As we become a more connected world, wars won’t be fought with soldiers on battlefields. Information will win wars, according to our experts. Hackers are more sophisticated, destructive and globally dispersed than ever before. We need to stop thinking of them as lone wolves in basements and start thinking armies of global cybercriminals.
It’s also a misnomer that one buzzword technology can improve the physical or cybersecurity of entire organizations, including government entities. In fact, it takes multiple solutions working together to even start the conversation of protecting our secrets, infrastructure and citizens.
The government—notorious for archaic technology, slow procedures and poor communication—must implement fundamental changes in order to secure our country in a connected world. The answers may lie in these complementary technologies.
The government can help protect the country by combining these technologies
- Machine learning
In terms of cybersecurity, think of the damage that could be done when hackers take down entire electrical grids, stock exchanges, airplanes and other connected infrastructure. On a citizen level, imagine them taking control over your autonomous vehicles or your entire smart home.
Since machine learning enables computers to “learn” at much faster rates than humans, it can be used to build predictive models that analyze network and user activity, identify dangerous anomalies, learn about and adapt to new threats, and more effectively anticipate outside attacks. And it does all this more effectively than humans can.
One of the newer concepts on the list, blockchain technology enables digital data to be decentralized and distributed, which increases fraud protection. First designed for digital currency, the government is starting to take a good look at it for other security-based uses.
Since hackers feed off centralized networks, blockchain delivers decentralized technology. Furthermore, data existing on a blockchain is repeatedly reconciled. The blockchain database isn’t stored in any one location and no centralized version of this information exists for a hacker to corrupt.
The main reason entities such as the government consider AI isn’t to streamline processes. Much like machine learning, it’s being coveted by law enforcement and military for security. In terms of physical security, we’re already seeing AI-enabled robots and drones replace humans in many government security tasks. Robots enter buildings and disarm bombs, while drones launch missiles and oversee territories. Thanks to AI, machines are the ones being sent in to successfully secure more precarious environments than ever before.
- Facial recognition
If a social media application has ever automatically identified you in a photo, you’ve seen facial recognition technology in action. Once your face is “in the system,” advanced algorithms can recognize you with remarkable precision. Facial key points are detected and the best facial recognition application can identify you with up to 97% accuracy. In terms of government entities catching the bad guys, facial recognition is now being used to identify escaped convicts who appear on security cameras while on the run. And it’s only getting more accurate.
- IoT sensors
Not all threats to our citizens are due to evildoers. Many come from failed equipment, oversights or improper maintenance. Think of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, hazardous water quality and air pollutants.
What used to be expensive, manual processes—relying on various experts in various fields—can now be automatically detected and reported by IoT-enabled sensors. Thanks to advances in IoT sensor technology, one unit can track multiple dangers, which makes it even more affordable for government entities.
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