Future-Proofing Cyber Security: Securing Against an Arsenal of New Technology

Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, quantum computing and blockchain all have the potential to drive significant disruption in the next few years. Future-proofing cyber security against the risks of new technology, while also taking advantage of the potential it offers, is central to the conference agenda at this year’s Infosecurity Europe event. The 2019 edition of the show – for which Risk Xtra is an Official Media Partner – runs from 4-6 June at London’s Olympia.

Every year, new technology trends come to the fore and security is often an afterthought. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a prime example of this. Only now are we seeing organisations investing in the security of IoT, despite findings from Gartner last year that revealed nearly 20% of organisations observed at least one IoT-based attack in the past three years.

On the first day at conference from 3.15 pm-4.15 pm, Infosecurity Europe will bring together experts and thought leaders on the Keynote Stage to share their knowledge of the latest tech developments and the potential impact on information security. They will examine if they’re just hype or if there’s substance behind the claims that they will be transformational. The session will provide thoughts on how real the risks posed by these technologies are, along with practical guidance on how information security professionals should prepare for the next tech frontier.

The discussion with both Tom Cignarella (director of the Security Co-ordination Centre for Adobe) and moderator Paul McKay (senior analyst at Forrester Research) will include talks on ‘The Rise of the Machines: AI, Machine Learning and Cyber Security’, ‘Quantum Computing: The End of Encryption’ and ‘Blockchain and Crypto: Real Life Use Cases’.

McKay commented: “I usually have two pieces of advice for businesses questioning how to deal with future technology. The first is to task someone within your security team to be responsible for horizon scanning for future technologies and the impact that it could potentially have on your security programme. This is a vital part of any enterprise security architecture function.”

He continued: “The second is that the hype cycles and buzzwords abounding in the industry lack credibility unless they’re associated with very specific engineering use cases that show how that technology would be used in a practical situation. Without this specificity, it’s hard to take future technology and doomsayers seriously. You can largely dismiss the chatter as marketing and hype generated to lighten your wallet and open up the host organisation’s cheque book. If this specificity exists then you can start to have sensible discussions with the business on how you can help them use these technologies with security built in from the outset.”

Connected, intelligent and autonomous enterprise

Technology is advancing at breakneck speed. Security needs to keep pace as the connected, intelligent and autonomous enterprise comes with an overwhelming cyber security risk. The number of enterprises implementing AI, for instance, has grown by 270% in the past four years and tripled in the past year. That’s according to Gartner’s 2019 CIO Survey. This growth comes as businesses recognise the need for digital transformation and the transformative technologies that ensue.

Victoria Windsor, Group content manager at the Infosecurity Group, stated: “Businesses need to build pervasive cyber resilience and incorporate cyber security in everything that they do, across all tools, functions, people and processes and encompassing any future tech deployments. Future-proofing cyber security should be a priority for all organisations. They must plan for the risks that digital transformation poses. They must prioritise risks and be prepared to mitigate and respond to any new vulnerabilities and threats future technology brings with it.”

Various theatres at Infosecurity Europe 2019, including Tech Talks, Strategy Talks, Geek Street, the Information Security Exchange and the Technology Showcase, will incorporate future technology:

*Keynote Stage: Shawn Scott (head of information security at Thames Water) Tuesday 4 June from 4.30 pm-5.25 pm ‘Cyber-Physical Security: Cyber Risk Management Strategies for Connected OT and IT Networks’

*Geek Street: David Edwards (head of information security and an independent researcher) Wednesday 5 June from 10.30 am-11.15 am ‘Deep Dive: Using Artificial Intelligence to Impersonate a Human and Undertake Vishing Attacks’

*Tech Talks: Nicola Whiting (chief strategy officer at Titania) Tuesday 4 June from 10.40 am-11.05 am ‘AI: Past Failures, Current Capability and the Future of Nation State Defence’

*Tech Talks William Malik (vice-president of infrastructure strategies at Trend Micro) Thursday 6 June from 10.oo am-10.25 am ‘Securing Smarter Cities: Practical Protocol and Policy’

Infosecurity Europe attracts over 19,500 information security professionals attending from every segment of the industry, including 400-plus exhibitors showcasing their products and services, industry analysts, worldwide press and policy experts. Over 200 industry speakers are lined up to take part in the free-to-attend conference, seminar and workshop programme. Further detail is available online at https://www.infosecurityeurope.com

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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