The headlines for the hacking industry have been diverse and quite interesting.

Latest digital securityIn 2014 alone, we had Sony Pictures breached, an adultery website being leaked, the infamous Snowden Leak bringing the White House on its toes, hackers stealing celeb pictures from their iCloud accounts, JP Morgan database compromised, New York Times threatened and hackers releasing emails that provoke killing of bear cubs. It this wasn’t enough, hackers were able to remotely crash a Jeep with people in it on a highway. There’s a lot more but these examples are enough to understand that hacking can happen to anything connected even remotely over the internet. The sophistication of modern cyber attacks is increasing and every time they are able to prove to be a step ahead than the standard security protocols.

The motivations behind these attacks have been many but what we are more concerned with is that information is prone to getting leaked. Hackers have been able to compromise confidential data, business information, defense databases and banking details among other, using some very common tools to their end. As a result, both organizations and individuals are fast learning the ways to securing their websites, online database and devices connected to the network. Here are some of the latest trends trying to make this a “hacking-free” world:

1. Incident prevention against incident response

Technologies today are more focused upon incident response than just the ways to prevention. As per Dimension Data Group’s GM for Security, Mr. Neil Campbell, “Data breaches like the “Target Hack” demand that we need to stop just focusing upon trying to stop the ‘bad elements’. Since a data breach is inevitable, companies need to pre-place a strategy that would help tackle the post-attack situation.” In situations when no plan is in place, it is obvious for the IT team to panic and ultimately increasing the severity of loss. “It’s just like being prepared for a fire outbreak in your office or a medical emergency. You know exactly what to do”. The main goals of this post-attack strategy should be to recover the evidences, identifying and working upon the root cause and undertaking a digital forensic investigation.

2. All round security monitoring and management

Hackers have always been unpredictable and surprising. They come with updated responses to updated security tools in place. The only way to minimize the risk is to stay updated about where the hacking industry is going. Becoming a proactive security manager requires staying informed about the attacks happening elsewhere and constantly updating your firewall. It even makes sense if you hire a third party security service provider for the job. Managed security service providers will be able to focus exclusively on the identification of malware and monitoring every network and device connected to the server. With top end security professionals getting scarce and security getting a more expensive process, managed services would be a advisable solution.

3. Security on the cloud

There has been an increased adoption of cloud based security through the year 2015. SaaS (Software as a Service) include platforms like secure cloud email and Web proxy that makes the overall job highly scalable. If your company’s headshot suddenly increased by double (through acquisitions as an example) cloud security will just need an amended license and everyone new gets immediately covered. Further, as many organizations are turning to cloud for workload storage and access, a cloud based security model seems more legitimate.

4. The journey from security technologies to security platforms

Rather than individual point products and devices gaining traction, 2015 will see a ride towards a secure platform. Security professionals will consequently need to deliver secure platforms that allow businesses to run multiple applications confidently. Previously, businesses purchased a different security product for each of their applications and this created complexity followed by human error and thus a breach. In fact, 95% of all cyber attacks can be reasoned by human errors. With security platforms in place, organizations will have a single and constant “security layer” that can be constantly updated according to the standards. This approach also aligns with mobility requirements of enterprises.

5. Endpoint security

There has been a appreciable resurgence in usage of endpoint security systems. Closely tied with “incident response” security professionals will now be looking into their PCS, smartphones and Macbook for breach hints and coming up with the required “response”. These will be supported by technologies that make the end easier. Alongside, application control is also set to emerge as a focus area to counter malicious coding.

2015 is certainly an exciting year for security professionals. Security will act as the differentiators between product lines, organization’s reputation and market reach. Everyone, from Google to individual web users is taking big steps towards making their digital activities guarded and authenticated.


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I mostly write technical aspects and not much into creative writing. For the past decade I worked along with top notch SEO & Internet Marketing professionals which naturally lured me into the world of Search Engines. When I am not writing I read from comics to philosophy.Antiques, Fishing, hunting are my passions. Currently I am working on Google Penalty protection and .... more info