A decade ago, computers were nothing more than an ancillary support in our day-to-day tasks. Now, computers and the Internet have upturned our lives and made it easy. However, advanced technologies like IoT and other smart devices handle a lot of critical data and thus face threat from cyber attackers. They continue to develop tactics to crack your defense systems.
Additionally, hacking incidents (cyber attacks like ransomware and many more) from the past year indicate that the upcoming year is strongly focused on cyber-security in the IT world. Hence, we at the beginning of the new year bring before you some cyber-security trends that will certainly happen in 2018. Here are our top 6 IT security trends for 2018.
IoT Products With Enhanced Security Features
OT or Operational Technology is rapidly adopting IoT to automate processes. But, IoT lack security features and therefore invite various cyber risks. As IoT products nowadays handle much critical user data, IoT manufacturers are turning to deception technology to enhance IoT security system.
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What Is Deception Technology?
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Deception technology is a security technique which enables companies to stop cyber criminals who have already invaded the network. The technique generates several fake credentials to trick the attacker to use any of those credentials. As soon as the attacker uses the fake credential, the defense system alerts cyber experts that an intrusion has been performed. Thus, security experts can take immediate actions to stop damage. Furthermore, the mechanism also reveals the pattern of the attack and educates how attackers gained control over the system.
Most IoT manufacturers who didn’t care to include security features in IoT development phase, will now include such techniques to make their devices secure enough to use. Hence, in 2018, you will see many IoT products with upgraded security features.
Apps Will Incorporate AI and Behavioral Analytics
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Application will become smarter, thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning. Deep learning will help applications to learn by itself. It will empower them learn the smallest user behavior and even develop their own language to communicate with each other. Website applications will learn user behavior and judge whether a real person is performing the action or not. Hence, bot attacks can reduced to a bigger extent providing enhanced security to user data.
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Thus, security vendors take the help of deep learning and machine learning to detect and remove threats. Moreover, companies will focus on real-time detection rather than their prevention.
Increased Cloud Security
As cloud services are advancing and more users are accepting the technology, service providers will focus more on cloud security especially SaaS and IaaS platforms. The platforms will incorporate improved security features in 2018. Moreover, companies will ensure that measures are taken to prevent insider attacks in the cloud industry.
Tools that detect intrusion into cloud will experience a stronger demand in the new year.
Robo-Hunters: Automated Threat-seekers
IT security experts know that threat detections are very important for smart products that vital user information. Well, it is also necessary to hunt down or remove those detections. Hence, we believe that the new year will witness many machines and applications that can perform the task. Applications known as ‘Robo-hunters’ can hunt down cyber threats much earlier than they do any damage to data. These machines are automatic threat-seekers that can act for humans. They are powered by Artificial Intelligence and can scan the complete environment to detect the potential threat.
Therefore, they learn from the user behavior and remove threats like compromised devices or bad packets. Many organizations have already set their path to induce threat hunting applications in their defense systems.
Quick Responsive Software Due to Machine Learning
Threats should be detected and removed quickly to prevent damage of user data and the device. Therefore, machine learning will be added to the defense system for quick education of protection tools against cyber threats. In 2018, your protection programs will use machine learning for smarter and quicker response against various cyber attacks. There will be tools that will communicate with devices to allow quicker resolution of security problems.
The Comeback of Zero Trust Security Policy
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A decade ago, IT teams in the organizations stopped users from using devices that were not provided by the organization. The policy is called “Zero Trust” policy. Due to constant rise in cyber attacks, many organizations in 2018 will adopt again the “zero trust” policy. Though the policy will not so rigid like its predecessor, it will empower IT teams to not disallow anybody other than their users. Hence, it will strengthen organizational security.
There will be severe authentication measures to verify identities of the users. It will verify whether the user has access to particular sets of data and then validate the user to use the data.
Organizations may implement a cloud-based authentication system for quick authentication and verification.
Blockchain Will Help Cyber-security
Blockchain is an emerging technology and it has got a lot to offer. The technology can help in improving cybersecurity around identity authentication and management.
Blockchain is a transparent technology and thus its feature will be used to strengthen security. Companies will implement Blockchain to make their transactions more visible within the organization. Hence, the Blockchain administrator who monitors all transactions can discontinue a transaction as soon as he finds it suspicious. Again, organizations can implement “zero trust” policy with the help of Blockchain.
The technology can also be used in forensic investigations. Other utilizations of Blockchain will come out in 2018.
More focus on Real-time Detection Than Prevention
You will witness more products that feature real-time threat detection. The companies will have larger focus on detection of threats. They will invest more money in sciences like Machine Learning and Deep Learning to invent better threat discovery models. The software will focus on quick response but will still maintain the threat prevention approach. However, organizations will continue to build tools that can immediately act upon warnings in both small and large networks
Products will be smarter and more secure than ever in 2018. When it comes to cybersecurity, things are quite scary. Hence, only a more sophisticated approach to counter ever-evolving cyber attacks can save your data. Hope this article fulfills its aim to keep you more updated about the latest IT trends in cybersecurity. Connect with us in the comments below and Subscribe our Newsletter.