‘What we’re going to see is increased government involvement’
Schneier’s argument follows from accepting Marc Andreessen’s observation in 2011 that software is eating the world. “As everything turns into a computer, computer security becomes everything security,” said Schneier.
Schneier likened the internet to a giant robot, one capable of affecting not just the virtual world but the physical world, too. “As our internet affects the world, the threats become much more real,” he said.
Software flaws that may once have been capable of crashing applications have the potential to crash cars, planes, medical devices, appliances, and other connected infrastructure. As a result, Schneier contends, the restrictions and regulations that attempt to defend against real world risks will be placed on the tech world.
“What we’re going to see is increased government involvement,” Schneier said. “Because that’s what happens in the world of dangerous things.”