Executive Committee Chairman Tortola Breida Institute Co-founder of the National AI & Cybersecurity ISAO.
The Metaverse is still in its infancy, but don’t limit it to just a gaming platform (second life, world of warcraft, roblox) You may experience this today too. Let’s think further. Just imagine! We combine our imaginations to build it.
The Metaverse is a new way to interact with friends, family, and strangers (natural and man-made). A new way to work, study and play. We can shop, explore, travel, do business, attend concerts, attend social gatherings, participate in virtual sports, and more, all without being restricted by geography.can be done virtually Join the NFL’s top team Or join a soccer team like Barcelona FC and play as a member of the team in a realistic and immersive VR setting.
This idea is even bigger. I believe that the Metaverse will eventually replace the Internet as we know it. Your daily work will one day be done on this new medium. Anything that exists in physical reality can be experienced in the Metaverse, and anything that is imaginary can be woven into the fabric of a VR world.
Metaverse and its impact on cybersecurity
As a user, Metaverse helps you avoid bias and discrimination through anonymity. On the other hand, we are concerned that we may not be able to easily ascertain another person’s true identity or intentions. This could quickly become a haven for cybercriminals.
The Metaverse, as currently envisioned, is a land in the middle of nowhere, where laws may or may not exist. How do we legislate virtual worlds? Should we apply the rules of where our data centers are? Laws of where our users physically reside? Cybercriminals, perverts, and haters in the metaverse? Speech, how do you police bullies?
The risks and consequences of this are enormous. Vulnerability is deep and fundamental, both technical and human. As cybersecurity professionals and members of society as a whole, we must proactively participate in the development of standards and frameworks and incorporate cyber into the fabric of software architectures, rather than just waiting for them to be adopted. We need to be fully committed to building in security from the ground up. Band-aid if it’s too late.
One of the most significant concerns is identity theft and social engineering. Metaverse allows users to create avatars that look, sound, and act like the person they want to impersonate. This is already being done through video conferencing. This makes it easy for cybercriminals to hack your account and steal your girlfriend’s identity, putting your Metaverse wallet (as well as your credit cards and bank accounts) at risk. This is one of the biggest problems to solve because we need trust to grow.
User data on the metaverse can be very rich. Adversaries can capture not only behavioral information, but also political and social preferences and biometric data. Malware and ransomware will piggyback on this new vector and grow.
non-profit advocacy organization SumOfUs Regarding the issue, he described the Metaverse as “another cesspool of toxic substances.” harassment. This group is right to raise awareness about this issue. We’re already seeing a lot of harmful behavior on regular social media, with people’s cries expressed in innocent capital letters. But imagine how it would feel in an immersive, realistic environment. Also consider that metaverse wearables may be exposed to threats from cyber operational technologies. That means people can hack into your device and cause physical harm.
What can you do?
User authentication should be implemented in the most robust way possible. Biometrics must be combined with multi-factor authentication and blockchain technology. A good example of this new approach was developed as follows. TS2 space In Poland.
The creation, development, and implementation of standardized protocols requires a multi-stakeholder approach. At this point, these are still considered to be in their early stages. IEEE We argue that standards and interoperability are the foundation for making the metaverse a reality.
The threat of physical harm cannot be overstated, so operational technology needs to be better protected than it is today.
Data encryption is the cornerstone of security, and the metaverse must be built with post-quantum encryption in mind, as the threat of quantum computing to encryption becomes more pressing.
And cybersecurity awareness needs to be instilled, especially among vulnerable groups who are not tech-savvy. The metaverse creates new social engineering phishing variant vectors.
Virtual world security
This must be a bilateral effort. Governments and Big Tech need to come together and coordinate public-private partnerships to police this new digital reality.
If a crime occurs in the Metaverse, it is unclear which legal system or state will have jurisdiction over the case. Addressing these complexities will require international legislative efforts.
I’m sure many of us have encountered first-person incidents on social media and felt like companies were letting hackers slip through the net and pretending to be wolves in sheep’s clothing. the study This is the norm and they come in droves to interact with innocent users.
of european union A bill to regulate the Metaverse is under consideration. interpol is becoming more active in this area, and the World Economic Forum is leading some great initiatives. We hope that coordination between stakeholders will improve, but all this will take time to achieve.
Law enforcement officers will need to work with Metaverse platform owners to adapt to the use of VR, learn how to respond to emergencies online, and become accustomed to the virtual “beat.” End-user behavioral analysis could be adapted to leverage her AI to help police identify risky behavior. There is no doubt that AI will play a major role in the future of online law enforcement.
It is unclear how this will play out. We are talking about creating, legislating, and policing parallel worlds. This is the result of enormous human ingenuity. However, ensuring the Metaverse is a safe, stimulating, and effective space for everyone requires everyone’s contribution to this difficult challenge, so start thinking about these issues now and create new Building international partnerships is essential.