The rate at which cybercrime is rising is alarming. Almost every week, a high profile cybercrime is reported. Every business is in its own unique stage of digital transformation, however, it doesn’t matter the far your business has gone, security should be the topmost priority as it has always been and will always be the first consideration.
Information Technology Dependence
Information technology and Cybersecurity are tightly connected to each other; this means that future cybersecurity is tightly tied to the advancement of the cyberspace and future information technology. In this generation, almost all the critical systems are interconnected and driven by computers and this predicts the future where the connection will be even tighter.
The complexity and connectivity of these systems will have a direct effect on their level of vulnerability. The cybercrime or attack activities are increasingly getting into more complex methods and there is a greater need for cybersecurity systems to be more sophisticated to combat the attacks. This implies that future security to be smarter and more sophisticated, systems that can update themselves very fast.
Large data and complexity in systems
The future cybersecurity systems should be able to handle large amounts of data, deal with a larger population and take decisions in real time. It’s so challenging and it might affect the future cybersecurity, unlike in the physical world where we can easily identify our enemies and know the exact weapons that they use, it’s very unfortunate that in cyberspace anyone can become our enemy and attack us any time.
Most likely, financially driven groups of attackers will be seeking ways to monetize cyber-attacks and hacktivists will also continue to use cyber at an advanced level to pass their message and even terrorists may also shift to cyber-crime. It will be impossible for human analysts to deal with all these thus there will be greater need more artificial intelligence for proper and accurate decision making. The next generation will have to be refined to develop and drive new systems.
Possibly, new professions and domain expertise will have to be formed and we shall have to work extra hard to protect our systems in a more advanced manner.
The Internet of Things
Cyber threats are growing daily both in complexity and in volumes as more organizations are adopting technologies and internet if things. The security professionals are equipped with versed knowledge to protect our mobile devices and servers but how about our home automation gadgets like refrigerators, cars and thermostats and others or even medical equipment?
There are a lot of cyber threats posing significant challenges to the IT experts across all the sectors. This means there is an urgent need to increase technologies that will be able to deal with big data analytics, cognitive computing, and the Internet of Things at an advanced level to influence our connected world in a better way. Initiatives should devote in solutions. Users of the new and advancing technologies should practice good password hygiene and refrain from opening unsolicited or suspicious emails and untrusted attachments and links.
Cybersecurity and mitigation
There is a greater need to identify and track risks to plan ahead of mitigating or preventing potential risks. This involves drawing a sketch of how a project or business will react when subjected to any cyber threat or risk and the action that can be taken to reduce the risk or threats. There is a need to identify the most valuable assets in a company or organization and their vulnerabilities. Due to lack of professionals who can deal with security issues, there will be a need to embrace more use of artificial intelligence.
Cloud infrastructure is increasingly becoming a more lucrative target for hackers or cybercriminals and it is subjected to more threats the more it develops. Many organizations are really struggling with managing and monitoring so many user identities and this means there is a need to develop identity governance and intelligence system. Developing this system will however require more time to fully eliminate the use of a password and embrace advanced authentications like the use of biometrics for identification.
Oliviah Nelson is an avid cybersecurity author who dives deep into technical and engineering issues in the cyber world. The author of books and articles about technology and security, Oliviah Nelson is a well respected authority.