As more of our physical world becomes digital, crime that was once rooted in “the real world” will become prevalent in cyber space. Attackers are always changing their methods, identifying these cyber security trends will help security professionals plan for addressing these issues in the coming year. While security professionals should try to prevent a breach, its far more critical to uncover breaches quickly and mitigate damage. Here are 3 prevalent trends today:

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1. AI powered attacks

Artificial intelligence will make existing cyber attacks efforts – things like identity theft, denial-of-service attacks and password cracking – more powerful and more efficient. Much like the human criminal counterpart, an AI with all the right information about a target could ultimately trick them into clicking anything or sending out any data desired. Using AI to go through that information means more people could be targeted in a much shorter length of time. More targets means more victims, putting more individuals — and the organizations they work for — at risk of having data stolen, which in turn puts more information into the public domain to be exploited.

2. Emerging standards for multi-factor authentication

Multi Factor Authentication, also called two factor authentication, means using some method beyond a simple username/password combination to prove who you are — such as a biometric fingerprint. Several emerging open standards and protocols for multi-factor authentication are making it possible to meet diverse user needs and still have consistent integration processes and user experiences across systems, devices and apps. For example, you can have a different type of authentication method for an employee who routinely accesses lower-risk applications than for a privileged user, but you can employ the same standards and protocols to incorporate and administer both.

3. The adoption of more sophisticated security technologies

Internet Of Things (IoT) Security soon we will see more electronic devices connected to each other. This evolving technology gives rise to #IoT security in protecting connected devices and networks. When considering IoT security, a key acknowledgement is that it has to be part of the device’s function, as opposed to a clip-on feature. These need to be embedded pre-hand at the operating system level. While analyzing a device or network’s life cycle some of the security technologies to consider are device authentication upgrades and patches, firewalls, specific protocol filtering, access roles and controls.

We hope you find these cyber security trends informative. As always, if you would like to get proactive with your personal or business protection, contact us.

Have an a secure and safe weekend!

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