An ever-present threat to any given country's national security is that of cybersecurity. There are always hackers that want to use technology for malicious purposes, not to say the long list of adversaries that a country can pile up along the years. That's so as what it is at stake is millions of sensible data from citizens, companies, directories, senior officers and members of the government, state's papers and more. Unfortunately, not all Governments take this peril as seriously as they should, and the efforts towards creating cyber-defense strategies – in most countries – lack budget, personnel and even real, field knowledge. Before this absence of real policies, Artificial Intelligence might be well seen as a good starting point where to build the walls that keep out any possible threats.
We have all suspected the world is not ready for the connected era, though the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) has confirmed it, writes Telecoms.com The survey itself is essentially a measurement of a country's capabilities in the security arena, and while there are some who are exceeding expectations, there are also a worrying number of highly developed nations who are way down the list. Although we should not be surprised by such claims, security is after all a topic people like to avoid, it does always make us shift uneasily in our seats when we see the latest datasets. "In 2016, nearly 1% of all emails sent were essentially malicious attacks, the highest rate in recent years," says Brahima Sanou, director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau in the introduction. "Ransomware attacks increasingly affected businesses and consumers, with indiscriminate campaigns pushing out massive volumes of malicious emails."
An overwhelming majority of cybersecurity and risk management leaders believe that developments in 5G wireless technology will create cybersecurity challenges for their organizations. Their top three 5G-related concerns are greater risk of attacks on Internet of Things (IoT) networks, a wider attack surface and a lack of security by design in 5G hardware and firmware. These are among the findings of a new report released by Information Risk Management (IRM), a UK-based cybersecurity company of Altran, the global player in engineering and R&D services. The report, titled Risky Business, is based on a survey of senior cybersecurity and risk management decision makers at 50 global companies across seven major industry sectors: automotive, communications, energy, finance/public sector, software/internet, transport and pharmaceuticals. The study was conducted between July and September of this year.
A large majority of cybersecurity and risk management leaders (83 percent) believe that developments in 5G wireless technology will create challenges for their organizations. A new report from UK-based cybersecurity specialist Information Risk Management (IRM) shows that among the top 5G-related concerns are greater risk of attacks on Internet of Things networks, a wider attack surface and a lack of security by design in 5G hardware and firmware. The study also finds that 86 percent of respondents expect artificial intelligence to have an impact on their cybersecurity strategy over the next five years, as AI systems are integrated into core enterprise security functions. The top three AI applications that respondents say they would consider implementing as part of their cybersecurity strategy are network intrusion detection and prevention, fraud detection and secure user authentication. The report points out that AI in cybersecurity can be a double-edged sword.
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