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While nobody can actually predict the future, when it comes to foreseeing advances in security systems, you can give it a good go. By looking back at the security developments of recent years, it suddenly becomes a lot easier to forecast what is likely to happen over the coming decade.
With 2020 almost here, and a brand-new decade on the horizon, looking forward is particularly important when it comes to security. Whether it be cybersecurity defence mechanisms, satellite surveillance systems, or physical security controls, security comprises many different disciplines, each with their own unique areas for technological improvement.
Join us as we take a look at what these main areas are, analysing how the security-sphere looks set to change over the coming months and years.
A recent survey released in The Guardian found that countries around the globe are starting to scale up their use of surveillance cameras and facial recognition systems. In the Chinese city of Chongqing, for instance, more than 2.58 million surveillance cameras watch over the 15.35 million people that live there – approximately one camera for every six residents.
Despite all the invasion of privacy connotations associated with this, the surveillance trend only looks set to continue as time moves on. From a security perspective, these systems make it easier to identify criminals, largely thanks to the rapid improvements made in facial recognition technology.
Big Brother is watching
Facial recognition technology will become more and more embedded into CCTV systems over the decade; it was even being used in parts of London until fairly recently, after the private operator in charge of the King’s Cross development was seen to be using it without warning the public first.
And herein lies a major issue. The ethics surrounding privacy looks set to disrupt the implementation improvement and installation of surveillance systems globally. While the technology may already be available, public scrutiny will be a big barrier to overcome when trying to develop bespoke, technologically-forward solutions. One thing’s for sure, security is certainly an issue that’ll remain in the public domain for years and years to come.
To many people, the rise of the internet has only been a good thing. It’s allowed us to become all much more interconnected after all, and has enabled businesses across the globe to gather useful data that ascertains how we make consumer-related decisions.
However, coupled with this interconnectivity has been a consistent rise in the number and complexity of large-scale cyber-attacks. With so much sensitive data now available online, hackers are now using more and more sophisticated approaches to infiltrate networks, access confidential documents and effectively hold major businesses to ransom.
Developing effective cybersecurity approaches has therefore become of upmost importance over the years, protecting companies across the world against potential attacks. Up to this point, most pre-existing security solutions have been developed using human logic which, while may have been fine in the past, is now becoming less and less effective. As such, many cybersecurity firms are now looking to develop new ways of combatting such threats, pinning a lot of hope on the potential of artificial intelligence (AI).
The Rise of AI
When you think of AI, it’s all too easy to conjure up images of Will Smith’s I, Robot or Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey but not all AI relates to evil robots with a killer motive. Using AI in cyber security is, in fact, a great way of identifying and responding to threats before they can spread. Over the coming decade, this technology will continue to be honed, improved and utilised by firms, focused on effectively stopping attacks before they even surface.
Another area for excitement within cybersecurity is the rise of hybrid cloud computing. Over recent years, companies have developed a reliance on public cloud infrastructure – storing their confidential data in an online cloud-based environment. However, this reliance brings with it caution, heightening the likelihood of cybercriminal targeting. In other words, the more exposed a business comes across online, the more at risk it tends to be.
Therefore, over the coming decade, many companies will start looking at their existing data centre and think about developing hybrid cloud environments to store their public and private data. This, in turn, should safeguard them from potential data loss instances, such as the Google cloud outage that occurred earlier this year.