Robots thinking as humans, fridges with Internet connections, video games where you can just pop up… No, it’s not another science-fiction movie, it’s our reality. The future has finally arrived. We live in truly amazing times. There are more and more new technologies coming up that are totally changing the way we manufacture, the way we do business, the way we teach, the way we live. Yes! It’s all about disruptive technologies.
But, what do we mean by disruptive technologies? We’re talking about all those innovations that are leading to the appearance of new products and services and make other technologies, and business and I&D strategies obsolete, such as the Call center software. It’s capable to create new markets or even destroy the old ones. Want an example? In the world of telecommunication, the mobile phones are making landline phones to disappear at our households, and WebRTC is making them disappear at companies. WebRTC is a very innovative technology that works over the Internet, without the need for additional installations or devices.
Disruptive technology is a tool that brings us a lot of new opportunities and makes our life much easier. But, it’s not all rosy, and, like all tools, in wrong hands may be used in malicious activities and be an obstacle for our cybersecurity. Let’s see how some of the latest innovation can threaten us.
Lately, one of the most famous technologies is the Internet of Things (IoT), that makes our everyday objects digital and connect them to the Internet. What is really new about it, is that it doesn’t depend on humans anymore. It’s the information that makes it work. And as said Oscar Wilde: “Private information is practically the source of every large modern fortune”. For that reason, the IoT is so tempting for hackers. Take an example of intelligent houses, your devices probably know you more than any member of your family. And what should we be really afraid of is ransomware, a type of malicious software that can restrict your access to the network and take control over your intelligent vehicles or home devices and won’t stop it until you pay them the ransom.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be another threat to our security. And no, we’re not talking about robots taking control over us and sending us to the Matrix. But, the same way as the AI makes our life simpler, it also makes the hackers’ life simpler and makes the cyber attacks more sophisticated. For example, it helps them to crack passwords as it reduces the number of possible digits by being based on geographic region, demographic and other similar factors.
The Virtual Reality (VR) is another of the disruptive technologies that we should be careful with. The VR is an experience generated by a computer which places a person in another reality thanks to the use of special glasses. The possible risk of it could be, among others, the identity theft, since you’re creating an avatar with your exact biometric data, so it’s even more dangerous than a typical credential theft. Another risk you’re taking, especially if you use this technology at your company, is the modification of reality. The attackers could easily change your virtual office or any other information to destroy your image or to alter your users’ experience.
One of the most threatened disruptive technology by cyber attacks is cloud computing, a paradigm that makes possible to offer services via the Internet. It’s the place where most of the companies are storing their information and if a hacker could get it, that could put at risk the privacy of your clients and destroy completely your business.
So, I repeat: we live in truly amazing times, but we also live in times where our privacy is more threatened than ever and we should be aware of that and be careful with our private information we facilitate.