A new report created by University of Oxford researchers, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and sponsored by AXIS Capital, looks into the current cybersecurity challenges faced by business leaders and the international community.
The report identifies the systemic risks from next generation technologies – technologies that will increasingly form the bedrock of the global digital economy. Oxford researchers concluded in the report that emerging cybersecurity risks “will not be a simple continuation of current challenges,” and that incremental progress will not be enough to address these issues.
The university researchers recommended a three-way action plan to address future cyber risks:
“The research points to the likelihood of systemic cyber-risks, and a potential cyber-resilience deficit if no action is taken,” said University of Oxford professor Sadie Creese. “It is important that organizations can confidently embrace new technologies and the benefits they bring, and that will involve a number of cybersecurity challenges to be met.”
“The dynamics of cybersecurity are changing,” said WEF cybersecurity lead Will Dixon.
Dixon added that, broadly speaking, the world has been tackling cybersecurity the same way for the last 15 years. But the same approach will not work every time, thanks to criminals exploiting emerging technologies and the global economy’s growing interconnectivity, the cybersecurity expert said.
“AXIS is proud to continue our longstanding support of Oxford’s Department of Computer Science by sponsoring forward-looking research in the cyber landscape,” said AXIS Insurance global head of cyber and technology Dan Trueman. “It is vital to understand emerging risks in cybersecurity and data privacy as we usher in a new generation of technology.”