The biggest security threat is technology, the problem in the world of tech is security. Everyday technology continues to evolve, which provides new opportunities and challenges. We’re at the point of crossroads — as we move from a society already entwined with the internet, to the coming age of automation, Big Data, and the Internet of Things.
In our lives today in almost everything we do we depend on the internet; which evolves around data and the technology that’s behind it. Just as technology brings greater opportunity and benefits, it also brings greater threats.
In every swift opportunity it brings, it becomes a focal point for cybercrime, industrial espionage to look into. That means protecting your details and information in a high sense of paramount priority.
Cybercriminals are discovering new ways to tap from the most sensitive and creative networks in the world, and protecting business data is a growing challenge.
We report by providing users with a forward-looking view of the biggest security threats in emerging tech. So that why we’ve outlined some of the cybersecurity threats in the world of tech, and how you can fix them using IT security measures.
1. Outdated security software
Updating your security software is a must for basic technology management practice, and a mandatory step to protecting big data. Software is developed to protect computers against known threats. When software is updated, it is meant to solve particular security issues and fix flaws.
If no update is made to the security software, it means that any new malicious code or program that hits the outdated version of the security software will go undetected when it is hit by Cybercriminals. That’s the more reason you should update your antivirus definition.
2. New technology with limited security
Newer technology than the previous decade. New gadgets that are being developed have internet access, but with a no-plan for security. A no-plan for security can cause an unsecured connection between the internet and gadgets when connected to the internet. Each unsecured connection means the device is an open vulnerability.
3. Lack of encryption
One of the reasons cybercriminals easily get into the business database is because it’s an unprotected database. Protecting sensitive business data is a top priority, and putting the good measure to ensure it’s secure and doesn’t have a loophole. Encrypting your device to protect important data is one of the reasons HIPAA compliance requires every computer to be encrypted.
4. Neglecting proper configuration
Companies neglect the importance of proper configuring in their security settings, Big data tools come with the ability to fit an organization’s needs and requests.
The issue of neglecting proper configuration has previously affected one of the top news sites in the U.S. The New York Times had a data breach, as a result of enabling only one of the several critical functionalities needed to fully protect the organization’s information, and data.
5. Election hijacking
Election hijacking is one of the major technology threats in a country with high risks in politics. This is always going to be a topic to talk about. Countries using electronic means to vote — they’re most likely to be hijacked, by-election manipulators. Election hijacking is caused by cyberattacks on the point of the voting process.
6. Weaponisation AI
AI can be used for all things, security firms have been using neural networks, machine learning, and other AI technologies to better expect cyber attacks. But hackers are adopting the same AI technologies to perfect their attacks.
AI technology can help hackers to design malware that’s even better at fooling “sandboxes,” or security programs that try to spot rogue code before it is deployed in companies’ systems.
7. Cyber-physical attacks
Hackers are now targeting electrical grids and transportation systems, this can cause immediate disruption — which hijacks vital systems and threatens to wreak havoc unless a certain amount is paid to regain control. To protect yourself against these threats, we recommend you take the following actions:
- Screen your employees, embedding appropriate clauses in employment contracts.
- Invest in special measures to protect individuals with privileged access.
- Foster a culture of trust while verifying and monitoring appropriate system access.
- Identify your mission-critical information assets and the individuals who own and access them.
To make good decisions, your business depends upon accurate and reliable information. If the integrity of that information is compromised, so is your business. Your business may be high-tech and digital, but your employees still exist in the physical world, and that makes them vulnerable to blackmail.
The individuals with privileged access may be the insiders it may be your senior business managers or executives, but they could be anybody, so watch out. Doing these will allow you to avoid the biggest security threats.