Cyber Security

AI and Cyber Security - Grave New World

The recent cyber attack on organisations around the world, including our very own NHS, has been in the minds of professionals for a long time yet nonetheless for many others has clearly been something of a wake-up call. In the near future, as artificial intelligence (AI) systems become more capable, we will begin to see more automated and increasingly sophisticated social engineering attacks. 

The rise of AI-enabled cyberattacks is expected to cause an explosion of network penetrations, personal data thefts, and an epidemic-level spread of intelligent computer viruses. Ironically, perhaps our best hope to defend against AI-enabled hacking is by using AI.  Yet this is very likely to lead to an AI arms race, the consequences of which potentially may be catastrophic in the long term, especially as big government actors join the cyber wars.

The Internet of Things - Device Security and Data Privacy

The Internet of Things is connecting more devices every day.  Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US released a report which found that 25 billion objects are already connected online worldwide, gathering information using sensors and communicating with each other over the internet.

This number is growing quickly - Gartner has claimed that a ¼ billion connected vehicles will be on the roads by 2020 -  as electronics manufacturers look to capitalise on the commercial possibilities of IoT; the global value of the industry may well exceed £255bn a year by 2020.

Cyber Security - Threats and Budgets Growing Exponentially

Commitment to combating the ever morphing security threats across industry, not least fuelled by the high profile attacks on the likes of Sony Pictures and Home Depot, is gathering serious pace.  cyber security start-ups raised more than $1bn for the first time in a single quarter - up from $540m for the first three months of last year and almost double the same period of 2014, according to data from private company research firm PrivCo.  Four years ago, total annual funding was less than $1bn.

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