Future Tech #Cybersecurity Edition: Including China’s “unhackable” messaging & Google security updates.
Cybersecurity immune systems could be created using artificial intelligence
The cybersecurity industry has always had a fortress mentality: Firewall the perimeter! Harden the system! But that mindset has failed — miserably, as each new headline-generating hack reminds us.
That’s why some in the industry are beginning to focus less on sealing borders from outside threats and more on sensing bad behavior inside as it happens — when it can be stopped. They’re shifting from military metaphors to the language of biology; they’re designing immune systems rather than barricades.
Darktrace, founded by Cambridge University mathematicians and ex-British spies, uses machine learning to define what “normal” looks like for any network and all its devices and then report on deviations and anomalies in real time. That’s a big break from the usual security routine of cataloguing prior attacks and guarding against repeat performances. Darktrace CEO Nicole Eagan argues that artificial intelligence is the only way to defend networks against the “unknown unknowns”—the inside jobs and novel exploits your antivirus scan won’t find.
Has China created an “unhackable” messaging service?
China has been active in the field of quantum cryptography lately, and now it's gearing up to use the technology in an "unhackable" government messaging service.
While existing internet and telephone cables can easily be tapped, quantum networks send messages embedded in particles of light. If a third party tries to hack the network, the quantum nature of the particles will distort the communication, causing it to be lost.
The Jinan Institute of Quantum Technology tested the system earlier this month and plans to put it into commercial use in August. It will initially be used by 200 individuals in government, finance and military departments in Jinan. At 2,000km, the network is the longest in the world, and is capable of encrypting 4,000 pieces of data per second.
Google launches new service to make accounts more secure
Nobody welcomes the prospect of having our online accounts hacked. It’s a pain in the neck resetting passwords, warning your contacts, and worrying about the prospect that your identity may be stolen.
But for some of us, the consequences of having our Gmail account compromised by state-sponsored hackers could be even more catastrophic and even life-threatening.
If keeping your account secure is that important and a much higher priority than just convenience, then you will no doubt welcome Google’s announcement this week that it is now offering an additional tier of security for its users – more secure than ever before. …
Right now, Google Advanced Protection consists of three main technologies to better defend high-risk accounts:
1. A physical security key.
Forget Google’s regular two-step verification security feature. Every time you want to log into your account under Advanced Protection, you will need both your password and a physical security key. …
2. Limit data access and sharing.
Advanced Protection will automatically limit third-party apps from accessing your most sensitive data – your emails and your Drive files. Read more below about precisely what this means.
3. Block fraudulent account access.
If you ever forget your account password or lose your security key, Google says it’s going to make you jump through some hoops before your access is restored.
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