360 embraces metaverse: is the first year of digital security coming?

Zou Yongqin, a reporter of the economic observer, “as mankind enters the digital civilization, security also needs to evolve into digital security. In the first year of digital security in 2022, 360 released the metaverse digital security system framework.”

This is the microblog published by Zhou Hongyi, founder of 3600 (Stock Code: 601360. Sh, hereinafter referred to as 360), on December 28. On the same day, at the “opening the first year of digital security – 360 Group Strategy Conference” held by the company, Zhou Hongyi officially announced that 360 was involved in the field of metaverse and regarded itself as a metaverse digital twin.

As one of China’s largest Internet security companies, 360’s entry into metaverse is undoubtedly big news in the industry. Since the popularity of metaverse concept, industry experts have pointed out that security will be the top priority of metaverse, and many network security companies have expressed their high concern about metaverse.

This time, the industry leader fired the first shot. Will other network security companies follow up and jointly create the first year of digital security in 2022?

Security issues may become a top priority in the metaverse Era

On December 20, the first sexual harassment incident broke out on the metaverse platform “Horizon worlds” of meta company, which aroused the global market’s attention to the security topic in the upcoming metaverse era.

In fact, the domestic market has long discussed safety issues. At the “2021metaverse Industry Forum” held in mid December, academician Shen Changxiang, a famous information system expert in China, clearly pointed out that “metaverse is indeed the next generation cyberspace, and security is the top priority of cyberspace”. At the same time, he stressed that security is the premise of development and development is the guarantee of security, and from the establishment of a new active immune secure and trusted computing mode, the construction of a “computing + protection” parallel dual architecture, the construction of a “one center + three-tier protection” support system framework, the implementation of four element trusted dynamic access control, and the strengthening of the whole process control with equal emphasis on “five links” technology management This paper discusses how to build metaverse’s security system from six aspects.

When it comes to network security, as a veteran who has struggled in the field of digital security for 20 years, Zhou Hongyi should have the most say. He believes that in the metaverse era, the security threats of cyberspace are integrated with various scenes of digital development in our real world, and the security challenges it brings will far exceed the network security era + computer security era.

Zhou Hongyi said that in the past, security problems were very fragmented. Either border security or traffic security, terminal security or security in a place. If there were any security problems, they could be solved by buying equipment and installing software. But in the metaverse era (the full digital age), all this is different.

“Let’s talk about several scenarios casually, such as the security of key infrastructure, the security of industrial Internet, the security of Internet of vehicles, the security of energy Internet, and even digital finance. Each scenario is extremely complex and can not be solved simply with traditional security products or security technologies. This includes several basic technologies used in metaverse and digitization Technology itself will have new security challenges “.

He further pointed out that in the metaverse era, the whole city, large enterprises, especially key infrastructure, have become the preferred targets of network attacks. It may take only half a day to use the Internet of things attacks to cause a large area of power, water and gas outage in the city, resulting in our transportation hubs, such as the inability to apply for boarding passes at the airport and the failure of our subway security inspection, All these will lead to the chaos of social order.

“Therefore, the security challenges we will face in the future should be far beyond the era of network security and the era of computer security.” He said.

“For metaverse, many people see opportunities, but security practitioners see more risks.” According to Zhou Hongyi, the challenge of metaverse is also a challenge of digital security in essence. With the advent of metaverse, mankind will also usher in the first year of digital security in 2022.

He said that under the guidance of “three modernizations and six defenses”, 360 will launch a systematic digital security capability framework to help countries, cities and enterprises cope with security challenges, including metaverse security challenges in the future, And called on “all industries are trying to embrace the digital civilization era of metaverse. If the network security industry continues to stick to the imperfections and stay at the level of network security, it means that we don’t stand high enough and don’t see far enough, and our combat guiding ideology and technical products can not keep pace with the times and upgrade accordingly.”

Relevant companies in the industry pay positive attention to metaverse

In fact, as early as Zhou Hongyi’s appeal, a considerable number of network security companies have expressed great interest in metaverse and paid active attention to it.

For example, Tongyou Technology (300302. SZ), which focuses on the research, development and application of technologies such as data storage, data protection and disaster recovery, pointed out through the interactive platform on December 6 that metaverse is a new Internet application and social form integrating virtual and real generated by integrating a variety of new technologies, “We believe that the metaverse concept is at an early stage, and the company will actively pay attention to the development of the industry.”.

