It seems as though the cat and mouse chase between hackers and site defenders is not ending any day soon. Over the past few decades, data hacking has increased exponentially, with hackers shifting their attack targets from big companies to small businesses and consumers. This has seen cyber-attacks increase in number, skyrocketing higher in some places. Despite tech advancements and systems sophistication, cyber-attacks are becoming more persistent and complex. And if counteractive measures will not be put in place to improve online security, the losses suffered by businesses and organizations due to cybersecurity breaches may continue to rise in the future.
The major problem, however, lies in how businesses are approaching cybersecurity. Instead of beating hackers at their own game, companies, businesses, and consumers are utilizing manual processes, unguarded point tools, and to make matters worse, most institutions are short-staffed.
So, do we need improved online security in 2020? Of course, we do! Here’s what to expect:
Government Organizations Are Upgrading
Due to the many loopholes that exist in today’s internet-based transactions, operations, and data management systems, government organizations are adopting new online security standards in an attempt to protect sensitive information. If you’re working with the DoD as a contractor by 2020, for instance, you’ll be required to undergo a cyber security audit by a recognized audit organization before you can bid on contracts. Even though it’s still in the drafting stages, the new data security standard is known as CMMC, for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. This only means that it’s high-time companies intending to do business with government entities in the future to rethink their information defenses.
Reinforced and Distributed Security on Cloud-based Platforms
Today, more businesses are relying on cloud-based platforms for data storage and business operation management among other uses. The top security concern when it comes to cloud computing is data leakage and loss. Since the inception of this idea, cloud computing has continued to experience attacks that range from phishing, account hijacking, and malware injections, just to name a few. To counter these, the brains behind cybersecurity technology will distribute reinforced security controls not only on the on-premise systems, but to the network edge and in the shared cloud. But this means that companies and businesses will need to upgrade their actual software and hardware-based security systems to high-performing security systems.
Fighting AI with AI
As we speak, hackers are using highly sophisticated networks to leverage on what AI can and cannot do. But with improved AI threat assessment tools, it will be easier to exploit the vulnerabilities and security loopholes that cannot be detected even by the most proficient IT teams. This is because unlike human ability, Artificial Intelligence is a lot faster, accurate, and thorough.
Creation of Online Security Awareness
Surprisingly, most people are still in the dark in matters cybersecurity. If this wasn’t so, cybersecurity cases could be on the low and the demand for cybersecurity professionals wouldn’t be as alarming as it currently is. The use of effective cybersecurity awareness campaigns will help to educate the masses, employers, and employees on the importance of safe browsing practices. In addition to this, it will also help to educate the consumers of the real-world online threats they can encounter. This will help in developing consumers who are better at password construction and who are more focused on information protection.
With the ever-increasing cases of cyber-attacks, more needs to be done in helping to minimize online security threats and losses. It’s time to take back control over your security issues at work or home. So if your business or organization is not security-oriented, it’s time you did something about it. Whether it’s at home, at school, or work, there are limitless possibilities to expect and explore come 2020.