11 Business Leaders Predict the Next Big Step in Encryption Technology

Members of the Young Entrepreneur Council share their predictions for upcoming advances in encryption tech.

Published on Apr. 16, 2021
11 Business Leaders Predict the Next Big Step in Encryption Technology
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Top row, from left: Brian Greenberg, Cody Candee, Andrew Schrage, Syed Balkhi. Middle row, from left: John Brackett, Jared Atchison, Thomas Griffin, Amine Rahal. Bottom row, from left: Stephanie Wells, Blair Williams, Daisy Jing.

Privacy and security are becoming increasingly vital in today’s highly digital business world. With many employees working remotely and technology rapidly advancing, encryption technology will need to advance just as quickly.

To that end, 11 members of the Young Entrepreneur Council shared what they predict will be some of the next big steps in encryption technology in the near future. Keep an eye on these developments to see what kind of effect they’ll have on privacy and security for you and your business.

11 Predictions for Encryption Technology

  1. Blockchain
  2. Decentralized authority
  3. Voice authentication
  4. Password management
  5. Artificial intelligence
  6. Tokenization
  7. End-to-end encryption
  8. Wearable two-factor authentication
  9. Biometric encryption
  10. IoT security
  11. Honey encryption


1. Blockchain

I believe we are moving toward using blockchain technology more fully in various aspects of our lives. Privacy and security are a perfect avenue for it. Having a decentralized structure in place means there is no central entry point for attacks. Blockchain, if used correctly, can take human error out of the equation. Our structural security will become transparent and thus more secure. —Brian Greenberg, True Blue Life Insurance


2. Decentralized Authority

Right now, if a government wants to go to a big tech company and demand their data, many companies will resist, but there are still ways governments can get to that data. The next big step is for companies to build decentralized authority so even they themselves don’t have access. This could mean a whole new level of encryption even law enforcement can’t crack — for better or worse. —Cody Candee, Bounce


3. Voice Authentication

The next big step is voice authentication. You already have two-factor authentication in most industries, but it doesn’t often involve voice. I recently had to sign up for and give a sample of my voice to access an investment account of mine. Expect more companies to follow suit in the coming months and years. —Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance


4. Password Management

Now that businesses are operating remotely, we can expect them to use password management tools and similar platforms to manage their data. This means that there will be more password management tools appearing and better user experiences as security businesses compete with each other. With the greater use of encryption tools, I imagine we should see a decline in malicious activities too. —Syed Balkhi, WPBeginner


5. Artificial Intelligence

I think we’ve made it to the point where AI will monitor our encrypted data in real time. Instead of having a tech team that’s focused on monitoring real-time engagement to avoid hackers, we will see businesses use AI as a tool to spot malicious behavior and individuals. —John Brackett, Smash Balloon LLC


6. Tokenization

In the coming months, we may see tokenization become more prevalent in security measures. Tokenization substitutes real data with fake data using a token. This could lead to reduced payment fraud and heightened security for customers. —Jared Atchison, WPForms


7. End-to-End Encryption

End-to-end encryption isn’t a new concept. With more people becoming conscious of privacy risk, however, this is one technology that will be adopted widely by internet users in the upcoming months and years. —Thomas Griffin, OptinMonster


8. Wearable Two-Factor Authentication

I’ve heard a lot about the potential for wearable two-factor authentication (2FA) in the near future. An example would be using near-field communication in your watch, phone or other piece of wearable tech to confirm your identity and access private accounts. This will make your accounts more secure and also more convenient than having to receive calls or emails to pass the second layer of encryption. —Amine Rahal, IronMonk Solutions


9. Biometric Encryption

In the future, you can expect to see biometric encryption become more of the norm. This includes voice, face and fingerprint recognition. This eliminates the need for users to enter passwords and answer security questions. It’s also more convenient for those who want instant access to their private information. —Stephanie Wells, Formidable Forms


10. IoT Security

An industry joke says that the S in IoT stands for “security.” Of course, there isnt an S in IoT, and security in IoT devices is often ineffective. But businesses are working hard to catch up since there have been several events where inconspicuous devices like aquarium monitors have collapsed entire business systems. We should see an improvement in encryption in this area. —Blair Williams, MemberPress


11. Honey Encryption

Honey encryption tricks hackers who produce encoded text thinking they have entered a correct password. It makes them see a different text but doesn’t give them access to the data they’re actually trying to retrieve. It protects encrypted information, giving data thieves a hard time. —Daisy Jing, Banish

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