In 1984, when William Gibson was a science fiction writer, the cyberhacker world wasn’t as strong as it is today. He wrote that Cyberspace is a consensual hallucination that millions of legitimate cyberhackers experience daily, in every country, and children are taught mathematical concepts.
The counterculture of illegitimate interlopers, who attempt daily to disrupt the legitimate business of the internet, has a romantic feel. The digital dance between the application creator and the cyber-bad-guy continues into the future.
It is not true that anyone can predict the future. While we can make predictions about the future, it is impossible to predict how web security will evolve.
Loads and Loads Of Encryption
Insecure connections can be accessed via clear text. We may have been able to get by in the past. Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and the risk is still high. Many tech experts recommend that you increase encryption to protect yourself. The list includes IoT product security, two-factor authentication and biometrics.
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OWASP claims that most security breaches are caused by mistakes in implementation. Use proven encryption tools. The National Science Foundation recommends three new encryption methods: deceptive honey encryption; function encryption with restricted secrets keys; and futuristic quantum key encryption.
From Connections to Applications
The widespread availability of internet connectivity has been a long-standing reality for the information technology community. It’s easy to get online now. IT support personnel don’t care as much about maintaining connections as they do about providing services online.
As a host more software is released to cloud via virtual devices and microservices, this trend will continue. The links themselves are not as important as the application traffic that crosses them.
Traffic that has been hijacked, blocked, or otherwise disrupted can be easily rerouted to other network resources or reallocated without delay. The danger is in the application’s processing of data.
The Open Web Application Security Project was established in 2001 with the sole purpose of “enabling organizations conceive, create, acquire, operate and maintain applications that are trusted”. Web application experts do not refer to the Layer 2 or Layer 3 issues of the early internet. Instead, application layer links are more important than the underlying infrastructure. If content is the king, then applications that produce it must be part of the royal family.
The Changing Threat Landscape
The security experts are not the only ones who can decide what the future of web application security looks like. Cyber offenders can have their say on how cybersecurity will evolve over the next few years, simply because they will continue to cause it. The future of cyber warfare will also be affected by the shift to widely distributed computing. Developers who fail to provide adequate security can create vulnerabilities in mobile computing as well as embedded chips in vehicles and factory robots.
As the digital revolution continues, there are many back doors for smart bad guys to get in. The Internet of Things (IoT), and 5G are just two of the technological realities facing the security industry in the coming months and years.
Developers need to learn how hackers think. Or