Time to get versed in the Metaverse

In the future, we might barely remember life before the metaverse — just like we sometimes struggle to recall the days before PCs or Wi-Fi. The metaverse may change everything we know about the cyber universe, but the security profession doesn’t quite know what to make of it.

If you’re still unclear on the topic — and many security leaders are — the metaverse is the next, more immersive iteration of the internet. Today’s web is made up of memes, blogs and Zoom. Tomorrow’s version of the web is a combination of virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D computing, where users might inhabit their own avatars and interact in a simulated version of reality. Platforms such as Second Life, Roblox and Minecraft are steps in that direction, but the full-fledged metaverse promises to be much more encompassing.