It’s difficult to pinpoint where cybersecurity is headed without looking at how far it has come in what could be considered such a short amount of time. Beginning in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the first worm was distributed by way of the internet. In the 1990’s, computer viruses began to make an appearance. It wasn’t long until we saw credit card hacks and major breaches beginning in the 2000’s.
Since then, cyber threats have only continued to increase. From this, it could be easy to draw the conclusion that as security budgets continue to rise, cybercrime should decrease. However, this is not the case. It may seem that despite our efforts, cybercriminals are always one step ahead.
So, what can we expect to see in the future in regard to cybersecurity? To put it simply, we can expect the unexpected. In 1980, it would’ve been hard to predict where cybersecurity would be today, regarding both security and threats. With the continued production of more devices, new threats and new solutions are being discovered.
It goes without saying that we can expect more cybercrime in the years to come. In conjunction with this, we can also expect security professionals to work harder than ever to come against cyber threats. With our consistent increase of knowledge, we will have the ability to stand up against the increase of cybercrime.
As the number of devices in use continues to rapidly increase, we will have access to an increased amount of data. When it comes to processing this data, cognitive security comes in. Cybersecurity professionals will be able to process the large amount of data more quickly and thoroughly. In addition to this, threats will be detected faster and organizations will be more prepared.
No matter the efforts made against cybercrime, companies continue to get hacked. Behavioral analytics is a new innovation that will monitor suspicious transactions and behavior. This innovation will also be able to detect breaches and track them to the source. Another tool that can be used moving forward is virtual dispersive networking. In simpler terms, this will split up the data and encrypt messages leaving the hackers left scrambling. Overall, we can expect that new technology will continue to develop as hackers find new ways to compromise security.
The rise of AI
Artificial intelligence used with machine learning creates a software that can essentially “learn” on its own. AI will therefore be a tool used to predict outcomes and threats based on past events. Without AI, the average time it takes to spot a threat is 39 days. The rise of AI will speed up threat detection allowing for a quicker response.
As security professionals, we have a role in the future of cybersecurity. Whether we’re on the frontlines or spreading awareness to our colleagues, friends and family members. To prepare yourself for the future of cybersecurity, attend one of our Secure360 conferences for a thorough education on security and risk management.
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