I have studied countless articles involving cybersecurity in the 21st century, and one night, it made me start thinking about all the decisions that are being made. What type of future will we have based on the choices now? Here is one theory to ponder:
If you think society is dependent on the Internet today, consider what will happen in ten or fifteen more years. Several countries around the world will increase their technological growth by unbelievable numbers. I even read somewhere awhile back that there will be around 5 billion Internet users within the next decade. Primarily this will increase due to the Middle East becoming more technologically savvy.
For instance, places like Algeria and Cameroon could see their Internet users increase by 300% to 1000%. However, this data is not only considering laptops and PC usage, but also smartphones. It’s a necessity to stay connected in today’s world, and smartphones give us the opportunity to do so twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
The Younger Generation
We have a son who is 16 years old, and watching him run through various technological data is a bit mind boggling. When he hops on the Internet it looks like I’m watching Harold Wren from the Person of Interest television series. In a couple years he will be off to college, and his future will revolve around computers and Internet data.
While our son is just one young man, growing countries like Guatemala, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia will see a spike in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduates. According to reliable sources, this increase could be as much as 250%. In addition, these same societies will produce more working adults to retirees by a 3:2 ratio. Why is this important?
The digital age is upon us, and it’s a safe guess that most people over the age of 65 don’t really know “how” to use the Internet. Sure, a small percentage might hop on Facebook, but the majority of retirees won’t ever learn the modern day Internet. It will be up to young adults to bring us into the next chapter of technology as we know it.
Impacting each Country
The capabilities of the Internet today and ten years from now will produce better economies in these slow-growing countries. We are already seeing it occur, but not nearly at the magnitude it will be in 2030. The growth process will be similar to how smartphones to the world by storm; one night we’re talking about it, the next night 75% to 80% of society will have the blueprint to our new society.
The Potential Risk
There are several positives associated with a new era of society, but we also have to consider the risks. The more in-tune people become with their personal information in the iCloud, the more important it will be to utilize the proper cybersecurity; even if it’s on a smaller scale.
There is no guarantee this will take place in the next decade, but you can bet our cybersecurity measures will increase due to the change.