Due to the high rise in cyber attacks and malware on businesses, cybersecurity is increasingly becoming a hot topic in the digital world. Cybersecurity has come a long way over the years, constantly adapting to deal with the evolving dangers from cyber attacks and online threats.
This is even more true in recent months, as the coronavirus pandemic has seen businesses making the move to a more mobile workforce, with greater dependence on remote technology and cloud storage. It’s no wonder that cybersecurity is attracting more interest in mainstream news. But what does the future hold? With the rise of increasingly sophisticated online attacks, often affecting millions of customers, how will cybersecurity change to cope? Let’s take a look at the future of cybersecurity and how this can help protect businesses and individuals online.
Our society is becoming more sophisticated and digitalised. However, this only means that there is now a lot more to gain from exploiting the system. Currently, there are countless criminal activities happening via the internet, from individuals and organisations trying to make illegal money online to those who want to spy on countries, organisations, or individuals. Some try to cause problems for companies or individuals, or even the governments of countries online – sometimes just to show that they can, often hiding behind the dark web. Cyber security threats also include espionage, the kidnapping of information through encryption and demanding ransom, using fraudulent emails to trick unsuspecting people into providing personal information, and other forms of cyber intrusions. Many security specialists expect the future of cyber threats to grow, evolve, and become even more sophisticated.
Dependence on Information Technology
Cybersecurity closely links to information technology. This means that the future of IT ties in with the advancing future of both information technology and cyberspace. As the workforce becomes more mobile, the future will come with an even heavier reliance on computers, gadgets, and other forms of mobile electronics. The current COVID-19 pandemic largely influences this situation. The future of cybersecurity will witness the interconnectivity of all the critical systems, driven by computers and cloud storage. Such complexity in the connectivity of these systems will directly impact their vulnerability levels, making them better placed to combat the expected sophistication in future cyber security attacks.
Complexity in systems and big data
The future of cybersecurity should also involve making decisions in real-time, dealing with larger numbers, and handling large volumes of data. The expected increase in the number of cyberattacks can pose a massive threat to the future of cybersecurity. It is less challenging to identify criminals in the actual world than the growing number of cybercriminals online. Therefore, the future of cybersecurity should educate and empower the next generation to develop and refine new protective measures. Most likely, financially driven organisations of hackers will seek new ways to monetise their online attacks, with hacktivists continuing to use advanced techniques in achieving cyber-crime. For this reason, unique domain expertise and professions may need developing to offer more advanced forms of protection.
Cybersecurity and mitigation
The expected increase in future cyber-crimes means a greater need to identify future risks, track the risks, and plan to prevent potential threats. Such a situation includes creating a sketch of how a business or project will react when subjecting it to any form of risk or cyber threat and the action needed to reduce such threats or dangers. There is also the need to identify the valuable assets which are the most vulnerable and require protection. There may be a need to embrace artificial intelligence in cyber security to provide a more effective way of tracking future cyber-crime.
The Internet of Things (IOT)
Cyber threats grow daily – both in complexity and volume, as more and more organisations adopt remote technologies, cloud systems, and the internet, in general, to help deal with the coronavirus’s effect. Although many internet security personnel are well equipped with the information and skills to deal with threats to our mobile devices, it often means that other automation gadgets are left exposed, which can lead to ransomware attacks. For example, we can expect many new smart car models to make use of the internet in their operations, which would put these new and improved technologies at risk of hackers, scammers, and cyber attacks. There is an urgent need to improve cybersecurity technologies and educate businesses about the very real risks posed by online threats and data breaches.
Global cyberspace seems to be evolving at a rapid pace and with its developments come great opportunities for businesses and the lives of every individual. However, despite the benefits, there are many risks and security threats as mentioned in this article. It is important that the loopholes that are created through these advancements are quickly rectified with suitable solutions made available.
All of the above may sound complicated, but they are basic security problems that are easy to fix. At JVR Consultancy, we can empower you to take your company’s safety to the next level by assessing and certifying you as Cyber Essentials qualified.
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