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8 Boldest Security Predictions For 2017

Scary, funny and maybe even a little outlandish, these industry predictions come from prognosticators who didn't mince words.
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The end of the year may mean ugly sweaters and epic office holiday parties for some. But for us here at Dark Reading, nothing signals winter solstice more certainly than an email inbox stuffed full of IT security predictions for the coming year. We're talking a denial-of-service-level flood of communiques - a near endless cavalcade of thought leaders and laggards chiming in with their thoughts on how attacks, defenses and the business of cybersecurity will shake out after the New Year.

Among the hundreds of predictions, the majority are either inane or obvious enough to get a "Well, duh" response from anyone who has been in infosec for any length of time. But every year we get a few that raise our eyebrows, elicit a chuckle or at least get us thinking speculatively about possibilities for the months to come. This year was no different, so we'll spare you all those predictions about phishing being the next big attack vector and skip straight to the good stuff.

 

Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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botw803
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botw803,
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1/8/2017 | 1:14:41 PM
Re: Minority Report: Infosec Edition
You obviously agree because you have been working for this website forever. Your post are really boring by the way.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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1/4/2017 | 4:34:59 PM
Help prevent an unwanted Internet sick day
I don't know that the Internet will take an unscheduled sick day, but I do know the common security system for Web sites, SSL, the Network Time Protocol and the Domain Name System are probably being probed for ways to exploit them by much more sophisticated hackers than before. And the Internet depends on each of them. We've built out an immense infrastructure without enough precautions, a bold move, but we'd be wise to now try to identify the points where it needs shoring up. One place to start is the Network Time Protocol, which has a dedicated staff operating on an extremely lean budget and which could use additional support (www.ntp.org).
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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1/4/2017 | 8:59:51 AM
Re: Minority Report: Infosec Edition
Totally agree! AI definitely has tremendous potential, emphasis on potential. The big question is how much and how soon. 
alexanderstein
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alexanderstein,
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12/28/2016 | 1:06:06 PM
Minority Report: Infosec Edition
It's not new years without resolutions and predictions.  Dark Reading honors the annual tradition with their top Info-Sec prognostications. #8: machine learning and artificial intelligence will build on significant capability gains to more accurately and intelligently learn from the past to detect and predict attacks. My counter-prediction: Nope. Most technologists and security professionals still wildly misunderstand/underestimate the complexity of human behavior as it relates to cybersecurity. Effective risk mitigation solutions will come from specialists in mental architecture and psychodynamics.
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RetiredUser,
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12/27/2016 | 11:27:20 AM
Drone Jacking
I'm going to give drone jacking my top pick of these.  If you take a look at the volume of patents Google has put out for their drone army, from navigation aid systems to secure communication, you can see this has always been on their minds.  However, while Google is intent on making their drones as secure as possible (good luck with that, by the way), not all drone operators and start-ups are going to go the extra mile - at first.  And as applies to all drone companies, hijacking drones in-flight isn't the only method of taking control.  Drones can be captured through physical means and repurposed. 

Specifically on the topic of secure communication, we're going to see lots of projects working to perfect protocols that will help protect consumers and public safety.  Papers like "A Secure Communication Protocol for Drones and Smart Objects" by Jongho Won, Seung-Hyun Seo, and Elisa Bertino (2015) that explores securing communication between drones and smart objects (a smart parking management system, for example) are examples.  This paper states that "To support the required security functions, such as authenticated key agreement, non-repudiation, and user revocation, we propose an efficient Certificateless Signcryption Tag Key Encapsulation Mechanism (eCLSC-TKEM). eCLSC-TKEM reduces the time required to establish a shared key between a drone and a smart object by minimizing the computational overhead at the smart object. Also, our protocol improves drone's efficiency by utilizing dual channels which allows many smart objects to concurrently execute eCLSC-TKEM."

In the discussion about whether FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) or proprietary code and standards are better for drone tech, I think we need to work through 2017 to see what security flaws are revealed.  While I am a FOSS advocate, I also recognize the need for proprietary code under the right conditions.

 
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