Cybersecurity is a concern for everyone who uses the internet. In particular, businesses are subject to extra pressures to maintain cybersecurity; the public’s data is at risk as well. Every day cybercriminals are getting smarter and shifting their targets from petty data theft to company sabotage. Implementing high-quality cybersecurity technology is imperative for keeping data and people safe. When you think about it, billions of devices across infrastructures such as airports, nuclear plants, and healthcare systems are all connected to a network. If the network is breached, all hell would break loose (we’ve all seen Die Hard 4). To that end, we’ve gathered together four technology trends that businesses should be using to fight back against cyber warfare.
AI and Deep Learning
As well as having a top-tier company like Total IT’s managed services monitor your network infrastructure, you need to stay on top of the current trends. Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more prevalent in the field each day, and it works similarly to two-factor authentication. This works by confirming people’s identity via 2-3 measures (something they have, know, and are). AI starts to play when you add further layers of authentication. Deep learning is used to observe data such as logs, transactions, and communication in real-time to find security threats.
Embedded Hardware Authentication
Once upon a time, a simple pin and a password were enough to keep your data secure, but times have changed. Here comes embedded hardware authentication, using Intel’s groundbreaking Sixth-generation vPro Chips. In simple terms, the chip can be used to combine 3 or 4 authentication methods simultaneously. This makes it much more difficult for attackers to crack a password.
This relatively new cybersecurity technology is gaining traction at a fast pace. The basic principle of Blockchain Security is that all parties to a transaction must authenticate themselves. Every block added to the chain would have a unique ID code, and everyone in the chain can view information that is added to their ledger. If the chain is edited it is made apparent across all devices in the chain. So, if a hacker was to try and breach one block in the chain, the system would recognize the breach and shut it out. Hackers would have to alter every block in the chain across all distributed versions.
This cybersecurity technology does exactly what it says on the tin – it trusts no one. The model assumes that a network has already been breached and requires authentication from anybody trying to access data, even if they’ve been previously authorized. Implementation can be complex and requires a need to improve external and internal securities.
Technology is manmade, and man has the power to tear it down, which brings us into a state of cyber warfare. Cybercriminals will continue to get smarter and crack new technology, so it’s up to us to constantly adapt and learn new ways of protecting our systems. These are just some of the latest trends; who knows where we will be in the next ten years.