Published on November 12th, 2020 | by Bibhuranjan


5 Emerging Technologies that Could Help to Combat Cyber Attacks

Cyber attackers are a lot more creative than we give them credit for. Sure, they are lowlife in how they set about stealing valuable data and personal information, but how they consistently stay one step ahead shows their creativity. As soon as you close one vulnerability, they find another angle to attack from.

Well, data defenders around the world are working around the clock to get back in front. There are many emerging technologies that may thwart even the smartest cyber attackers which is exactly what is trying to do.

Biometric Security Technology

The only surefire way to 100% protect our data and assets is to have it secured using our own DNA. Imagine being required to provide some DNA to gain access to a server room, or even files.

Sure, we already have face recognition and fingerprint technology to secure our devices and files but what if it could take a step forward? Well, one company has already tested technology that can identify who you are through your eyes. This was on an ATM.

We are fast-approaching a world where this will soon be possible and this spells bad news for hackers.

Deception Technology

Another emerging technology that could be of benefit to any organisation is deception technology. The battle against cyber-attackers has been a long and arduous one but the attackers will never give up. So, rather than battling them, some organisations have turned to deceiving them instead.

This technology creates fake vulnerabilities in systems that are instead honeypots that are used to lure malware. Once caught, an alarm instantly goes off allowing IT staff to know that a cyberattack was attempted.

User Behaviour Analysis

Though we might think otherwise, humans are quite predictable in how they act. So much so that many firms are using User Behaviour Analysis (UBA) technology. This is a layer of technology that gets to know a users behaviour and can therefore determine immediately if that person submitted a login request.

Although it may decrease our privacy at best and at worst, seem a bit on the creepy side, many firms are actually starting to see the benefits of using it.

Hardware Authentication

Another technology that is attracting interest is hardware authentication. Seen as particularly promising for the internet of things (IoT), certain hardware can become a big part of an authentication process. Say you logged in to work from home using your computer, there would be a hardware authentication chip in your processor that could confirm that it was your computer logging in. That combined with your username, password, fingerprint, face, or whatever else would ensure that the person logging in is exactly who they say they are.

Data Loss Prevention Safeguards

As well as technologies looking at ways to combat cyber-attacks, there are others that are looking at ways to limit the damage from them. In the future, certain safeguards could be used such as preventing cyber-attackers from monetising any of the data stolen. Think of dye-bombs that explode and cover the money that bank robbers have stolen. This is a similar concept that may help to deter future attacks.


Of course, these are just some emerging security technologies we can expect to see more of in the next few years. Hopefully, between them we finally start to win the war and not just the battle against cyber-attackers. Sure, they will keep coming back with new and improved methods to get out our most valuable data and assets but we have to keep pushing and hoping that we finally come up with a way that makes it impossible for them.

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