The metaverse: Who will be securing it — and how? 

Presented by Denuvo by Irdeto

With the metaverse being talked up everywhere — even though the concept still seems to be a bit vague — concerns about safety have bubbled up, and you wouldn’t be along in wondering what cybersecurity challenges may come with it.

The metaverse, a concept of the next incarnation of the Internet, an immersive virtual 3D world connecting all sorts of digital environments, has been gaining a strong foothold in the media and has quickly become one of the hot topics in the digital landscape. You can even consider it as a new decentralized marketing ecosystem, characterized as social, live, and persistent, as it will contain a lot of user-generated content. It will also be easy to join and contribute to for hardware-agnostic users.

The idea originates from science fiction novels — namely Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992) — but if we look closely at what has been happening in the last two decades, some early attempts at making the metaverse a reality have already been made. Think of Eve Online, launched in 2003, or more recently, GTA and Red Dead Online. The metaverse — once it is ready, which may take 10 to 15 years — will simply take these and similar offerings into space.

The social media platform Facebook’s recent announcement of changing its corporate name to “Meta,” to emphasize its “metaverse” vision highlighted the shift in trends. This move by Facebook, which is known to set trends and shake up the digital space, is a clear indication that the metaverse is moving forward.

Ownership and security in the metaverse

One key aspect is that the metaverse is expected to bring a shift from usernames or login IDs to enhanced digital avatars. With a great shift and change comes a great responsibility — but who is the gatekeeper of the legal and security implications that will come with it and how do you ensure your information is kept safe?

First of all, the metaverse will surely require processing of enormous amounts of personal data, which will be subject to many of the same increasingly stringent privacy and data processing rules that the social networks face. This may be a heavy burden, especially for smaller companies…