenarios and suggests future improvements, of crucial importance as we look to pre-empt new technological threats.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/RTSI.2016.7740625
Uncontrolled keywords: security; industries; privacy; stakeholders; government; big data
Subjects: Q Science
T Technology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Security Group
Depositing User: Jason Nurse
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 14:30 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2019 19:08 UTC
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