The End of Malware? Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022

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If you're wondering what online security will look like in the year 2022, analysts have both good news and bad news.

The good news: There will probably be smarter security, international treaties regulating cyberwar and, most significantly, no more malware. The bad news: There will be increased attacks from non-malware vectors, as well as smarter hackers and countries that ignore all treaties regulating cyberwar.

Generational shifts, both in personnel and technology, will help drive these changes. Digital "natives" who've grown up using the Internet will assume the reins of power from baby-boomer politicians and businessmen, but those "natives" will face off against hackers for whom the infamous Conficker worm might as well have infected rotary phones.