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What Is Cybersecurity Going to Look Like in the Future? Expert Opinions Differ

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By Susan Hoffman
Contributor, InCyberDefense

Note: This article is part of a university series for National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. This week’s theme is Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet.

What is the future of cybersecurity? It depends on who you ask.

The Internet of Things has brought more and more electronic devices to our homes and workplaces. As a result, homeowners and companies will require ever-increasing security to ensure that those devices and data remain protected. But experts differ in regard to what form that security will take.

Harvard Business Review Cyber Expert Predicts that Artificial Intelligence Is in Cybersecurity’s Future

Writing for the Harvard Business Review, cybersecurity researcher Dr. Roman Yampolskiy predicts a greater number of cyberattacks assisted by artificial intelligence. He notes, “In the near future, as artificial intelligence (AI) systems become more capable, we will begin to see more automated and increasingly sophisticated social engineering attacks. The rise of AI-enabled cyberattacks is expected to cause an explosion of network penetrations, personal data thefts, and an epidemic-level spread of intelligent computer viruses.”

Yampolskiy also observes that security failures could have more damaging results than the loss of money or privacy. If AI evolved past human ability to control it, AI could potentially cause some catastrophic event that could affect multiple populations worldwide.

SecurityIntelligence Writer Says Cognitive Security Will Help Security Professionals Predict Criminal Activity

In a blog article from SecurityIntelligence, “The Future of Cybersecurity,” writer and IBM security professional Domenico Raguseo notes that big data will be a sought-after target by hackers. At the same time, he points out that online criminal activity often leaves a digital trail to be followed, but analyzing the massive amount of data involved in that trail can take days.

Raguseo says that cognitive security will be a boon to IT professionals. He observes, “With machine learning, IT professionals can process threat data more efficiently and more accurately predict criminal activity.”

Gartner Blog Contributor Notes Hard Realities of Cybersecurity and Demand for Highly Skilled Professionals

According to Kasey Panetta, author of “5 Trends in Cybersecurity for 2017 and 2018” for the Gartner blog, there will be five security trends for organizations throughout 2017 and 2018:

  • A call for more skills in data science and analytics as cybersecurity evolves further
  • Cloud security as a top priority
  • A greater focus on detection and response, rather than protection and prevention
  • Application and data security led by development operation centers
  • Digital ecosystems driving next generation cybersecurity

Panetta notes, “Adaptive skills will be key for the next phase of cybersecurity.” For those interested in cybersecurity careers, they will need to be both knowledgeable and versatile to face the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape.

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