Cybersecurity in digital transformation

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Cybersecurity is important because of the risks associated with global connectivity and the use of cloud services to store sensitive data and personal information. The widespread misconfiguration of cloud services, along with increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals, pose a high risk to our organizations. Security incidents regularly affect companies of all sizes and often appear on the front page causing irreversible damage to the reputation of the companies involved.

The traditional security systems that companies have trusted (anti-malware systems, firewalls, sandboxes) no longer do. These systems were developed for an environment where there were few entry points for malware: an open port on the network or via email (although phishing remains an extremely effective way for hackers to hijack a system). In addition, in the digital transformation process there is a large amount of data, and security solutions must be equipped to be able to scan all data, without negatively affecting the user experience.

Today, there are many more ways in which hackers can invade a company – from messaging to shared drives, mobile devices to collaborative applications like Dropbox, Salesforce, …and traditional solutions are no longer able to prevent attacks through these channels.

If current protection models do not work, new ones should be examined. One that could be very effective is a model that examines not the threat itself (i.e. malware), but its origin, the exploit. There are a variety of pieces of rescue software, viruses, keyloggers…but to have an effect they have to rely on a software bug along with a hacking technique that allows them to run or influence the process. By monitoring these irregular activities, companies can defend themselves against any threat, whether it’s a standard piece of malware or a zero-day attack.

An automated security system that examines anomalies generally across channels could detect malware. With a system like this, companies no longer have to wait for any file, transaction or communication, or any message received in the organization to be a potential risk to the system. It allows them to concentrate on doing business and, more importantly, take advantage of the full range of digital tools available to help us focus on our business. Digital transformation requires a transformation of security systems, and by adopting a global, automated security solution, enterprises will be able to take full advantage of digital transformation.