The war between security experts charged with the responsibility of protecting information and cyber-criminals who threaten to compromise the integrity of data for different entities has become a cat and mouse game.For instance, as soon as white hats counter one form of malicious behavior using encryption tools, there is the almost immediate development of yet another malevolent form of threat for information systems.The increasing digital connectivity and the automation of virtually all processes in the world of business throughout the whole value chain have led to the creation of agility. This has also led to the development of extremely high levels of threat and significantly raised the risk of cybersecurity.The building of cyber-security into applications is critical in addressing such risks, as well as all the devices that are interconnected from the very beginning. In this article, we are going to highlight the emerging technologies that will boost the security of information systems from being compromised by hackers.Hardware authenticationIt is a well-known fact that passwords and usernames used by a majority of data users are weak. This makes it easy for hackers to get access to the information systems and compromise sensitive data of a business entity or government agency.In turn, this has exerted pressure on experts of systems security to come up with authentication methods that are more secure. One of the ways that has been used is the development of user hardware authentication.Tech gurus have developed a solution in the user authentication process with a new Core vPro processor that belongs to the sixth generation of processors. The core vPro can combine different hardware components with enhanced factors simultaneously for user identity validation purposes.The tech company Intel has built on previous experiences and mistakes and dedicated a portion of the processor for security reasons to make a device part of the entire process of authentication.Hardware authentication can be especially important when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT) where the network of connected devices ensures that any device that seeks to be connected has the rights for connectivity to that particular network.Cloud technologyThe cloud is set to have a significant impact on the transformation of systems security technology. More business enterprises and government agencies have embraced cloud technology to store the vast amounts of information that they generate on a daily basis.There will be more approaches to information systems security that will be developed for use in the cloud. Techniques for on-premise data storage will be migrated to the cloud. Components such as virtualized intrusion detection and prevention systems, virtualized firewalls and virtualized systems security will now be used from the cloud as opposed to the traditional forms.For instance, both private and public entities have doubled up their data center security by the use of IaaS services, such as Firehost and Amazon. Another perfect example of certified secure enough services that are based on the cloud is the GSA FedRAMP, which makes it easier for the small- to medium-sized business enterprises to have a data security center that is above average.Deep learningSome technologies are encompassed in deep learning, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. There is a significant deal of interest for purposes of systems security in these technologies.Deep learning, just like behavior analytics, focuses on anomalous behavior. Whenever AI and machine learning systems are fed with the right data regarding potential systems security threats, they can make decisions on how to prevent hacks depending on their immediate environment without any human input.The system scrutinizes entities instead of users that have access to the information system. The most recent developments in machine learning technology and exact business analytics means that we can now be able to analyze the different entities that are found in the enterprise at both the macro and the micro levels. Business organizations and government agencies can now be able to stamp out any persistent or advanced cyber threats using artificial intelligence and machine learning.As you can see, attacks can come from any loose end. It is important to keep up with the latest technologies as to not only stay updated but safe, as well. This isn’t to say that out current security procedures are for naught, however.We should be leveraging these new technologies with the existing fundamentals that are in place. It is important to remember that 85 percent of breaches come from not securing the first 6 critical security controls. By combining new technologies with fundamental security controls, you will have the confidence that your information is safe and out of reach.
About the Author: Rick Delgado is a freelancer tech writer and commentator. He enjoys writing about new technologies and trends, and how they can help us. Rick occasionally writes for several tech companies and industry publications.Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this and other guest author articles are solely those of the contributor, and do not necessarily reflect those of Tripwire, Inc.