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Cyber security is one of the greatest man-made challenges of our time

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01 August 2017

Ben Azvine

Blogs by author: Ben Azvine, Head of Security Futures Practice

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Cyber security is, in my opinion, one of the greatest man-made challenges of our time. The frequency and impact of breaches is increasing and we need to continuously adapt and innovate to stay ahead of the threat environment.

It might surprise you, but:

Security innovation is an essential defence against new threats

New threats are coming from a number of places, but let’s look at two specifically: the rise of new technologies, and a change in the motivation of attackers.

With the growth of artificial intelligence, quantum computing, digital currencies and Blockchain, big data and IoT, it will be easier than ever to do business and live our lives over the next decade. New technology can also be used to create new and unexpected threats, such as ransomware or the use of bitcoin by cybercriminals.

The downside to this is that it also leaves us vulnerable to new security risks, there are some fundamental questions to ask such as:

-        How can we make sure AI systems are learning the right behaviour?

-        How can we detect or predict Cyber attacks in real time?

-        How can we secure our homes, cars and cities when everything is connected?

-        Can we use smart technologies to create a world without passwords?

-        How can we protect our network and data from most powerful computer attacks in the future?

Motivation of hackers has also changed. They’re no longer just teenage hackers looking for fame and kudos. There’s been a rise in organised criminal gangs and ideology-based ‘hactivism’, with groups coming together (such as Anonymous) to instigate large scale attacks. In the future we’ll see the rise of “Artificial hackers”, intelligent machines that can be programmed to replicate what hackers or hacktivists do but at scale. Large organisations can no longer be satisfied with the notion that because they have more resources than their attackers, they are a less attractive target for cyber-attacks.

It’s time to look at security from a new angle.

Our research and Innovation is aimed at further improving our defences to prevent attacks, but also to complement prevention with detection and prediction. This balanced approach to security results in reduction of operational costs by predicting or improving response time to security breaches. It also delivers improvements in customer service by reducing down-time and complaints.

Take a look at our latest joint report with KPMG to find out more about the typical five stage cyber journey, the dangerous traps that you might fall into and our recommendations on how to keep moving forward to a position of true leadership.

We’re also sponsoring Industries of the future, an innovation event taking place on 27-29 September in London.

Why not join us on Thursday 28 September to hear from some of the world’s innovators about the future of cybersecurity and Blockchain?