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The Future of Cybersecurity

Keeping up with the advancements in cybersecurity is enough to make anyone’s head spin, especially with the rapid pace of development the industry is undergoing.

The huge amount of data being produced on a daily basis, which is expected to grow exponentially in the era of AI,  is creating a multitude of opportunities for cybercriminals – and a desperate urgency for organisations to close their security gaps before it’s too late.

As a forward-thinking provider of secure cloud storage solutions, Soteria is committed to being ahead of the curve. Here are some of the big future cloud trends in cybersecurity that are currently on our minds. We think they should be on yours too.

Cyberattacks on smart vehicles

Today, cars can do so much more than give directions using GPS.

The full range of digital features found in modern vehicles, especially in the luxury category, extends to optional seat heating features, real time, tracking for accident and breakdown assistance, and cloud-based subscriptions that enhance the driver’s experience.

While these features are hugely impressive from a technological point of view, they also open the door to data theft and the potential for virtual hijacking.

  • As cars transmit information to the cloud in real time, there’s no doubt that cybercriminals try to find a way to infiltrate it. With multiple devices linked to the vehicle, hackers could find a way to access the driver’s personal information remotely.
  • The worst case scenario would be a virtual hijacking situation where the vehicle’s security systems or transmission is held to ransom, using malicious software rendering the car immobile until a fee is paid.

Car manufacturers will need to invest in the latest encryption technology to convince customers that their data is safe while they’re behind the wheel.

AI powered cybersecurity

The implementation of AI is becoming commonplace in every industry, and cybersecurity is no exception.

  • AI systems can be developed and used to scan large amounts of data to detect potential malware and other undesirable software.
  • AI can also monitor data traffic on a network and identify irregular file transfers and other activity which could be signs of a cyberattack.

As artificial intelligence applications take over routine cybersecurity tasks from humans, the IT department will need to shift its attention from monitoring and evaluation to sustainable strategic planning and cybersecurity response strategy.

This is especially vital since the number of cyberattacks is expected to increase exponentially as cybercriminals themselves harness AI to carry out their attacks.

State sponsored cyberattacks

Several geopolitical conflicts around the world have revealed how governments are using cyberattacks to undermine each other, prompting some experts to say that cyberattacks are now a legitimate form of warfare.

  • Hacking and denial of service attacks against government websites around the world have increased over the past few years.
  • As conventional warfare turns to drone strikes and other automated weapons the potential for a foreign government to attempt a takeover of enemy equipment is probably not far away.

These attacks could have severe consequences and escalate conflicts in areas like the Middle East, as well as tensions between the US and China. However, South Africa is not immune from these attacks with several government departments having been victims of cyberattacks over the past year.

Future solution: secure data at all costs

The future of cybersecurity will be centred on managing vast amounts of data and preventing it from falling into the wrong hands.

Products like our range of secure cloud storage packages for businesses of any size will continue to be the cornerstone of an effective cybersecurity policy.

As organisations move to secure their data at any cost, our clients can rest easy knowing that our solutions are priced competitively to keep costs down.

Choose the package that suits your monthly data requirements and budget for instant data protection and peace of mind.