With the year coming to an end, a lot of things have changed in the world of cybersecurity and experts are gearing up for a new age of trends that are about to rule the internet in 2018.
At a popular Gartner security summit held this year, well-known security expert Earl Perkins, the VP of research at Gartner’s Internet of Things division, recently suggested that no single security measure can be applied to secure all platforms, which is very true.
Be it the world of smartphones, cloud storage solutions or servers, each type of technology is different from the other, which is more evident in 2017 than ever.
Here is a list of some of this year’s most anticipated changes in cybersecurity trends, many of which are bound to continue into the future.
#1 Increasing Attention to Cloud Security
Every last organization is increasingly concerned about cloud security, and it is with a reason. Almost every part of user data is saved in the cloud, be it their usage logs, usernames, passwords, personalized profiles and many other details.
Whether it’s OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox, users have started storing more on the cloud than ever. Companies have started hiring experts to secure servers and keep them safe against hacking attempts because it may invariably affect their user base if there is a breach.
This trend is bound to reappear and evolve in the following months.
#2 Stop Focusing Only on Prevention
Cybersecurity experts at Security Zap advise that organizations should focus strongly on defending against attacks rather than investing millions of dollars in trying to prevent them. At the end of the day, cyber attacks could be inevitable, and they need to accept that fact.
The best step is to stay safe while also using forensic results to avert attacks from happening in the future. Prediction and prevention is the way to go in the future rather than trying to evade known threats in the short term, say the experts.
#3 Biometrics Became the Authentication Method
Ever since smartphones were implemented with biometrics using fingerprint and facial recognition sensors, the organizations—most notably banks and other financial industry giants—that require authentication have adopted biometrics technology for improved cybersecurity. Smart locks are considered to be the best way to protect private data on devices as well as on the cloud, within companies and so on.
This trend is expected to evolve into a combination of biometric fingerprinting and facial recognition as smartphones have started adopting the technology slowly in 2017 flagship models.
#4 Digital Ecosystem to Ensure Better Security
Instead of focusing on a single device which often gets breached, cybersecurity experts are creating a digital ecosystem of devices in a specific region. They safeguard against attacks by verifying when you are really connected to them. Be it a laptop, smartphone, computer or smart home voice-based devices, their vicinity is being used as a way to secure your setup and will further increase with IoT becoming more common than ever.
Many of the devices that are in use today are being upgraded with two-way authentication, so gaining access to them is next to impossible unless the real user authenticates an entry through their smartphone or e-mail apart from the growing usage of fingerprint sensors.
#5 Development Centers to Protect Apps and Data
The power of servers and supercomputers, which were primarily used in the past only to process large amounts of data, is now being used to protect the data that is used by internet users around the globe. Their computing power makes it easier to detect malware, viruses and other threats.
They are being further expanded this year, providing new opportunities for companies to employ the power of servers the security firms have to offer in order to ensure a safer internet for all.
The power of AI-driven applications and hardware is being utilized to its best extent in their regard. They are capable of understanding a user’s habits and optimizing the security accordingly, making it easier to identify if there is an intrusion.
While many of the new security measures implemented today may sound like an intrusion into privacy, people have welcomed them because of how important it is to safeguard the data they store online for easy access.
The world of cybersecurity underwent a lot of changes in 2017, and security experts and IT organizations have made considerable changes in their measures so as to safeguard against external attacks. With a strong sense of balance on risk, resilience and the expenses involved in implementing these measures, they are being altered according to the industry requirements.