The growing sophistication of cybersecurity threats requires a response that is more advanced than that of the hackers, not just equal to. While in this seemingly constant state of red-alert, it is only safe to assume that your security networks have already been accessed and maliciously exploited. Unfortunately, keeping pace with those who are determined to breach your private data is a challenging task. Cybercrime is intensifying, and the future of cybersecurity is dependent on new technologies and a more comprehensive understanding of the risks.
Defensive Strategies Will Be Automatic
Organizations are often reluctant to install patches or updates because they don’t want to disrupt the current processes. The problem with that approach is that many modern-day threats can go undetected for months. Malware can lie beneath the surface, learn the network patterns, and patiently wait for an easy point of access. So how are you supposed to stop threats that you can’t see?
Automated defense strategies are the future of cybersecurity, especially considering that hackers are creating automated tools of their own. By implementing intelligent layers that can autonomously identify threats and respond appropriately to mitigate risk, you can address data breaches at network speed. Isolated security devices can be exchanged for an interconnected security infrastructure, combining firewalls to secure email gateways and more. An integrated system that can adapt to a shifting network could be a crucial defense instrument.
Less Personal Privacy Requires More General Security
The sphere of what social media users consider to be private is becoming considerably smaller, and given the suspected breach of Facebook and other social media platforms by Russian influencers, the lack of security is becoming obvious. Exposing personal data online on a regular basis may seem dangerous, but this vulnerability could encourage a complete overhaul of general security algorithms. People are exchanging their privacy for a measure of protection from public enterprises, and cybersecurity strategies that protect the general consumer must be employed.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has also broadened the landscape for hackers. Many IoT devices are not capable of installing patches are updates, and breaches are not repairable. Businesses unwittingly attach these IoT devices to their wireless networks, not realizing that there is minimal to no security in place. It is an obvious vulnerability that must be addressed, with such devices being used in both homes and large corporations.
Thinking Beyond Conventional Technologies
As technology continues to become more advanced and hackers become more creative, researchers are considering the capabilities of new technologies. What if sensitive data could be sent via a one-time program and then automatically deleted upon receipt? Security strategies could then focus on protecting the original data, rather than maintaining safe networks for the secure transfer of private information. This may sound impossible, but quantum computing, which can run such programs, is not completely out of reach. With quantum computing, a program that runs only a single time could be created, and even if the transferred information failed to delete itself, it would be impossible to reverse the program to access the original data. With hackers always on the attack, data that deletes itself could be the cybersecurity solution of the future.
The future of cybersecurity is being driven by a world that grows more connected each day. Online privacy affects consumers and businesses of all sizes, and it is crucial that cybersecurity continues to follow these trends. As technology advances, cybersecurity must improve with it, or we will find ourselves at risk of malicious cyberattacks from every direction – in our businesses and in our homes.
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