With the world on a seemingly deterministic course towards automation and Internet of Things (IoT), the adaptation and integration of new protocols, bots and devices into our work and home environments means individuals and organisations will be increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. We chatted with one of Australia’s youngest rising tech stars, founder of CIO Cyber Security Andrew Constantine on why there need be no rules in cyber space…

By Joanne Leila Smith

In a 2017 report released by Dimension Data, the cyber security sector has been pegged for some serious industry disruption in 2018, with increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks forcing organisations to adopt a ‘zero-trust security model’. This means more robust user authentication measures through various layers of user credentials over a cloud-based platform will be necessary.

Deep learning will aid this process as artificial intelligence and behavioural analytics will help gauge whether attempts to access data is made by an authorised user or an imposter. To punctuate the inroads deep learning is making, Dimension Data pointed to a recent example whereby Google turned off its machine learning toolset, only to discover that the machines were educating themselves to such an extend that they began to create a new language which system developers did not understand. Deep learning provides organisations an added layer of defense over standard authentication models.

We can also expect to see blockchain technology as another tool of the zero-trust model, which will help an organisation to detect suspicious behaviour and isolate the connection until the user has been authenticated.

According to Dimension Data, blockchain is already being used in public key infrastructure (cryptography used to secure emails, websites etc) as a distributed ledger of domains provide better security than a central database.

The report also predicts deception technologies will be further developed to mitigate the vulnerabilities of IoT sensors being maliciously hacked. Deception technologies (sometimes referred to as ‘honeypots’) introduce thousands of fake credentials onto a network, making it mathematically impossible for hackers to gain access to a legitimate set of user identities. Once a hacker taps a fake credential, the tech team will receive an alert that an unauthorized user is loitering inside the network.

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