Cyber Security Trends for 2018

Cybersecurity is a challenge for all companies and organisations that use the internet to process or store data. As you work on securing your company’s data there are other equally capable people that are looking for loopholes in your system that they can exploit. 2018 is going to be no different – cybersecurity experts are going to keep improving their systems and cyberattacks are also going to get more complex.

In trying to keep company data secure in 2018, companies are not only going to improve their systems but also change the some aspects of the approach used.

1. Focus on cloud security
Cloud computing arguably attained its potential this year. As with other internet based technologies, cloud security has been a major concern for many companies. In 2018, the threat to systems using cloud technology are going to be at a higher risk of cyber attacks and companies will have to be a lot more vigilant.

In order to ensure your company’s cloud security, you will need to be more careful in deciding who you can trust. You will also need to develop company policies and systems that require and promote identification of the organisation’s cloud system.

2. The ‘zero trust’ security approach
The zero trust approach is applicable even in addressing the cloud security issues discussed above. Although the approach has been around for a while, you might want to apply it differently in 2018. In the traditional approach, the company’s IT people would restrict staff from using devices and applications that are not issued by the organisation.

In the 2018 zero trust approach, you can allow your employees to use any devices to access the systems. However, the use of authentication processes will have to be more efficient and strict. In this approach, you can ensure that only authorised users can access certain sets of company data after authentication. Due to the multi-layered levels of authentication required, this approach would be best implemented in cloud-based systems.

Your company, like most others, probably uses the protect-and-prevent approach in cybersecurity. However, this has proven to be a very costly and inefficient approach because it basically requires you to predict all the attackers’ moves. As a result you use too much effort in creating a security system while the hacker needs just one loophole to exploit.

In 2018, companies that are focused on efficiency will shift to detection and response. With this approach, your security system will be set to detect any attempt to compromise your systems and remedy it in good time. This would be most efficient if applied in conjunction with the prevention method.

4. Blockchain in cybersecurity
Many people have only gotten to know about the potential of blockchain technology through Cryptocurrency. As the technology is being utilised, it is becoming common knowledge that it offers many more opportunities. Cybersecurity is one of those areas that people have only started to appreciate blockchain technology can revolutionise.

The blockchain technology can be used to improve the process of user authentication significantly. The technology works by allowing the formation of a digital ledger of transactions which is shared through connected computers.

By creating such a system in the organization, you will have a transparent platform through which all “transactions” can be monitored. Any abnormal and illegal online activity will then be easy to isolate and eliminated. Such illegal activities can also be analysed later if there is need for a forensic audit of the system.

Experts have known for a long time that blockchain holds much potential. But much of it only becoming public knowledge. In 2018, much of the potential will be exploited and it is highly probable that it will be used in cybersecurity.

5. Artificial intelligence “deep learning”
Artificial Intelligence will also have a role to play in cybersecurity in 2018. Through a technique called deep learning, artificial intelligence technologies will be able to analyse the behaviors of individual users. As you continuously use the company’s systems, the AI will identify your behavioral patterns which it will serve as your identity.
If a hacker happens to use your credentials to gain access to the system, the AI security system will be able to detect it is not you based on the activities that the hacker will carry out after logging in. If it detects that it is not you, the imposter may be logged out or other security actions will be taken depending on the settings. As many organizations struggle with the issue of cybersecurity, this is one of the technologies that is likely to be explored widely in 2018.

There will always be cybersecurity concerns as long as people are using internet. Next year, companies will be having more and more public cloud platforms thus exposing them to even more risk. Avert this risk by liaising with your service provider and experts. They will provide the necessary guidelines and suggestions to help you stay secure. That way you’ll be able to focus on the core issues of your business and improve your bottom line.

DEFSYS Group is an all round technology company equipped to help protect your organisation from cybersecurity threats. For more information, please get in touch with one of our experienced technologists.

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