As a leading enterprise in the domestic electronic data forensics industry, a leading enterprise in public security big data, and an expert in Cyberspace Security and social governance, meiyabaike (300188. SZ) showed strong interest as early as the concept of metaverse was not on fire. According to the information on the investor interaction platform, on September 9, he answered, “metaverse will be the focus of the development of Internet of all things in the future. What kind of planning and layout does the company have in this regard? Will it develop corresponding products?” In response to this problem, mayako made it clear that “for the possible problems of metaverse, VR and online games and relevant investigation and evidence collection needs, the company has a team to carry out pre research work, and the corresponding products will be launched in due time according to the market demand and research progress”.

After that, I answered “does the company consider participating in the forensics involved in metaverse and NFT industries?” At the time, meiyabaike stressed that “various virtual economies and applications for the Internet may be the research object of forensics, and the company will pay timely attention to various new technologies and Applications”.

Green Alliance Technology (300369. SZ), which is mainly engaged in the R & D, production, sales and provision of professional security services of information security products, answered on the investor interaction platform on December 22, “what role will the company play in the metaverse era?” On this issue, it was also emphasized that although their company is not involved in metaverse business for the time being, it “will continue to pay attention to the development of metaverse and related security issues in the development process”.

Compared with the above company’s expression of “half covering the face with Pipa”, Wangsu Technology (300017. SZ) is obviously much more detailed. On December 27, Netscape technology introduced in detail whether the company’s science and technology can be used for metaverse development on the interactive platform.

Relevant company personnel of the company pointed out that, first of all, for metaverse, driverless, cloud games, AR, VR, etc., nethome technology’s own products do not include the above applications or products developed based on the above technologies, such as driverless cars, wearable devices for virtual images, or large-scale games. However, the implementation and experience of the above applications are inseparable from the support of the IT basic platform, such as data transmission and network acceleration, video decoding and transformation, cloud access and management, edge node computing and processing, etc. Therefore, as an IT basic platform service provider, the company will maintain continuous tracking and research for new applications and technologies, in order to meet the needs of Internet applications and related enterprises, such as data transmission stability, data storage security and data computing efficiency. Secondly, the company’s edge computing platform takes the four platforms of virtual machine, container, function computing and network as the technical base, and deploys basic services such as edge virtual machine, edge cloud container, edge cloud function, sd-wan and edge cloud security on the edge computing node, as well as various internal and external application modules, combined with customers’ business scenarios and needs, Try to integrate and output the solution. In the future, the popularization and promotion of new applications such as metaverse, cloud games and other 5g era and digital transformation will bring more opportunities for the business expansion of nethome technology to a certain extent.

In addition, Wangsu technology also stressed that “in the future, the company will continue to cultivate in the three directions of ‘in-depth scene, user-friendly and open sharing’. ‘metaverse’ as a hot spot of the Internet recently, it must involve a wide range of related technologies. As an IT basic platform service provider, the company will maintain continuous tracking and research.”

Relatively speaking, the statement of Qianxin (688561. SH) is the most direct and positive. The relevant staff of the company’s board secretary office stressed on the interactive platform that “metaverse is inseparable from digital security” and revealed that the company has made a comprehensive, systematic and practical layout in the field of digital security; These layouts are the basic guarantee of metaverse.

Founded in 2014, Qianxin focuses on the Cyberspace Security Market and provides a new generation of enterprise network security products and services to government and enterprise users. With continuous R & D innovation and security capability focusing on actual attack and defense, it has developed into a leading network security supplier based on big data, artificial intelligence and security operation technology in China. According to the CCIA top 50 selected by China Network Security Industry Alliance (CCIA) in 2021, the company ranked first in competitiveness and top 10 in resource power, ranking among the industry leaders.

So, what layout has Qianxin made in the underlying field of metaverse? How do they view Zhou Hongyi’s appeal? To this end, the reporter of Economic Observer network interviewed the relevant staff of the company’s board secretary office by telephone.

The staff member replied that metaverse is a trend of future development, and its development is inseparable from data security. Qianxin has some layout in some underlying technologies of metaverse, such as big data, arvr, Internet of things, etc.

When talking about Zhou Hongyi’s view on the digital security era and 360’s announcement of entering metaverse, he said that the arrival of metaverse era will indeed lead to the great development of security business, because metaverse is actually a complex of multiple technologies, and its development must be inseparable from big data, resulting in a very large market for data security.

