Cybersecurity threats continue to expand and evolve. It’s therefore important to keep abreast of what the trends are, to better defend against them. In this first of two blogs, we address some of what the future holds.
The Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats
Cybersecurity threats have existed since the creation of the first computer virus in 1971. That was the “creeper” virus; a harmless application designed to replicate and move from computer to computer. With each passing day in our modern world new malware is created, and threats are increasing at an incredible speed.
Threats that include phishing, malware, and ransomware are continuously evolving, as cyber criminals regularly conceive innovative ways to conduct malicious hacking strategies to break into computer systems and find a way to stay there. This is proving difficult for many companies to keep up with. It has grown into a cat-and-mouse game between the hackers and cybersecurity professionals, each working to out-perform the other.
Here’s Looking at the Future of Cybersecurity Threats:
More Ransomware Threats
Ransomware is one of the biggest cybersecurity problems on the internet. It’s a form of malicious software—malware—that encrypts files and documents on anything from a single PC all the way up to an entire network, including Servers. Hackers also attempt to prevent data recovery by tactically targeting backup and recovery tools.
Quantum computing is increasingly gaining traction, with big tech companies setting out plans to deliver high-powered quantum computing hardware in the next few years. The power of quantum computing could provide benefits to society in many ways, particularly when it comes to science, research, analyzing algorithms, as well as improving artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The rise of quantum computing, however, poses a threat to traditional cybersecurity and encryption because quantum computers could break public-key cryptography – it’s something the White House has warned could be a threat to businesses and national security.
The Internet of Things Is Making Us More Vulnerable
Many different industries are increasingly rolling out Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices. From huge factories connecting IoT devices, hospitals using wearable technology to treat and monitor patients, to smart meters and other smart devices increasingly used in the home, more and more IoT products are being connected to networks.
Though useful, IoT products experience cyber threats because cyber criminals search for IoT devices facing the public internet and exploit the lack of security controls in many devices to gain access to networks.
Secure Remote Access
The recent shift to remote working or work-from-home is causing the need to guarantee the security of remote access. Just as companies need to rethink their security plans, attackers are also evolving their approach and finding new ways to target employees who are working in isolation but are connected to the corporate network.
Cybersecurity is an ever growing threat and a major concern for most organizations. If you believe your network has been breached or you want to protect your organization before a mishap occurs, BSC Solutions Group is here to help with our unmatched services and solutions. Book your free consultation today!