Cybersecurity Innovations Relevant to Small Businesses


Cyberthreats don’t just target big businesses. Small businesses are also at risk; in fact, they may be at a greater risk because data thieves assume they have less security in place. To protect your data and your customers’ data, stay abreast of the latest developments in cybersecurity.

Adaptive Authentication

Adaptive authentication aims to stop hackers who want to come in through the front door. That is, they use tried-and-true techniques like phishing to get access to users’ passwords and other sensitive information.

Adaptive authentication tackles this problem by detecting actions that indicate suspicious activity and then requires the user to go through additional steps to log into a program. The sophisticated machine learning behind this technology could protect countless consumers and businesses. For example, if someone tries to log into your business’s services with a legitimate password, but a few minutes later logs into an account on the other side of the world, it is likely that the account has been hacked. The additional authentication steps could verify whether the person trying to log into the account is authorized to do so.


REnigma is one of the cybersecurity technologies that the Department of Homeland Security seeks to bring to businesses and consumers. It runs malware through a machine and analyzes how the malware works; it cuts back on the time that has to be spent on reverse engineering malicious programs.

This isn’t likely something that has direct applications for small businesses, but it could have far-reaching effects that protect your system from programs that leach data, slow down your software, or carry out other harmful tasks.

Dynamic Flow Isolation

The smarter the cybersecurity, the better, right? Dynamic Flow Isolation, otherwise known as DFI, is another innovation that the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to commercialize. It applies certain security protocols according to a situation by sensing a network’s operational state. It can even cut off certain machines or groups of machines to protect the network as a whole.

This could be particularly helpful for small businesses that manage their own networks. Within a network, if one computer is compromised, it could affect data across the company. DFI may be able to solve or at least mitigate this issue.

Sensors in Code

SINET named Contrast Security as one of the top cybersecurity innovators of 2016 thanks to its innovating approaching to coding. It aims to integrate sensors into code so apps can run diagnostics on themselves and even fix their own problems.

A business app that integrates this technology could have fewer crashes and increased functionality, leading to increased productivity. Within a consumer-facing app, it could increase user confidence in the security of the app.

Every small business needs to be concerned about cybersecurity. A single breach could prove to be disastrous. While you can use all the common-sense practices in the world to protect your data, it is still smart to invest in the latest technologies that will keep your devices and data secure.



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