Auld Lang Syne – Ancient Techtarget Article

Someone on Twitter just flagged an article that I’d long ago forgotten.

“Future of cybersec from 2002: @dharleyatESET got a lot right bit.ly/2tvBApv #infosec #cybersecurity #CISO #NHS #Ransomware #Malware

Well, to save you following that Bitly URL, it actually links to this: Predicting the future of malware and tomorrow’s malicious code. Which was actually for a special issue of Information Security Magazine.

Back in the days when I sometimes let myself be decoyed into contributing to one of those end-of-the-year-pointless-security predictions posts, the idea often came up that we should look back in hunger^H^H^H^H and do a follow-up post on ‘How well did we do?’ Happily, no-one has asked me to get into all that for years: I suppose there must be some advantages to being a grumpy old man after all. Though I’m not sure whether it’s fear of my curmudgeonly ways or the assumption that I’m too old and daft to know or care what’s ahead.

Anyway, it’s a bit of a relief to know that I managed not to make a complete idiot of myself all that way back. But on the whole, I think I’ll continue to pay attention to Daniel Delbert McCracken’s advice and decline to make predictions that can be checked in my lifetime. (HT to Rob Slade for sharing that advice with me, years ago… And to Bruce of course, for reminding me of the article.)

My next article here will be about how ransomware will have evolved in 2070.

David Harley

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About David Harley

Computer Security Author/Editor; Independent Antimalware Researcher; CEO at Small Blue-Green World; Senior Research Fellow at ESET.
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