4 Emerging Security Technologies

Call it a cat and mouse game or digital terror; but we know the ransomware and malware that have been developed and circulated by black hats are becoming more and more robust. The unfortunate truth is that this battle does not only exist in the realm of the black hats and white hats; it’s a tug of war that tarnishes company reputations, puts patients at risks and puts people out of business. To level the battlefield, here are 4 emerging security technologies you can make use of to keep yourself out of the line of fire.

4 emerging security technologies

Hardware Authentication

We all know the results of inadequate usernames and passwords. To further secure your device or even your application, it’s recommended you utilise two-factor authentication for that extra cushion. Hardware authentication is a security system that uses a hardware device to grant access to users. Additionally, it is frequently used to secure sensitive data on computer systems and networks. Examples include USB security keys, finger swipes and optical recognition. To ensure your hardware authentication is good and worth its weight, it requires three things:

  1. What you know – this could be a password or a security question
  2. Who you are – your username
  3. What you have – this can be a token from the USB security key or a finger print depending on the type of hardware authentication you are using.
User-Behaviour Analytics

User behaviour analytics (UBA) track, collect and assess the user data and activities using monitoring systems. The UBA has two functions: firstly, it establishes the baseline of the authentic user and, secondly, it distinguishes normal user behaviour from an anomaly or a malicious user. UBA does not protect your data from black hats though, it merely informs the system/computer when abnormal behaviour is taking place. It is recommended to use UBA with another software such as hardware authentication.

Data Loss Prevention

The data loss prevention as stated by Rouse from WhatIs.com is a “strategy for making sure that end users do not send sensitive or critical information outside the corporate network.” For extra protection, data loss protection makes use of technologies such as encryption and tokenisation. Installing data loss prevention means data cannot be decriminalise into monetary value (due to the tokenisation technology), data can be moved around securely and the business is able to comply with privacy laws.

Deep Learning

Though deep learning incorporates artificial intelligence and machine learning, in its entirety, it’s a tool used to implement machine learning. Deep learning can be described as a system that learns about the behaviour of entities in supervised or unsupervised manners. Deep learning can tell good software and a bad software apart, almost playing the role of a much more robust internet security for all software installed.

These emerging technologies are not the only answer to the question of how to protect your digital files, but in the meantime, they should be able to level the battlefield and ensure a higher level of security.

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