New Developments & Career Opportunities in Tech Security

New career developments in tech security

A recent report by PwC and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has revealed that 81% of large organisations have experienced some type of security breach during the last year. In addition, reported security breaches around the world rose by 48% to 42.8 million, including high profile organisations such as JP Morgan and Sony Entertainment.

With these statistics in mind, along with the government’s new Cyber Security Strategy aiming to make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business, skilled cyber security professionals are in high demand. To effectively combat the threats, IT security pros need to understand the latest security trends and developments within the different tech fields. We have listed a few of the essentials below.

Internet of Things (IoT)

A recent IoT security report by market research firm Cybersecurity Ventures has particularly highlighted the inherent risk of IoT devices, especially routers for aggressive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. The report also found that, by the end of 2017, more than 20 percent of businesses will be utilising security services to specifically protect their IoT initiatives.

Some examples of developments occurring with a focus on securing IoT networks include IBM’s recent unveiling of hacker-resistant mainframes. In addition, the development of application platforms specifically for the IoT that handle security processes such as authentication and encryption during the application development process is also becoming increasingly important. This is highlighted by recent research by HP, which tested the most popular IoT devices to find that 70% had serious vulnerabilities, with an average of 25 individual weaknesses per device. Examples of application platforms containing IoT security currently include Thingworx and Xively.

Mobile Payment Systems

Cyber criminals are increasingly focusing on mobile devices for easier hacking due to their storage of sensitive personal data and the wider adoption of mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay and Visa’s contactless payments system.

The skills to manage and innovate in mobile security are therefore increasingly in demand. New approaches include multi-layer authentication with devices such as the Hypr-3 that utilises encrypted tokens, fingerprint recognition, cloud authentication and PIN codes for making a secure payment.

Biometric Authentication

Biometric authentication is a sector undergoing significant growth; in fact recent results from Juniper Research predict that the industry will grow by a massive 13,000% in the next four years, with over 770 million biometric authentication applications being downloaded by 2019.

The technology is becoming a cost-effective alternative to passwords, which are frequently forgotten or stolen and are easy for hackers to guess. It makes use of the microphones, cameras and webcams that mobile devices and computers are already equipped with to carry out voice or facial recognition. This is sometimes combined with fingerprint data and contextual data such as GPS, time and gyroscope data.

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One Response to “New Developments & Career Opportunities in Tech Security”

August 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm, KaaProject said:

IoT Platform is dynamically evolving

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