Fisherian Runaway

Today I learn the phrase Fisherian Runaway, which was a term coined by mathematical biologist Ronald Fisher to account for the evolution of exaggerated male ornamentation, e.g. peacocks with their big tails.

I wonder if we’ve fallen into the same trap within cyber security – especially when it comes to what gets researched, reported, and presented at events.

Are we pursuing things that will further the industry and benefit the users? Or are we caught in an echo chamber where we’re more interested in impressing our own peer group?

Because that will take us down the path where innovation and any meaningful progress will die.