Future Series: Cybercrime 2025

Future Series: Cybercrime 2025 is a joint program of work with the University of Oxford - Oxford Martin School.

The Challenge

The World Economic Forum recognises that Cybersecurity is one of the most strategically important issues facing the world today, and has in recent years consistently ranked disruptions from cyberattacks as the most significant risk facing business and government leadership.

The current systemic challenges within the security ecosystem in building collective resilience, and addressing security strategic issues including collection deterrence, incentivising new capabilities and the global skills shortage the system needs will be hugely impacted by the major technology waves of the near future.

The unprecedented technological change driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its major waves of Artificial Intelligence, Ubiquitous Connectivity, Quantum Techology and Digital Identity have the potential to unlock transformative global value into the ecosystem, but also could fracture the collective cybersecurity defences of the world, by bringing new systemic risks and threats into the ecosystem.

The Objective

The objective of the Future Series program is to identify and communicate to senior leaders the emergent security risks and systemic challenges, at both an individual and collective level that will arise in the near future from next generation technology, and identify key recommendations and actions in how these might be able to be addressed.

Outcomes and Deliverables

In partnership with key academic, public and private partners, the Platform has launched:

·      A research program with the University of Oxford and Forum partners to understand the Cybersecurity implications of next generation technology on the global security ecosystem. 

·   Executive and leadership workshops dedicated to understanding the operational, policy and technology responses required by the security and global leadership community to address the anticipated systemic issues.

·      A comprehensive final report written in collaboration with  the University of Oxford that will focus on key cybersecurity issues, threats, opportunities and recommendations required to address the emergent security challenges of the near future to the global ecosystem.

Our Methodology

To achieve these objectives the Centre for Cybersecurity has  established a steering committee and dedicated working group for each workshop.

Steering committee

The committee provides leadership, validate the scope and key deliverables of the project as well as help shape the terms of reference and programme of work.

Members of the committee will participate in one meeting each quarter and includes:

·      Senior executives from business partner companies

·      Senior officials from government entities

·      Institutional leaders from academic institutions

Working groups

The working groups provide expertise, data and research  to the project and community. Members participate in workshops an brief senior executives and officials on  outcomes before high-level gatherings such as the World  Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

The working group comprises of:

·      Executives from Forum partner companies with  responsibilities in cybersecurity, technology, research, innovation, strategy, operations and/or government relations

·      Government officials with responsibilities in cybersecurity,  cybercrime, advanced research, operations, public private coordination and/or policy development

·      Academic subject-matter experts in disciplines such as  computer science, technology, criminology, international relations and international security.