We Have Seen the Future of IT Security – and It Is Scary
The future can be a very bright and wonderful place unless you are a network administrator attempting to keep your infrastructure safe from ever-more-creative attacks. Cybersecurity influencers around the world are weighing in on what we can expect in the next 5, 10 or even 20 years and some of the answers are scary. Malware, specifically ransomware, has been in the news a great deal lately and the billions of dollars changing hands globally for this new threat means that cybercriminals will not be giving up on this strategy anytime soon. As the internet continues to provide opportunities for new business models, information technology professionals must stay up-to-date and fully aware of the ongoing threats headed in the direction of their sensitive data and network infrastructure. Preparing for these future threats is the big challenge, as there is no way to fully predict how key drivers of technological change will impact IT security.
Artificial Intelligence, IoT and Blockchain
Emerging trends in technology such as cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and blockchain could have both positive and negative effects on the security of your information technology world, but the net effect can be difficult to deduce. Cybersecurity professionals are working hard with predictive analytics to identify attacks as they are happening or as soon as possible after they happen and take steps to stop them. Hackers are also utilizing similar tools to create exploits. Unfortunately, the cybercriminals are the ones with time on their side as IT security pros are often putting out fires in a variety of different areas and may not be able to focus directly on thinking through future threats and how to protect against them. Utilizing a blockchain structure, which is essentially a chain of transactions distributed across systems, may be one of the most useful tools for defeating hackers as overcoming this model requires simultaneously changing all systems in the cryptographically-linked chain.
Keeping Attackers at Bay
While attackers may have the advantage at the moment, there are strong possibilities for the future with IT security professionals who are rethinking how to protect their organization. Instead of waiting for an attack to arise and attempting to defeat it or heal from it, these security pros are shoring up internet defenses to defend against incoming enemies. This immune system model creates a network that can heal itself from the inside out: identifying, adapting and healing to provide coverage against a variety of attack vectors. This adaptive coverage requires attackers to take extraordinary measures to break through the barriers — allowing savvy security pros to identify these anomalies and isolate them rapidly using AI and machine learning.
Changing Security Paradigms
Security professionals who are rooted in the older paradigm of providing enhanced security by limiting access to data and devices will find their patience sorely tested. The true value of a network is enhanced by the addition of individuals and data flowing through it, and the emerging threats will continue as complexity builds over the years. Additional endpoints, insecure passwords, poor user training and simple phishing attacks will continue to challenge security professionals both now and in the future — while the frequency of precise and sophisticated attacks continues to rise. One of the key ways that IT security professionals can manage the ascending complexity levels while allowing users to gain the access that they need to tools and information is to work with a trusted partner to supplement their defense. CoreArmor provides holistic protection for networks through four lenses: security, asset maintenance, platform scaling and analytics.
Defining the exact nature of threats in the future is next to impossible. However, what you can predict is that they will continue to grow in scale and complexity. Having Coretelligent as your partner, leveraging their CoreArmor protection, helps proactively protect information assets. Learn more about CoreArmor today at Coretelligent.com or by calling toll free 1-855-841-5888. Fill out our quick contact form and we will be in touch to discuss your network security or other infrastructure or hosting needs.