Human life will keep on evolving and so will be the cyber security world. We are today surrounded by the technologies those we used to dream or watch in the sci-fi movies. Similarly, the unforeseen threats of the past are today's top challenges. Innovation is happening on both the sides which is quite natural. Afterall, we are living in a world of duality so every good is meant to have its dark side as well.
Life transformation and technology innovation are the factors behind the very existence of cyber security threats, but at the same time, rising social imbalance across the societies, economy concentration and the political power-plays are the major driving forces to it.
Threats to systems, applications, mobile apps, ICS, IoTs are the things of the past, we have already studied many real-world case studies. Be it Windows, Android, Apple, or whatever, everything is meant to be hacked. Worms, Malware, APT, Ransom-ware are new terms for the old threats. Cyber espionage for political, economic, social, defense and industrial gains has become a common game of today, and will continue forever.
We have already entered into the machine era where our conscious resides longer in the devices than our physical body. A lot of work is still happening in the space of nano-technology to make these devices become our body accessories and eventually organs. Wearable glasses, watches already exist making it possible to wear, wave hand and say "Aabra-Ka-Dabra" to take down the critical systems. It will be even more magical as we evolve, may be in the blink of an eye. There are technologies like TDCS and TENS already into existence to be able to change our mood and we will soon be able to hack the human consciousness remotely.
Smart cities of the future are still being developed, we are yet to see a perfect smart city and a deadly cyber attack will also certainly be seen along with. Self-driving cars have started riding us and car hacking has already been demonstrated which can easily be utilized for abducting or contract killing to eventually become part of the future case-studies.
Self-flying planes (drones) are heavily in use and they will soon ride us as well. Again, drone hacking is not a new subject for us and there are 'n' number of possibilities for criminal minds. Robots have been developed and perfect robots are yet to arrive, followed by the humanoids who will live with us, work for us, many of us will even fall in love with them. Its not so difficult to imagine the possibilities by hacking the robots or humanoids.
Human brain has already been partially developed and is not yet out for hackers to try their hands at it. We are soon to be converted into immortal cyborgs, it may take another generation but it has to become reality some day and further increase the possibilities in the cyber security research. Artificial intelligence will evolve into super-intelligence in next few decades and it will be an uncontrolled war-game then, but by that time we possibly might not be there to play it.
Are we really prepared to protect, what we are busy developing? Perhaps not, because innovation can never be perfect from all the aspects. Every innovation has direct or indirect, short-term or long-term side effects. At the same time, human race has to keep evolving in order to achieve the goal of its existence and once that goal is achieved, it will be a perfect world with the silence and peace all over.