As a future of driverless cars, brain implants and more convincing deepfakes becomes increasingly possible, taking cyber threats more seriously will likely become more important. Here are some potential new jobs that could emerge to help combat those risks.
Five New Jobs to Safeguard Our Ever-More Connected Lives:
1. Deepfake Analyst
This person would be trained to spot where a video or audio clip has been manipulated using AI and could be hired by large organizations, news companies and courts. The role will require an academic understanding of the AI techniques used to generate content as well as an ability to fact check and forensically analyze footage, experts say.
2. Driverless-Car Security Specialist
These experts would help to protect your car from hackers seeking to override the engine, sensors, or other components of complex driverless-car systems. They also would monitor fleets and deal with software-related issues in real time. They would need detailed knowledge of the auto-manufacturing supply chain and emerging technologies, says Andre Weimerskirch, vice president of cybersecurity and functional safety at auto-parts supplier Lear Corp.
3. Implanted-Device Guardian
In the future, hackers could use implanted devices such as a memory-boosting brain chip, as a recording device and eavesdrop on sensitive conversations or drain its battery by sending a tsunami of signals from a fake base station, with potentially serious consequences. Implanted-device guardians will have some medical background and know about the latest cyber threats and malwares to help protect those with implants.
4. Anti-Cheat Referee
This person would sniff out cheaters in the world of virtual gaming, with a skill set that draws heavily on the basics of economics and psychology to identify abusers and ban players who cheat en masse, operating such as law enforcement planning a sting operation.
5. Chief Identity and Digital Officer
This person might join a company’s a C-suite to help ensure employee data is protected and that users accessing the firm’s platforms are who they say they are.
This role could become more important as pandemic-inspired remote-work policies reshape how employees access their workplaces, pushing the need for strong authentication and security.