Five new cybersecurity technologies to watch in the coming year
The rapid pace of technological innovation has led to the development of numerous new and emerging technologies that have the potential to transform the way we live and work. These technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, blockchain, edge computing, and artificial intelligence (AI), are changing the cybersecurity landscape and presenting new and significant challenges and opportunities for organizations. With the right tools, training, and education, however, the future can still look bright for our busy IT security teams.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
The IoT is a rapidly growing network of connected devices that collect and exchange data. These devices range from smart home appliances to industrial control systems and medical devices. While the IoT offers many benefits, including increased efficiency and improved connectivity, it also creates new cybersecurity risks.
IoT devices often have limited processing power and memory, making it difficult to secure them against cyber threats. Additionally, many IoT devices have weak passwords and lack software updates, making them vulnerable to hacking and other types of cyberattacks.
To address these risks, organizations must adopt a comprehensive approach to IoT security that includes deploying advanced security technologies, such as network segmentation, lateral movement protection, and microsegmentation, as well as implementing strong security policies and employee training programs. Insight into application communication is key – and knowing what is talking to what, and why, will be important in securing future devices. Any deviation from the norm and an established benchmark of allowable behavior should be flagged for immediate action and further investigation.
The power of 5G
5G is the fifth generation of mobile networks, offering faster speeds, lower latency, and increased capacity compared to previous generations. 5G networks will enable the deployment of large numbers of devices in a small geographic area, increasing the risk of a coordinated cyber attack. Additionally, 5G networks are more complex than previous generations, making securing them against cyber threats more difficult. Organizations must invest in advanced security technologies, such as encryption, firewalls, and intrusion detection and prevention systems, and implement robust security policies and employee training programs to address these risks.
Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that provides a secure and transparent way to store and transfer data. While blockchain has the potential to revolutionize many industries, it also creates new cybersecurity risks. For example, blockchain is vulnerable to attacks such as 51% attacks, where an attacker gains control of more than half of the computing power of a blockchain network and can manipulate transactions. Additionally, using smart contracts in blockchain can lead to deploying vulnerable and untested code, increasing the risk of cyber attacks. To address these risks, organizations must adopt a comprehensive approach to blockchain security that includes deploying advanced security technologies, such as encryption and smart contract auditing, and implementing strong security policies and employee training programs.
Edge computing refers to the process of processing data at or near the source of data generation rather than in a central location such as a data center. Edge computing offers many benefits, including reduced latency and increased efficiency. However, it also creates new cybersecurity risks, such as the need to secure large numbers of edge devices and the risk of data breaches in remote locations. To address these risks, organizations must adopt a comprehensive approach to edge computing security that includes deploying advanced security technologies, such as encryption and firewalls, and implementing strong security policies and employee training programs.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI is a rapidly growing field that involves the development of computer systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as perception, reasoning, and decision-making.
What if we told you this blog post was written by an AI using Microsoft’s ChatGPT? What if we even asked an AI to choose the topic because it told us you’d be interested? That brand image was created using MidJourney. Honestly, do you think you could tell if it was or wasn’t? AI is becoming commonplace.
AI offers many benefits, including increased efficiency and improved decision-making. However, it also creates new cybersecurity risks, such as the potential for AI systems to be manipulated or to make decisions that harm organizations or individuals. To address these risks, organizations must adopt a comprehensive approach to AI security that includes deploying advanced security technologies, such as secure machine learning algorithms, and implementing strong security policies, regular audits, and employee training programs. Additionally, organizations must ensure that their AI systems are transparent, explainable, and subject to ethical and legal scrutiny.
A proactive and comprehensive approach
The impact of these and other technologies on cybersecurity is significant, far-reaching, and always will be. As these technologies continue to evolve and gain wider adoption, organizations must adopt a proactive and comprehensive approach to security that encompasses advanced security technologies, strong security policies, employee training programs, and regular audits. By doing so, organizations can ensure the protection of their sensitive data and systems and maintain the security and integrity of their technology environments.