SC Media: 2021 cyber predictions for concept tech getting real

As part of a year in review, which looked at critical events during the last year and how they might influence 2021, SC Media collected predictions across a range of categories from cybersecurity experts. Here’s some of the highlights from their tech roundup:

Finally, the year of cloud security arrives, says Gidi Cohen, CEO and co-founder of Skybox Security:

“Cloud security adoption has been limited as of late, but thanks to the mass migration spawned by COVID-19, companies had no other choice but to ‘leap before looking’ to the cloud to maintain business continuity and ensure survival. Expect to see a ‘more secure’ organization that typically favors the private cloud to move into the realm of public cloud. As a result, we will see faster adoption of cloud security technologies, as well as more engaged security teams – ones that take ownership. This will lead to better security posture management overall across the cloud, as well as on-premises, data centers and everything in between.”

Addressing bias in AI algorithms will be a top priority, causing guidelines to be rolled out for machine learning support of ethnicity for facial recognition, says Robert Prigge, CEO of Jumio:

“Enterprises are becoming increasingly concerned about demographic bias in AI algorithms (race, age, gender) and its effect on their brand and potential to raise legal issues. Evaluating how vendors address demographic bias will become a top priority when selecting identity proofing solutions in 2021. Organizations will increasingly need to have clear answers to organizations who want to know how a vendor’s AI ‘black box’ was built, where the data originated from and how representative the training data is to the broader population being served.”

IT will infuse access governance with intelligence to protect workforce cybersecurity in 2021, says Eve Maler, CTO at ForgeRock:  

“In 2021, we will see AI increasingly employed to enable an autonomous identity approach. AI-infused authentication and authorization solutions will be layered on top of, or integrated with, existing IGA solutions, providing contextual, enterprise-wide visibility by collecting and analyzing all identity data, and enabling insight into different risk levels of user access at scale. The use of AI will allow systems to identify and alert security and compliance teams about high-risk access or policy violations. Over time we will see these AI systems produce explainable results while increasing automation of some of the most difficult cybersecurity challenges inside the enterprise.”

Quantum computing will become the next WannaCry for malicious actors, says Gaurav Banga, CEO and founder of Balbix:

“Quantum computing is likely to become practical soon, with the capability to break many encryption algorithms. Organizations should plan to upgrade to TLS 1.3 and quantum-safe cryptographic ciphers soon. Big tech vendors Google and Microsoft will make updates to web browsers, but the server-side is for your organization to review and change. Kick off a Y2K like project to identify and fix your organizations encryption before it is too late.”

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