Network Security in Next 5 Years

There are going to be lots of different definitions out there for future trend of network security. It’s important to understand, however, the core meaning of the technology. Security products have simply evolved beyond the standard firewall platform into something that is capable of supporting numerous different types of services...

What’s the future trend of network security?

The current trend to network security is compliance. The focus isn’t necessarily making the network more secure; rather, making it more compliant with newer standards such as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). While this is the current landscape, it isn’t ideal for catching new and emerging network and application security threats.

There’s a new generation on the horizon and it is approaching fast. Emerging technologies in network security involve artificial intelligence (AI) running and integrating with the security space both physically and virtually. Properly tuning AI allows it to identify patterns much quicker than humans. For example, imagine a user who leaves for an afternoon coffee break. This user accidentally leaves their computer unlocked. Now imagine an AI solution that is able to tap into the organization’s Active Directory and the user’s local system. It then assesses that the user’s system is idle and that the same user has badged out of their office building. The AI system automatically locks the user’s desktop and notifies them that it has taken this action.

It identifies when the user’s account is accessed remotely (presumably for malicious purposes) and taps into the firewall to block access from that IP address. Thus, it disables the user’s account until they have badged back into the office, or until another condition is met to re-enable the account. AI can also use facial recognition from security cameras to recognize when users are in the building.

This technology is now possible and could very well be where the network and software security industries are leading.

What are some of the future trends of network security?

Biometric Authentication:

facial, eye, fingerprint and genomic scanning will be necessary to validate an individual’s physical or virtual entry into electronic networks o r physical areas. Security Tattoos with bar-scans will be popular and fashionable.
Biometric authentication works by comparing two sets of data: the first one is preset by the owner of the device, while the second one belongs to a device visitor. If the two data are nearly identical, the device knows that “visitor” and “owner” are one and the same, and gives access to the person.
The important thing to note is that the match between the two data sets has to be nearly identical but not exactly identical. This is because it’s close to impossible for 2 biometric data to match 100%. For instance, you might have a slightly sweaty finger or a tiny, tiny scar that changes the print pattern.

New Types of Policy Engines.

The world of cloud computing requires new types of security engines. Layer 4-7 DDoS protection (volumetric and application-layer), intrusion prevention/detection services (IPS/IDS), and data-loss prevention (DLP) are just a few examples of some advanced protection features. These new engines must scan multiple points within and outside of a network. Furthermore, organizations with heavy regularity compliance measures have to be even more careful with their data. Some healthcare organizations use DLP technologies which scan data leaving and coming in. From there, they scan for patterns, ‘xxx-xx-xxx’ for example, to flag, stop and report malicious data leakages. Next-generation security platforms are designed to help stop data loss by integrating into various technologies – including software-defined networks. These policy engines allow for granular data-flow control as core information flows between the end-user, your data center, and the cloud.

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Cloud-Ready Endpoint Control.

As new devices try to connect into a corporate network, there has to be some means of control. Now, border security devices are being deployed with advanced interrogation engines capable of granularly scanning all inbound devices. Organizations can place certain policy metrics and present only certain content if those policies aren’t met. Checking for rooted devices, the right service pack, or even the latest A/V can all be set as interrogation points. Further control can be derived from the use of mobile/enterprise device management (MDM/EDM) solutions. Having the capability to remotely locate or wipe a stolen or lost device can be very handy. Remember, trends around IT consumerization and mobility are only going to continue growing. This means more users will be utilizing the device that helps them be most productive. It’ll be up to your data center’s next-generation security model to help delivery those resources and keep them secure.

Software-Defined Security.

Now that security devices are being distributed to multiple points, new types communications methods are being established to create a faster and more secure cloud environment. Closely in conjunction with software-defined networks (SDN) creating site-to-site secure connections is now a must. Many organizations are utilizing a public or hybrid cloud platform which may require a virtual security appliance to be deployed at the provider site. From there a physical or virtual appliance at the corporate site can be used to create a secure, monitored, tunnel into the cloud. Remember, next-generation security platforms are not only cloud and application aware, they provide layer 4-7 networking services and data protection. The idea is to create app-awareness, increase control and create flexibility around your environment to help facilitate an ever-evolving business model.

Robotic cabling management:

Wire jungle in the server room .Why risk a human accidentaly knocking a production server cable when you can onsider a six-axis cable management robot .This breakdown is the key to longer-lasting cables. Each cable section needs a minimal dress pack, strain relief with service loops, and a junction box that contains and protects the electrical connectors joining the cables.Use of a strain relief mechanism can eliminate stresses and extend the service life of a moving cable. This strain relief may consist of standard elements such as tie wrap plates or clamps. Engineers should ensure the cables are in the neutral axis, not touching the inner or outer radius of the cable management system. Separating the dress pack into three shorter sections prevents it from wrapping, catching or snagging on machines and minimises stress on cables and hoses. This approach applies to any six-axis robot, regardless of manufacturer or application. While other fixes such as duct tape and ties wraps might cost less and work temporarily, in the long run, properly designed dress packs reduce unnecessary downtime and maintenance costs.

Portable office VSAT :

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Conclusion

There are going to be lots of different definitions out there for future trend of network security. It’s important to understand, however, the core meaning of the technology. Security products have simply evolved beyond the standard firewall platform into something that is capable of supporting numerous different types of services. In many cases these services all work together to bring forward a singular platform – cloud computing, for example. Next-generation technologies will always heavily revolve around security, agility, and the ability to evolve (quickly) to the needs of a growing business. As more distributed technologies take form in the industry, there will be a greater need for dynamic –cloud-aware – security solutions.

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