Kevin Coleman is a senior fellow at the Technolytics Institute and former chief strategist at Netscape. (File)
Over the past few weeks a number of cyber security firms have demonstrated their movement from a purely reactive posture and become more proactive. They have demonstrated an interest in what lays just over the horizon that will challenge them. This is a dramatic departure from the attitude — when it comes I will deal with it — that has been all too common within the cyber security industry.
Of all the emerging technologies that are just ahead, two stand out as the most challenging with respect to cyber security. The first is the Internet of Things (IoT) — some refer to it as the Internet of Everything. IoT is commonly described as a movement that will focus on equipment communicating via the Internet. This will result in new services and a significant increase in data for analytics. It is commonly described as machine-to-machine (M2M), which will supplement the more common business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) models that have been around for years now.
The second is the vehicle as a platform. Given the time we spend in our vehicles and all the electronics that thay contain, the next evolutionary step is to open them up and treat them as a platform on which applications run. It should be noted that Sen. Edward Markey has asked 20 automakers for information about just how they plan to secure their vehicles from cyber attacks. Another proactive measure!
Both of these technologies show great promise and huge opportunities. With those opportunities come a few challenges and cyber security is one of the biggest. The good news is that it appears some in cyber security have come to realize they need to get ahead of the power curve and plan their approach to securing these two emerging technologies. That is very encouraging.