Cybersecurity is a topic that everybody needs to know about, yet very few tech consumers care about it. Any business entity that uses technology to run its day-to-day operations, and individuals who store their personal information in their smartphones, must understand the importance of cybersecurity. Cases of cyber-attacks are skyrocketing, criminals are continually developing more sophisticated attack methods, and innocent tech consumers are increasingly exposing their data to hawk-eyed data thieves. This is when the question arises: Do you know what the future of cybersecurity has in store?
The necessity of cybersecurity in this time and age can never be overemphasized. The good thing is that companies across industries are now investing in cybersecurity professionals to keep their data safe. But the tech world revolves at a fast rate, meaning that the data security measures we rely on today could become obsolete sooner rather than later. That fact forms the basis of our discussion below: What does the future of cybersecurity entail?
The Future of Cybersecurity
1. Increased interconnection might end up exposing our personal and business lives
Cybersecurity threats are likely to become more severe shortly, thanks to the rise of interconnected devices. More homeowners are installing IoT (Internet of Things) devices in their homes. Health departments are increasingly adopting smart technology in their practice. Even automated cars are on the verge of entering the world’s mainstream transport sector.
With technology driving most of our personal and business engagements, life has become easier. Access to information is now seamless, and the world is now more functional than ever before. However, there is a dangerous possibility as far as this interconnection is concerned.
All our data will soon be centralized, yet we don’t have the tools to control who accesses that data fully. Our lives will be exposed entirely once everything gets automated and all devices interconnected. To safeguard your devices from exposing sensitive data, use a VPN. A VPN can come at different versions of encryption to secure your data.
2. Big data will get more vulnerable
Most people are now using smartphones and other browsing devices to generate and store massive amounts of data. The rapidly growing number of these devices has given rise to an uncontrolled structured and unstructured distribution of data. People are posting photos and sharing videos on social networks in real-time, not knowing how exposed that leaves them to cybercriminals. Some social networks have also been accused of sharing data with political campaign teams. That leaves big data highly vulnerable.
3. Improved intrusion detection
Intrusion detection is an essential skill when it comes to discovering and mitigating the effects of harmful cyber activity. However, as important as it is, not many cybersecurity engineers possess these skills. Not to mention, many organizations are yet to discover its relevance in data protection. But all indications are pointing towards the possibility of this new technology becoming more widespread in the coming years.
4. Secure code developers will become more relevant
Truth be told: Data thieves easily infiltrate databases because of the glaring frailties in most organizations’ software codes. Most e-commerce websites have sloppy in-house software development teams who don’t care much about secure software development. To many business people today, secure software development is an unnecessary expense. This will change in the coming years as people continue to discover the great data safety potential that secure software possesses.
5. Cognitive security will gain more popularity
As we mentioned, big data is currently very vulnerable to fraudsters. But there is a silver lining to this unfortunate trend: Criminals who steal big data often leave behind trails that data and cybersecurity experts can follow and accurately predict who the attackers were. Although the damage could already be done, tracking down the malicious software back to its owner will help you identify and neutralize similar attacks in the future. Because the effectiveness and efficiency of digital trailing can be boosted by cognitive cybersecurity, this branch of cognitive computing will start gaining more and more recognition.
6. Cyber-attacks will get more and more sophisticated
Most data thieves are just malicious people trying to tarnish the reputation of their victims. Soon, however, we are likely to see the emergence of financially-motivated cyber fraudsters who will be attempting to monetize cyber-attacks. These attackers will bring with them the sophisticated technical skills and complex attack methods, catching unprepared in-house IT teams off guard. Unfortunately, cyber attackers could be the future of global terrorism.
About the Author:
The article was contributed by Ervin Barrell, a software development graduate student at Syracuse University. Ervin is also a regular writer on topics related to Internet security and privacy.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect those of EC-Council.