In today’s increasingly digital world, technology continues to make advancements regarding consumer electronics, opening up broad avenues for future development. Smartphones continue to advance in capabilities, now touting features like 100-megapixel cameras or the ability to fold in half despite a solid touch screen.
Self-driving cars have been more and more popular as improvements make them more viable in the market. And with the increasing need for speed in today’s technological world, 5G internet speeds have developed to fulfill such a requirement.
Consumer electronics have advanced in leaps and bounds over the years, and continue to do so as time progresses.
What about Cybersecurity?
As consumer electronics continue to advance, so too does cybersecurity rush along to keep up with the demands of consumer needs for protection and security. Bigger and bigger cyberattacks are enabled through this constantly advancing environment, which means cybersecurity must make new developments and respond to recent trends to counter cyberthreats.
In 2020, the new trends are things such as artificial intelligence, industry collaboration, securing the public cloud, biometrics and identity-based credentials in a Zero Trust system, and the rise of nation-states as both antagonists and combatants in regards to cybersecurity. 2020 marks an increasingly expanded frontier of cybersecurity, one that is becoming more and more complicated.
No longer can one company develop tools for security. As hackers become more powerful, industries must come together to protect the system as a whole.
Artificial intelligence is one of the tools used in 2020 to augment cybersecurity. It helps develop endpoint protection software to help stop the tide of cyberattacks that are coming on a more and more grand scale. However, at the same time, hackers are also using artificial intelligence.
It is a double-edged sword in the sense that as much as it can help security, it can also be used to penetrate it. Hackers use artificial intelligence to develop more complex ransomware programs that do untold damage to security systems and companies as a whole.
How are the Hackers Doing?
In 2020, hackers are using new ways to produce cyberattacks, making cyberattacks themselves more prevalent and more damaging. Damage that cyberattacks can do has been heavily publicized in recent years. From attacks on government sites to large businesses, cyberattacks have proven to be an effective means for getting people and governments to do what hackers want while doing the most damage at the same time.
With the proliferation of mobile devices, 2020 will see a lot more cyberattacks to try to get through mobile device protections and get into the databases such devices are connected to.
Hackers will seek to attack through mobile payment scams and frauds, as well as compromising location data, using a new trend of Deepfakes, AI being used to mimic identities. Such attacks have been seen in recent days with new phone technology, especially with the rollout of 5G, as well as new phones on the market moving toward facial identification to access data.
It appears that there is an overarching trend between the advancements in cybersecurity and the advancements in cyberattacks, as each builds on the other and uses the other’s tricks and methods to combat the hackers. Whatever technology is created to combat cyberattacks is then turned around by hackers and used to compromise cybersecurity.
How Can You Stay Ahead of the Pack?
In the constantly changing field of cybersecurity vs. cyberattacks, it may seem like there is no stemming the tide of hackers. However, you can stay ahead of the pack through advanced cybersecurity options and products. A critical cybersecurity option lies in high-quality endpoint security products. These security measures include complete visibility of threats and how threats affect the system, effective prevention of threats once detected through antispam techniques, as well as application control, web reputation, and optimized threat intelligence tools for a managed detection and response.
Endpoint security must remain the most prominent of the options, however, as hackers target endpoints first since they tend to be weakest parts of a security system and the easiest area for exploitation of cyberattacks.
Advancements and Defense
The digital world is advancing by leaps and bounds. This means the need for proper cybersecurity is of utmost importance. However, as cybersecurity develops, so too do cyberattacks, using the same kinds of advancements at each stage.
It is a constant battle between defender and attacker. There are some winners, some losers, but what ultimately counts is keeping up the fight using advanced cybersecurity methods to prevent and lessen cyberattacks.