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DomainTools 2018 Predictions: The Battle Between Internet Privacy & Access Heats Up in 2018

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Tim Chen, CEO and Sean McNee, Senior Data Scientist at DomainTools

The Battle Between Internet Privacy & Access Heats Up in 2018

The battle between security intelligence sharing and privacy has reached a crisis point on the internet. In 2017, innovations such as the "world's most hack-proof" smartphone have been introduced into the market for privacy-conscious consumers who do not want to share personal data with their telecom service providers. But some worry that these anonymized solutions create new platforms that will make it easier for criminals to wreak havoc undetected. Further complicating the issue, the FBI has put pressure on tech giants like Apple and Facebook to provide them with back-door access into devices and accounts to conduct investigations.

Meanwhile, the net neutrality debate rages on, with some questioning the security and morality of a deregulated multi-tiered internet system, and what it means for businesses and individuals. One thing that can be agreed upon is the ever-present need to strike the right balance between national security and individual privacy.

DomainTools CEO, Tim Chen and Senior Data Scientist, Sean McNee, weigh in on what we can expect with internet privacy and access in 2018:

"In 2018, we'll see the internet become safer for the bad guys and less safe for the rest of us. The rise in anonymizing technologies continues without abatement, privacy interests override security interests. As a result, people will be increasingly discerning about what they choose to do and say and store online." - Tim Chen, CEO

"Deregulation of internet service providers (ISPs) to allow preferential traffic will create a multi-tiered internet system: those who can afford to use VPNs/proxies to get the traffic
they want at the speeds they want, and those who cannot. Deregulated data streams will be modified and augmented by ISPs to insert ads or other content - these augmented streams will be quickly compromised and malware will be sent to customers with no way to block it. Moreover, anti-malware software could be directly blocked by these hacked data streams. For reference, think of how the cheap android phones with built-in apps were hacked to steal data from the device without anyone knowing." - Sean McNee, Senior Data Scientist


About the Authors

Tim Chen 

Tim Chen, CEO

Tim joined as CEO of DomainTools in 2009 and has spent 8 years leading the transformation of the company from an advertising based consumer service to a profitable and growing Enterprise SaaS security firm with nearly 500 global customers.

Sean McNee 

Sean McNee, Senior Data Scientist

Sean has a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota. His research and business e orts focus on the creation of actionable insights in support of critical decision- making through the use of new technologies and workflows over corporate & Internet networking data.


Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:29 AM by David Marshall
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