Machine to machine face-off ahead

REGIONAL TRANSFORMATION OUTLOOK 2019

Several years ago, the CEOs of a small number of security vendors agreed that if we could collaborate on threat intelligence, we could provide better customer outcomes. This collaboration has the potential for a systemic impact and improvement in how we share and use threat intelligence to prevent cyber-attacks. While cybersecurity experts look for new ways to spot adversaries using machine learning techniques, and leverage artificial intelligence against the mass of threat indicators gathered, adversaries will be increasingly looking to subvert machine learning and artificial intelligence.

They will be trying to find ways to trick such solutions, looking for the cracks to sneak through. We can also be sure they are also looking to leverage artificial intelligence for their own purposes. Cybersecurity is moving into a machine versus machine fight with humans on hand to help and apply judgment

We will see a wholesale move of cybersecurity to the cloud in 2019. As cybersecurity aims to be as technically and commercially agile as DevOps, we can only expect more cloud-based security with new commercial models. However, each business will be gathering Petabytes of security data and, that is before regulation forces us to hold it for longer periods.

Businesses will have to leverage the cloud to store, process information and apply algorithms at speed to prevent attacks. Adversaries simply will not wait, and the cloud could give cybersecurity teams the edge they need.

As the digital mesh of IoT and OT devices grows, so do the risks. 5G, which will begin service trials in 2019 in many European markets, will only accelerate the number of connected devices at risk. We are starting to see two IoT trends with security implications: more inter-connection and more data collection. We must expect adversaries to use each of these as hopping off points to another resource or worse, a data gatherer as part of a bigger, targeted attack.

Haider Pasha, Senior Director and Chief Security Officer Emerging Markets, Palo Alto Networks.

Key takeaways

  • Businesses will have to leverage the cloud to store, process information and apply algorithms at speed to prevent attacks.
  • Adversaries simply will not wait, and the cloud could give cybersecurity teams the edge they need.
  • We are starting to see two IoT trends with security implications: more inter-connection and more data collection.
  • We will see a wholesale move of cybersecurity to the cloud in 2019.