By Chris Preimesberger
The sheer numbers of digital devices, users and connections – combined with commensurate lack of understanding of digital security – has never presented a better opportunity or more fertile ground for the bad guys in computer hacking.
By 2017, there will be about 3.6 billion Internet users, almost half of what will be the projected worldwide population of 7.6 billion people that year. By comparison, there were 2.3 billion users in 2012, or about 32 percent of the world’s population, according to a recent industry report.
Also expected within the next few years is the management of more than 19 billion network connections – for both fixed and mobile devices – as well as M2M connections, up from about 12 billion in 2012. That’s an enormous amount of network activity which is certain to strain both IT and security providers.
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IT Security: Will We Ever Completely Shut Down the Hackers
In addition to rampant growth of devices, users and connections, more digital currency will change hands than ever before. That means more passwords will need to be created and remembered than in the past.
In short, security has never been a tougher job.
Beyond all this, much of the work will be automated – pre-planned or programmed by people, as well as machines, using increasingly-aware business intelligence software. From a hacking standpoint, the bad guys who understand automation and where the back doors are located are among the most dangerous digital outlaws.
I will try to tackle these issues and concerns and more during our chat, but some of the more specific questions we will endeavor to answer include:
- Does a single sign-on system make sense for most businesses?
- Is two-factor access going to become standard sooner rather than later?
- Is is possible for conventional security companies to leapfrog ahead of the hackers – and stay there?
- Can machines be taught to hack?
- Will everything need to be encrypted in the future, and will this matter?
- This discussion will be relevant to everyone. Let your friends know about this valuable discussion.
So, tune in and join the conversation, Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 2:00PM EST.
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