Data is quickly becoming the world's most valuable resource. Just as mines and oil fields invest in high levels of security surrounding the physical location of the resource, companies must utilise security for data protection.
However, in today's world of hackers and data breaches, identifying a comprehensive data security method can be a challenge. Many of the current data security measures are not sufficient. However, several exciting innovations are happening in the data security space. Here's a look at some of the most promising options.
1. Encryption Made EasyEncryption is arguably the most used method for securing data. Unfortunately, the infrastructure can be challenging to manage. It requires the identification of the most sensitive data, encryption of it, and safekeeping of decryption keys. All of this needs to be done in a way that still allows the company to access and use the data when they need it. This is where third parties are coming in. Amazon is currently awaiting a patent that will allow them to offer both encryption and decryption to AWS customers. This will enable businesses of all sizes to gain access to one of the most trustworthy data security methods available.
2. Cloud Technology Reaching New Levels Of SecurityWhile cloud technology has provided additional data security for many businesses, it still has its weaknesses and breaches can happen. Because of this Google has created a system that offers extra security for enterprises that use Google Cloud, the Cloud Security Command Centre. The platform can scan for vulnerabilities and notifies companies of data breaches, as well as providing automated scans of sensitive data. Google is patenting a portion of this platform—the technology that protects data from inadvertent exposure when the breach detection process is underway.
3. Neural Networks Powering Cyber SecurityNeural networks are typically associated with the idea of recognising patterns and machine learning technology. However, Microsoft wants to expand these concepts to data security. The company was recently granted a patent for using neural networks to harness the power of natural language processing, speech recognition, computer vision, and handwriting recognition. These technologies will be used on sensitive data sets in a way that maintains and optimises security. Experts expect that Microsoft will soon make this technology available to businesses that subscribe to the various Microsoft services.
4. Data Exchange That Is Finally SecureOne of the biggest dangers to users' data is the transfer of that information from the data collectors, such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, to the advertisers that they sell to. It can be difficult for the data collecting companies not only to see who accesses and changes the data, but also for them to ensure the integrity of the data. Google has recently released one of their patents for the public to see. It is a method for securing and encrypting the data through data exchange. This exchange gives Google a safe place to store the data and gives advertisers a safe place to find the data that they want. It oversees the movement of information and tracks the organisations and individuals who either retrieve or alter any data. Additionally, Google is developing methods for identifying where the user data comes from, as well as guaranteeing its integrity, encrypting it within the exchange, and limiting the entities that can retrieve, share, and use that data for advertising. Just as with Microsoft's use of neural networks, this technology will likely soon be available for use by businesses that purchase Google services.
5. Anonymous Identifiers To Protect ConsumersApple has historically worked hard to protect user data and create more privacy. Recently, they have announced that they will be taking a different data collecting route than companies like Facebook. Apple will be blocking tools such as digital fingerprinting and cookies in their internet browser, Safari—this allows for significantly more privacy among users, cutting down on user-targeting and tracking across individual's internet-use. They will also be minimising their invasive advertising targeting by pushing advertisers towards contextual advertising methods. All of this will be possible through Apple's pending patent, which uses anonymous identifiers to repackage media content data. The technology allows Apple to provide personalised content to users' devices without showing their private information to advertisers and other third parties. For businesses that use Apple devices, this can provide a significant security advantage.
6. Data Security Platforms For Small BusinessThe US government's independent agency that provides communications and products for government offices, the General Services Administration, is requiring contractors to do a better job of protecting unclassified GSA data and data systems. To help contractors accomplish this, the GSA has created FedRAMP. This new security service levels the playing field for small and medium-sized businesses, giving them a data security centre that meets or exceeds their needs. This type of security will become more readily available as additional cloud-based security for information systems is developed. Companies will soon be able to safely migrate their on-premise data storage to the cloud and have access to virtualised systems security, virtualised firewalls, and virtualised intrusion prevention and detection options.
7. Quantum Internet Protecting Against The Threats Of Quantum ComputersFor several years, there has been excitement about the possibility of quantum computers. These computers should be able to solve more complex problems than ever before and increase the speed of systems and processes dramatically. It could transform how machine learning and artificial intelligence can assist businesses and governments. The flip side, however, is that if quantum computers fall into the wrong hands, they can be used for nefarious and malicious activity. Bad actors could use the technology to break encryption and access private and classified data in a matter of seconds.
It is for this reason that the technology community gave a collective sigh of relief when Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology reported that they are close to finishing development of a high-speed quantum internet. This high-speed internet will be able to hinder the use of quantum computers for hacks and other malicious activity. It will also empower businesses to optimise their technology systems without putting their data at risk. The reason for this protection is that high-speed quantum internet is almost incalculably faster than even the highest speeds of the internet that the world currently experiences. So while quantum computers will have the capacity and speed to easily hack into networks that are operating on current network speeds, when networks are operating on quantum internet their security measures will be able to fight off cyber attacks and other hacks more effectively.
8. All-In-One Data Security SolutionsFor several years now, companies have pursued data security with different methods. They have used various pieces of software to provide data loss security, network security, and user and entity behaviour analytics. However, there are now products that are offering all-in-one solutions, from the web and email security to cloud access security brokers. Businesses will finally be able to have comprehensive security under a single subscription or data security product.
While not all of these innovations are currently available, they are on their way to the market and businesses should keep them in mind as they upgrade their data security. Download now our Ultimate Guide to Cybersecurity in the Smart Office and for more information, please contact us.