Cybersecurity is increasingly a topic on everyone’s radar, highlighted most recently by the online attack on Dyn that left users unable to access services such as Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, Tumblr, Reddit, PayPal and other sites for up to 11 hours this weekend.

In this current climate, it is no surprise then that WIRED’s inaugural security event was so popular. Curated to explore, explain and predict new trends, threats and defences in cybersecurity the one-day event took place last week in London and aimed to ‘highlight the converging trends and risks that will define the threats of the future and stimulate innovation’, notably, the sales pitch, or rather sinister warning to delegates was to ‘be there or be hacked.’

For those of us that couldn’t attend in person, however, we followed the conversation through #WIREDsecurity as it trended on Twitter.

Somewhat unanimously, there was a call for culture change in how we view data, and respect its value. Australian security specialist Troy Hunt has tracked website breaches for the past three years, discovering hackers use of freely-available software to source vast amounts of data, and called for a big change to happen through disincentivising businesses that are subject to breaches.

There is a laissez-faire attitude about data. We’ve almost lost the context of how important billions of details are.

Former teenage hacker, now respected cybersecurity expert Mustafa Al-Bassam called for incentivisation, as companies prioritise functionality and software over security.

Amazon has tonnes of Internet of Things devices but most of them are insecure.

The lack of security in Internet of Things devices has wide implications, a danger exemplified last month when a team of hackers took remote control of Tesla Model S from 12 miles away, highlighting the catastrophic possibilities and ransomware opportunities. Indeed, Miko Hyppönnen, of cybersecurity firm F-Secure analysed 350,000 samples of malware attacks from across the globe to deduce that 95% came from crime syndicates, with hackers now offering ransomware as a service.

The need to safeguard data and will no doubt rely on collaboration as the key to digital innovation. As Troy Hunt professes, he deploys all the tools available to protect himself, such as two-factor authentication, but it is not enough. As fingerprints are now being 3D modelled from hacked data there is a clear need for a new generation of authentication technology.

At B-Secur, we are confident that our technology offers a highly secure and cost-effective solution through ECG biometric authentication which incorporates novel innovation in sensing technology, algorithm development and firmware design.

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