“However, we are not as urgent as 360. After all, metaverse is in a stage where the concept is greater than the reality, and there is no complete system. Of course, if we have the opportunity, we will cooperate with some manufacturers.”. The staff member said.

For Zhou Hongyi’s appeal, Jia Mingzhi, a researcher at an investment institution in Shenzhen, holds another view. He told reporters that although the industry currently does not have a clear definition of metaverse, the metaverse era is a new Internet application and social form that integrates virtual and real produced by integrating a variety of new technologies; In this way, in the metaverse era, not only data security and computing power assurance have received unprecedented attention, but the integration of virtual and real is more likely to spread all kinds of illegal and criminal acts in real society, such as fraud, theft and economic plunder; “Therefore, metaverse brings not only data security risks, but also innovative financial model security risks and even life security risks due to the integration of virtual and real, which can not be solved by a digital security company. If there is the first year of digital security, it will be more magnificent than Zhou Hongyi imagined: Most digital security companies may need to be integrated Form an alliance, and work closely with real security agencies to jointly create the safe operation of metaverse. “

Why is Zhou Hongyi’s attitude towards metaverse “spray first and then praise”?

The change of Zhou Hongyi’s attitude towards metaverse is also one of the focuses of the market. After all, in the CCTV dialogue program broadcast on November 20, he also believed that “metaverse does not represent the future, but the decline of mankind”; Just over a month later, he immediately turned around and hugged metaverse; So “spray first and then praise”, is this really optimistic about the first year of digital security brought by metaverse, or is it to “rub the concept”?

In this regard, Zhou Hongyi’s explanation is that there is a cognitive process: “After the first spurt on ‘metaverse’, I began to read a lot of metaverse materials in awe. Only then did I understand that metaverse is not a specific product, but a digital scene or an advanced stage at the digital level; as long as it is guided to a direction beneficial to the country and industry, it can better serve the real world. Therefore, today I want to correct my name. Before that, what I opposed was not the real metaverse, but the metaverse that was divorced from reality and addicted to the virtual world; On the contrary, I am in favor of industrial metaverse, serving the real economy, manufacturing and the digital transformation of various traditional industries. “

It happens that the Economic Observer network has just witnessed the process of Zhou Hongyi’s change of attitude towards metaverse. Because on the third day (November 23) after the “metaverse” on CCTV, Zhou Hongyi changed his attitude in an online interview with reporters, pointing out that what he opposed was actually “Facebook style metaverse”.

Zhou Hongyi further pointed out that the higher the degree of digitization, the greater the security challenge. Future attacks on the virtual world will hurt the real world. Therefore, the security risks faced by metaverse are essentially the challenges brought by digital security. At present, security risks have broken through the scope of computer security and network security and upgraded to digital security. Digital security includes not only data security, but also artificial intelligence security and network security.

Especially under the background of “everything can be programmed, everything should be interconnected, big data drives business, and software defines the world”, all aspects of the virtual world and the real world are intertwined and integrated, and the vulnerability of the whole world will be unprecedented. Attacks against the virtual world will hurt the real world.

“With the advent of the era of digital civilization and the strong demand of metaverse, network security should also be upgraded, and the continuous upgrading of network threats is the most important symbol of the first year of digital security.” Zhou Hongyi said that another sign of the opening of digital security in the first year is that simple security issues are upgraded to complex security challenges.

He believes that although the blockchain has proved that it is safe in algorithm, many blockchain exchanges have also had countless security problems in the past two years, resulting in countless digital currencies being stolen or taken away. In other words, as long as these technologies are based on code and software, there will be loopholes, and an epic or earth shaking loophole will pop up in the most unexpected place.

“So we can see that today, in the digital age and the era of metaverse, simple security problems have become complex security challenges.” Zhou Hongyi further pointed out that since the 18th CPC National Congress, the state has clearly taken the “overall national security concept” as the guidance and coordinated the “traditional security and non-traditional security”. The national security strategy (2021-2025) proposes to accelerate the improvement of governance capacity in the fields of network security, data security and artificial intelligence security, which are essentially “digital security”.

“Therefore, we clearly put forward that the network security industry should be redefined. The network security industry should be upgraded to the digital security industry, so as to match today’s digital strategy of the whole country, the digital civilization stage that we humans want to enter, and the development of the national industrial Internet, including the development requirements of metaverse.” Zhou Hongyi stressed that the national level proposed to coordinate traditional and non-traditional security and improve the governance capacity in the fields of network security, data security and artificial intelligence security, marking the opening of the first year of digital security and entering the era of great security.