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Major Technological Trends That Strike Software Security

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Major Technological Trends That Strike Software Security

Check out these major software security risks to avoid breaches in your applications.

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Imagine your life without the touch of technology. Seems difficult? Today, life has become unimaginable without the Internet and other thousand things that are ultimately connected to it. In an era where machine ruling humans no longer feels like an impossible future, the incidence of the threat of cyber attack, security breach, and cybercrime have been increasing year over year. Thus, with 2018 is coming to an end, here are some trends that will surely affect software security in the coming year.

Connect Everything to Mobile

This is the time of smart devices. From communication to shopping and from electronic payments to the storage of sensitive information, we have relied on mobile devices extensively. In fact, most Internet banking transactions are performed from smartphones, which has become a driving reason behind cybercrimes. Thus, issues regarding mobile malware can no longer be ignored.

A few days ago, more than half a million Android users were tricked to install Android malware posing as a driving game from Google’s app store. Such malware could obtain sensitive data including user credentials, and the only way to secure smartphones from such malware attack is a thorough assessment by the parent organization before releasing any application on Apple and the Google app store.

Autonomous Mobiles

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have become the brains behind the gaming-changing technology of autonomous vehicles. Although the technology is still in its infancy, we can expect robots driving humans around the city in the future. However, the hacking of such car’s computer system would be a scary version of the movie Unstoppable. To prevent such attacks, manufacturers are diligently incorporating software security into their vehicles and are realizing that such security solutions are as important as any other part of the vehicle.

Smart Wearables and Internet of Things

Yes, again, the internet of things (IoT). This buzzword has been flying around in every office in the world, and the IoT industry is evolving at a rapid pace. From smart watches to pacemakers, we use infinite devices that are collecting and exchanging data over the Internet and have minimalistic software and cloud security measures. A cyber attack on an IoT device might collect sensitive information, such as GPS coordinates, which may lead to unimaginable horrors.

BYOD

Bring your own device (BYOD) has become a craze in the IT sector. While the BYOD phenomenon offers absolute convenience, it also holds the potential to jeopardize personal data in the process. Moreover, insider attacks are the prime reasons behind most of the data breaches. Thus, every business leader must consider employees as the biggest threats to the company’s cyber defense than any other outside hacker and take preventive measures to secure a company’s confidential data.  

In short, in the coming year, incidents of cyber attacks and data breaches would increase drastically and the only way to tackle such attacks would be by securing software and understanding vulnerabilities. Software security is not a one-time task, but a continuous process that has to evolve according to technology around. Thus, tightening security measures would offer us a fighting chance against cybercrimes and many other third-party attacks on a company’s branding and integrity.

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software security ,cloud ,security ,byod ,iot ,data ,mobile ,wearables

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