The San Francisco Chronicle profiled the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity in an article originally published on June 3, 2016 in the paper’s print and paid digital edition. You can read a syndicated version of the article on Tech Wire.
The article, “Center Looks at Future of Cybersecurity,” by Sean Sposito, Information Security and Data Privacy Reporter for the Chronicle, provides an overview of the CLTC’s work based on an interview with Faculty Director Steven Weber, Executive Director Betsy Cooper, and others.
The story leads with a vivid description of the Bubble 2.0 scenario: “Steven Weber wants you to envision a future in which Facebook, Twitter, even Google have just gone bankrupt—a future in which a tech failure makes the financial collapse of the last decade seem small.”
Drawing upon interviews, Sposito explains why scenarios are useful for thinking about the long-term future, noting “the point is that even thinking about possible futures makes companies—and even U.S. intelligence agencies, such as the CIA—more resilient…. Even if the predictions turn out to be wrong, ‘the effort to anticipate is worth a lot, because it gives you the ability to react quickly,’ said Herb Lin, a senior cyberpolicy scholar at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. ‘And if you can react quickly, you’ll be less screwed.'”