China News Service, Beijing, March 1 (Reporter Xia Bin) With the in-depth application of artificial intelligence technology in many fields, network security and data security issues have become increasingly prominent, network attack methods have evolved, and the difficulty of data protection has escalated.

Qi Xiangdong, member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and chairman of Qi'anxin, recently accepted an exclusive interview with China News Network and looked forward to the development of the network security industry this year, predicting that there will be five major trends.

  The first is the upgrade of national-level critical information infrastructure protection system standards.

Qi Xiangdong reminded that APT attacks, DDos attacks, data erasure and other network attacks targeting critical information infrastructure have had widespread and huge impacts.

  Second, preventing extortion attacks for the purpose of “seeking money” is still an arduous task in the future.

Qi Xiangdong said that in 2023, the frequency of global ransomware attacks has increased significantly since the second quarter.

Once encountering extortion, companies have to make a choice between the economic losses caused by suspension of work and production and the loss of ransom. This is an "economic account".

Under the temptation of huge economic benefits, the momentum of ransomware attacks will continue to grow.

  Third, cloud platform vulnerabilities and backdoors have caused frequent accidents, and the "tripartite check and balance" mechanism of customers, cloud platforms, and security companies has become a trend.

The cloud platform is a "black box product" for customers. There are two reasons for the accident: on the one hand, the vulnerability backdoor is exploited, and on the other hand, the quality of the cloud platform is poor.

Party A can verify the cause of the accident through the safety company.

  Fourth, the role of the "zero trust" system in responding to complex network attacks has been fully verified.

Qi Xiangdong said that strengthening identity security through real-time credential verification and adopting "zero trust" technology with micro-isolation means can provide more comprehensive real-time security protection and truly cope with complex network attacks.

  Fifth, the offense and defense will compete in the application of AI.

Qi Xiangdong believes that generative artificial intelligence has lowered the threshold for cyber attacks and doubled the number of cyber attacks.

At the same time, it can also improve security operation efficiency and enhance network security response capabilities, thereby improving network security defense effects.

This will promote the continued evolution of the confrontation and game between offense and defense.

  The report of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China called for accelerating the construction of a network power and a digital China, and proposed accelerating the development of the digital economy.

Qi Xiangdong said that this shows that the digital construction of the whole society will continue to advance in depth, and network security, as the "floor project" of the digital society, will usher in broader development prospects.

  "It can be said that how big the scale of digitalization is in the future, how big the development space of the network security industry will be." Qi Xiangdong said that we can no longer look at new things with the old eyes. Network security is no longer "firewall + anti-virus software". Systematic network security Demand is experiencing explosive growth.

  He further pointed out that according to the experience of developed countries, network security investment accounts for more than 10% of total IT investment to play a role in supporting digital business. At present, China's proportion is less than 3%, and the network security industry still has huge room for development. He is looking forward to it The whole society can further increase the proportion of network security investment.

  Attending the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference this year, Qi Xiangdong is most concerned about new productivity.

He said that private enterprises are the main body of scientific and technological innovation, as well as technology application and industrial improvement. Only by placing the "hard truth" of high-quality development in a more prominent position and achieving a positive interaction between high-quality development and high-level security can we Support the steady and long-term progress of Chinese-style modernization.

“I look forward to hearing insights and measures on accelerating the cultivation of new productive forces at this year’s Two Sessions.” (End)