Cloudflare says in 10 years cybersecurity will be more like a 'water filtration system'

Cal Jeffrey

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Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic has changed the landscape when it comes to the workplace. More people are working from home, some permanently, which creates a precarious cybersecurity situation. As more employees are moved out of the corporate office, more attack vectors have opened up to cybercriminals. A new way of protecting these networks is needed.

At a recent roundtable discussion with industry executives, Cloudflare COO Michelle Zatlyn told Business Insider that 10 years from now, cybersecurity will look nothing like it does now. Instead, it will work more like a "water filtration system."

"I have a point of view that cybersecurity is going to be a thing of the past the next decade because I think technology is going to solve those problems," said the Cloudflare exec. "You're going to get to a point where it's almost like the water treatment filtration systems: If you're connected to the Internet, you're going to connect through a cybersecurity network like Cloudflare or some others. And we're going to cleanse it and make sure whatever's passing through us is clean."

The idea is to eliminate the bad actors before they have a chance to act or at least earlier in their attacks.

The impetus for the change is partly because of the spike in cybercrime seen since more employees started working from home. Currently, the majority of cybersecurity measures companies employ consist of in-house hardware and software solutions to protect a single location. As workers spread out, protecting corporate networks becomes more difficult, creating a need for a different approach.

"All sudden [sic] everyone's at home, and so people are connecting and doing work online from new places," Zatlyn said. "What you're seeing along with that is a large increase in the number of cyberattacks, which is sad, but it's true: They're using the fact that employees are working at home, not on their corporate networks, as a weak link to go and attack."

Cloudflare believes cloud security systems are the answer. Applying a "user-first" approach, remote workers can pass through cybersecurity solutions in the cloud before connecting to the corporate network.

Other members on the panel agreed that this is a sensible approach to the changing workplace landscape. These solutions will allow service providers to detect whether users are authentic or imposters—something most corporate networks are currently ill-equipped to handle effectively.

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Endymio

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>> " "I have a point of view that cybersecurity is going to be a thing of the past the next decade because I think technology is going to solve those problems..." "

I think I first heard this idea expressed back around the 1979 timeframe.
 
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zamroni111

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Just don't disable automatic security patch installation.
Installing latest security patches and latest antivirus updates are top 2 security practices you must do. And those 2 things are free anyway.
I have learned the hard way during 2004 sasser worm attacks
Some self proclaimed experts may say they are still using windows xp or 7 and claim they are safer than windows 10. Don't follow that stupid things.
I don't like buggy windows 10 feature updates so I use Settings app to postpone feature updates for a year while still auto updating monthly security patch.
For antivirus, windows defender is indeed not sufficient. I use sophos home which is free and no ads.
 

scavengerspc

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"Cloud-based solutions will screen out attackers before they can do much damage"

Famous words that will be evaluated in the future, and probably not so kindly.
I think my favorite one is "Two years from now, spam will be solved". Bill Gates in 2004.
 

SixTymes

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>> " "I have a point of view that cybersecurity is going to be a thing of the past the next decade because I think technology is going to solve those problems..." "

I think I first heard this idea expressed back around the 1979 timeframe.
exactly. that said I agree with her, but its always the 10 year prophecy to make themselves look smarter than others. I am not saying she isn't, but, its not unlike global warming alarmists, who now call it climate change. I am referring to the UN that alarmed the world back in 1989 saying "entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000." The point is, eventually she will stand correct, but in many ways she is just pointing out the obvious inevitability, she is just pointing out what many already know. And regarding climate change, yes I believe pollution plays a factor, but it MAY play a much smaller part than many alarmist think, after all, the Climate has been Changing Since the ICE AGE. Back to her prediction, I would say to her, WHY WAIT 10 years, GET ON WITH IT ALREADY. rant over...
 

Markoni35

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LOL. I had to laugh at: "...cybersecurity is going to be a thing of the past..."

It's like going 500 million years in the past, and someone saying: "I think viruses are going to be the thing of the past..."

Nope. Never happen. Especially because people working for the security agencies, government agencies and some of the richest corporations are focused on exposing our privacy. And using it for things that are equivalent of cyber crime. Unless, of course, total control, total domination, and feudalism, where someone can kill you on a keypress, is now considered "a secure society".