Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important as more of our personal lives and business transactions shift online. On the other hand, the future of cybersecurity is unpredictable as the industry must constantly evolve to tackle more sophisticated criminals and malware. However, there are some developments to keep an eye on:
- More hackers
According to the research undertaken by the University of Maryland’s Michel Cukier revealed that computer hacks occur every 39 seconds on average. The majority of cyberattacks rely on automated scripts that crawl through databases, looking for vulnerabilities. Attack scripts are written by people with advanced technical capabilities and years of dark web expertise. It’s believed that the number of cyber crooks will grow in the future.
- AI will become the core of cybersecurity systems
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms can crunch data, automate tasks and make decisions faster than humans, but these technologies can create cybersecurity risks. Cybersecurity professionals will have to employ AI to detect security problems, address vulnerabilities and repel cyberattacks. AI can be embedded in user interfaces to alert users to potentially dangerous websites or poor security choices.
- Legacy tech will remain a problem
As demonstrated by the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attacks, which infected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, all running older versions of Windows, legacy systems are a severe cybersecurity risk. Despite the risks, companies worldwide still choose to rely on legacy tech, mainly because they are unwilling to invest in more robust security.
- Cultivating cybersecurity talent will be a priority
As cyberattacks become more complex and widespread, the demand for skilled cyber sleuths rises dramatically. There is currently a massive shortage of competent white and grey hackers and professional cyber sleuths. The gap between job vacancies and qualified professionals is expected to widen to roughly 2 million jobs by 2022.
It’s going to be costly and complicated for companies to employ the cybersecurity experts they require. Thus, it would be wise for companies to invest in infosec (Information security) training for existing employees.