BCG sees citizens pressure governments

Written by Mark Evans

Dr Walter Bohmayr and Dr Stefan Deutscher of the Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Cybersecurity Practice have predicted that citizens will demand of their governments protect cyberspace in the same way that they protect individual’s property rights.

In a set of predictions, the pair see the inevitable rise of attacks on IoT, with people then turning to newer technology (such as artificial intelligence and machine learning) on the defence side, and a counter use of these technologies after a short relief being used by the criminals.

Citizens will then demand cyberspace is protected by their governments, shifting events from the physical to virtual. Indeed cyberattacks could be used to explain real-world events, like the outcome of elections or to justify physical conflict from focused military strikes to outright war.