By Joseph Marks
Looking ahead: Steven Weber, a political science [and information] professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will preview conclusions from the first year of work by the university’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. Its five-year mission is to game-plan future cybersecurity challenges. One scenario: an economic bust that bankrupts companies such as Google and Facebook, forcing them to sell their customer data to the highest bidder. That flood of data onto the market could drive down global demand for hacking. “No one steals a car from a salvage yard,” Weber said. But if the government determines that the risks of so much personal information being auctioned off are too high, Uncle Sam might have to bail out data owners the way it once rescued Wall Street, Weber speculated. The center will release in April its complete first-year findings.