Cybersecurity will continue to play an important role in the coming years as more organizations adopt new channels and expand the scope of old ones. This will also mean expanding the role of cybersecurity to fit the current infrastructure. Below are examples of the top smart cybersecurity areas that are emerging.
- Automotive Hacking
Back in the day, barely anyone had to worry too much about the security of their vehicle. Everyone relied on the old trusted key and lock. But as cars became more sophisticated, other means of security had to be put in place, i.e., alarms, cameras, and a gps tracker.
The Internet of Things made modern vehicles are packed with software that automates the creation of seamless connectivity for drivers when in cruise control, door lock, airbags, engine timing, and advanced driver assistance. The vehicles usually use Bluetooth and WiFi in order to communicate but leave a few vulnerabilities for hackers.
- Artificial Intelligence’s Potential
At this point, what we regard as AI is merely advanced machine learning software with extensive behavioral algorithms capable of adapting to what we like and dislike. While useful, it’s far from becoming a truly self-aware AI version that many people envision.
In most cases, the application of AI is most evident in the personal assistants that are slowly taking over many homes. Amazon’s Alexa, Google’ Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri all make use of some form of machine learning and data analytics to predict the behavior of users to better provide a more intuitive service. These programs are designed to store data not only in their interactions with the users but based on background conversations it picks up.
- Targeting Mobile
There is a lot of emphasis paid to mobile banking within cybersecurity. This suggests that cloud transactions are only predicted to increase in the coming years. Banks have been pressured to increase their cybersecurity to gain people’s trust in their service. Nevertheless, the opportunity seems too big for mobile hackers to ignore. There is a noticeable push for people to take active measures in securing their accounts through a multi-level security approach. Important online accounts are pressured to use two-factor authentication while discouraging the use of uniform password information across different accounts.
- Cloud Security
As more and more businesses and organizations strengthen their presence online, security measures are needed in order to monitor and update measures that prevent data leaks. Although cloud services like those offered by Google or Apple have enough protection on their end against malicious threats, it is the user’s end where a lot of vulnerabilities can be easily exploited through phishing or malware attacks.
- Data Breach
Whether it is for an organization or individual, securing digital data is going to be everyone’s primary goal. For an organization to achieve success, there should be a concerted effort to protect sensitive and personal information for other people. Any minor flaws in the company’s system can be a potential weak point that can be exploited.
Already authorities are catching up by passing data breach notification laws in which the company is required to inform customers about the data breach and the steps to mitigate any possible injuries. We will continue to see laws and regulations concerning data protection and privacy passed and enacted in the coming years.
- 5G Networks
In 2020, 5G networks are expected to roll out globally which will pave the way for a new era of inter-connectivity. This new network will also further boost the Internet of Things system. But better communication between devices also presents as a possible vulnerability from outside attacks and influence. Even the most popular, widely used, and well-supported browser, Google Chrome, was found to have serious flaws.
The architecture of 5G is still very much new to the industry and will require a significant amount of research time to find loopholes and weaknesses to make the system secure against external attacks.
- Cyber Warfare
There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight when it comes to the ongoing cyber warfare between western and eastern powers of the world. Tensions between the US and Chinese or Iran cyber-attacks often receive worldwide attention. Despite the attacks being few, they have a significant impact on world events such as major elections.
It is in 202 that the cybersecurity world first noticed a trend towards targeted ransomware. This is prevalent in developed nations whose industries rely quite heavily on certain software in order to run daily operations. An attack dubbed the Wanna Cry attack targeted the National Health Service hospital in the UK and corrupted over 70,000 medical devices.
- Insider Threats
One main reason for a data breach is still human error. A bad day at the office could lead an employee to erroneous actions that could lead to lapses in security. A single loophole could bring down an entire organization through stolen data. The prevention of such catastrophe often begins with awareness inside the workplace to protect data in any way possible.
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