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Three New Challenges That Security Tech Must Face

The cybersecurity industry is projected to be around $1 trillion by 2025, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. In 2017, it was worth only $120 billion. Cybersecurity is becoming more of a necessity by the day. Large entities such as United Airlines have gone as far as paying hackers to expose security weaknesses

This is because as security innovates, so do hackers. Every day brings new challenges to those who aim to protect sensitive data. Now, with e-commerce and industry making them more prone to cyber attacks, the need to overcome these challenges is more dire than ever. Here are the top three challenges that cybersecurity must face in 2020 onwards.

More Small Targets = Easy Pickings for Hackers

It’s true that having data focused in one place is an IT weakness. Corporations can still protect themselves by investing in better protection. However, more employees are working from home than ever before. Thus, leaving companies more vulnerable without proper protection. 

If hackers get a hold of enough of those, they can soon threaten the larger corporate data structure. As a result, security tech must adapt to the workforce becoming more spread out and increase the number of smaller businesses.

AI-Assisted Hacking 

In an increasingly automated world, even hacking no longer requires active participation. Cybersecurity experts point to the recent US government shutdown as a foreshadowing of what AI hacking can do. This is because most security staff were off duty at the time, leaving the system wide open for hackers. The effects of leaving a system undefended like that can be felt for weeks, if not, years to come.

If AI hacking catches on, the exploitation of security lapses will become a constant threat. Security staff can’t be on duty 100% of the time. So, there needs to be more focus on developing automated security measures. Fortunately, top security firms like DSC, are seeing the danger that AI hacking poses. Such firms are putting in increased efforts to improve cybersecurity AI as well as physical security AI. 

Growing Number of Platforms to Secure

“The Cloud” involves a whole suite of platforms instead of just one or two, becoming the “multi-cloud.” Cybersecurity now has to defend multiple points at once. Hence, security must become “cross-cloud” as an answer to the ever-growing number of cloud services.

A single unifying solution for all cloud platforms will remove any redundant or conflicting functions. This will ultimately make the security process more efficient. It will also take away hackers’ ability to target more weakly defended clouds. Even if the assets in such clouds aren’t as important, it still gives hackers some leverage when they get hold of it.

The only constant is change, and in cybersecurity, things are no different. Fortunately, innovations in security are fast overtaking innovations in hacking. This is all thanks to security firms seeing the value in working closely with white hat hackers. With enough bold moves to deny criminals their advantage, cybersecurity will solve these three challenges in no time.