Implementing emerging technologies: What are you using and how?

Technology is one of those areas that changes rapidly. The internet was introduced to us in the late 1900s and now it governs almost every part of our lives. Smartphones were introduced in the late 2000s on a large scale and now about 48% of the population owns one, and if you narrow that down to North America, over 90% of people own a smartphone and use it daily. Since cybersecurity is all about protecting technology it needs to adopt just as quickly in order to make sure that all of these new devices are protected against potential threats. This article is going to highlight some of the biggest emerging technologies affecting cybersecurity: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning AI is a huge innovation in many areas and cybersecurity is one of them. The biggest application of this would be in behaviour analytics, which is simply a program's ability to detect behaviour that is deemed to be malicious. Signature based detection in firewalls has been found to be very ineffective as malware can easily change it’s signature without changing its function. But AI/Machine Learning driven solutions can identify malware by looking at it’s behaviour and other characteristics, which makes it a great counter for more sophisticated malware.

Quantum Computing

Quantum computers would introduce computational power that is several times greater than the machines we have now. This would disrupt our current standards for encryption and would require that we develop new and stronger encryption algorithms to keep our communications safe.

Internet of Things

The internet of things (IoT) simply alludes to the interconnection of millions or billions of devices on the internet. In addition to laptops and smartphones even things like healthcare devices are connected to the internet. While this allows for great convenience, it also means that all of these devices are in play for a potential hack. One example of this is electronic pacemakers, which have been shown to be vulnerable to cyber based attacks to potentially kill a patient. As more devices are integrated and connected to the internet, the scope of devices that need to be protected increases. Self Driving Cars

Self driving cars are something that we have been waiting on for years and in the last 5 years they have started being used by the general public. One implication of self-driving cars or smart cars in general is that they are vulnerable to being hacked just like any other piece of technology. However, given that these cars can move themselves, it’s possible for people to hack into these cars and steal them by inputting a GPS location and having the car drive there on their own. As cars become more integrated with technology, they take on the same vulnerabilities that any other internet connected device has.

Source @ secjuice

Smart Cities

A smart city is a technologically modern area that uses electronic methods to increase efficiency, share information and improve the quality of life for its citizens. However, the more we integrate our everyday life with technology the more we have to lose if we lose control of these resources. Smart Cities would mean that some of government services that were previously inaccessible to hackers will now be potential targets and a compromise of any of those resources could have big consequences for the citizens of that area.

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