The Here and Now of Cybersecurity
The cybersecurity industry is rapidly changing and continues to be at the forefront of national security discussions. It is evident there is an upward trend of defensive measures, capabilities, and tactics used to stop the various risks that exist in the cyber space. Unfortunately, attackers and threats are generally one or two steps ahead. It is the responsibility of cybersecurity companies and practices to understand and operate new defensive measures and identify and implement threat-resistant capabilities.
One of the defining factors in cybersecurity history has been the understanding and appreciation of differences between state and non-state actors. In recent years, these lines have been blurred and fused together to where it is now almost impossible to delineate between a government sponsored cyber-attack or a single hacker in a remote part of the world.
Attacks can be designed similarly and cause the same destruction on networks or systems. What is different about the cyberwarfare landscape versus any other battlefield is that you could be fighting a lone actor, an organized hacking group, a government employee working on behalf of a foreign intelligence agency, or a type of cyber mercenary who is a non-state actor, but is funded by a government organization to help separate themselves from the actions taking place. This is unique for the cyber landscape and requires various levels of attention depending on the attack.
Changes in Cybersecurity
Technology is changing so quickly that you can only really look at the development of cyber capabilities several years at a time. No one knows where technology will go and what direction it will take to get there. Looking into the future, experts believe that the trend may move toward insider threats rather than outside criminals. In this manner, the bad actors would be looking for people with valid access to the network they are targeting rather than trying to work from the outside in.
As cyber threat actors continue to adapt to new defenses, it is imperative that security experts continue to try and stay ahead of ever-changing threat capabilities. To achieve this dominance in the space, cyber security professionals must understand the ground rules and what the hackers are trying to achieve. Most importantly, identify which actions pose the most danger to the network or system. For cyber issues, it is important that organizations address these issues as soon as possible. We have already seen too many companies and government agencies become target to these attacks.
A strong option to the rising number of cybersecurity threats both external and internal is a solution which focuses on endpoint security. This is the basis of a cybersecurity solution by Vir2us, one of McKeon Group’s cybersecurity clients. Vir2us’ product VMunity protects endpoints by securing these endpoints beneath the operating system. VMunity has protocols in place which eliminate insider threats which otherwise could wreak havoc on “traditional” endpoint security software. Using a method of containerization, VMunity creates a “Zero Trust” environment, which isolates and stops threats from spreading. In addition, the VMunity solution is OS agnostic – providing a solution for legacy systems that are often left unprotected on networks.
The Future is Cyber
Governments, corporations, small businesses, and individuals must remain aware and alert to the imposing risks we all face every day by simply logging onto our computers. As we continue to become more and more technologically advanced, these risks will only grow exponentially. It is with that understanding that it remains vital to leaders that cyber continue to be a main subject in our political and national security discourse.
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