The 21st century has brought upon a new battleground where war is waged on a daily basis: cyberspace. Hacking, both ethical and non-ethical, has especially exploded in popularity over the last several years as internet-based technology continues to surge.
This presents a number of challenges to those trying to protect their sensitive data and networks. One of these is that cyber-thieves typically have a leg up on the data defenders. They’re constantly innovating and creating more sophisticated attacks. As soon as cybersecurity defense learns how to stop one attack, another is already wreaking havoc.
The good news is that there are plenty of new companies emerging in an effort to introduce better technology and stay ahead of cyber-thieves. Below are 3 new technologies that hope to level the cybersecurity playing field.
- Cloud-Based Technology
This first one is the most widely known and is something you’ve likely heard of. The “cloud” refers to remote storage of data at a centralized location.
Yes, the cloud presents a number of new cybersecurity risks in of itself; however, it also shifts the battlefield in favor of cybersecurity defense. Currently, many companies must have a strong cybersecurity infrastructure to protect their data. As the movement towards infrastructure-as-a-service progresses, the vast majority of the cybersecurity challenges will fall onto the cloud service providers.
This means that the people who specialize in cybersecurity will be primarily leading the assault, and those less experienced can focus more on their core business goals.
- Analytics to Track User Behavior
Arguably the biggest risk a business faces in cyberspace is their own employees. With new technology coming out that can track detailed user behavior, this risk can be mitigated which makes dealing with the aftermath much less damaging.
This is more robust than your average internet monitoring software. User behavior can be used to mitigate risk by pinpointing the people who frequently engage in high-risk computer use. Then they can be properly educated and trained to decrease the likelihood of a cybersecurity mishap.
On the backend, if a person’s account and password were to be compromised, the amount of data harmed could be drastically reduced. User behavior analytics would be able to recognize differences in a typical employee’s behavior and the actions of a hacker with malicious intent.
- Hardware Authentication
It’s fairly common knowledge in the cybersecurity world that current authentication practices, requiring only usernames and passwords, are not nearly secure enough. Companies like Intel chose to tackle this problem head on, and what they’ve come up with is hardware with their own authentication baked in.
This will be an important piece of tech to have as more devices are added to the Internet of Things (Iot). Built-in hardware authentication would ensure that your devices are the ones hooked into your network and that no one else can easily access them.
The cybersecurity battle likely won’t end anytime soon. Technologies like those listed above are great strides in ensuring the safety of everyone involved. It’s going to be fascinating to see where the technology trends over the next few years and beyond. Hang on for a wild ride.