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Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity

Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity

Digital Transformation
and Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity today

Organizations of all sizes are turning to digital transformation and Industry 4.0 to create new products and services. In this context, it is important to differentiate those that are born digital from those that are being transformed.

So, those that are born from a 100% digital perspective have an advantage, because they are created from technological innovation, therefore, they make use of resources in the cloud and understand the importance of consulting with experts to be able to go to market with a level of security, at least minimal.

On the other hand, there are those organizations that need to transform and join this “car” of digital transformation. For the latter, from the point of view of Cybersecurity, it is not so simple as they need to transform their security culture and make it evolve beyond the regulations, standards or good practices dictated by the experience of having worked with solutions based on Cloud.

``The Cybersecurity of your organization is not a game, it is a reality and must be part of the Digital Transformation strategy``

Hugo Saavedra, Cybersecurity Manager in Chile, tells us about various cyber threats and new technological tools to face Cyber attacks, in a context of Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation.

Focus of Business Cybersecurity, in a context of Digital Transformation

In addition, CISOs must focus on not losing the current level of control against threats, for example, if they want to migrate to a cloud environment, they must do so “seriously”, with the same level of research, analysis and investment they applied when bidding for a firewall. Because the Cybersecurity of your organization is not a game, it is a reality and must be part of the digital transformation strategy.

On the other hand, six or seven years ago, there was talk of the user perimeter, an imaginary border in which people and infrastructure were grouped based on the level of trust. This radically changed, today the perimeter is diffuse, since both users, clients or the Cloud environment (which could perfectly be on another continent) could become a cyber threat for the Company. Therefore, in this new scenario of Digital Transformation, it is better to distrust everyone and establish safe barriers equally.

Focus of Business Cybersecurity, in a context of Digital Transformation

In addition, CISOs must focus on not losing the current level of control against threats, for example, if they want to migrate to a cloud environment, they must do so “seriously”, with the same level of research, analysis and investment they applied when bidding for a firewall. Because the Cybersecurity of your organization is not a game, it is a reality and must be part of the digital transformation strategy.

On the other hand, six or seven years ago, there was talk of the user perimeter, an imaginary border in which people and infrastructure were grouped based on the level of trust. This radically changed, today the perimeter is diffuse, since both users, clients or the Cloud environment (which could perfectly be on another continent) could become a cyber threat for the Company. Therefore, in this new scenario of Digital Transformation, it is better to distrust everyone and establish safe barriers equally.

Cybersecurity based on Artificial Intelligence, a product of the immense volume of information units that must be monitored to detect and prevent malicious intrusions.

Why bet on automation?

It is imperative to understand and internalize, that in terms of Cybersecurity, the threat will always be one step ahead of the protection.

Even when an attack by a cybercriminal is detected and controlled, it could take only a few days for the cybercriminal to change his strategy and attack again, but already aware of his own mistakes, when he was detected.

So, it is essential to reduce the detection time as much as possible, for this, it is essential to have machine learning tools.

Why bet on automation?

It is imperative to understand and internalize, that in terms of Cybersecurity, the threat will always be one step ahead of the protection.

Even when an attack by a cybercriminal is detected and controlled, it could take only a few days for the cybercriminal to change his strategy and attack again, but already aware of his own mistakes, when he was detected.

So, it is essential to reduce the detection time as much as possible, for this, it is essential to have machine learning tools.

With what technological tools to have, to strengthen your Cybersecurity strategy?

This type of predictive and automated model, called Machine Learning, provides the ability to considerably reduce detection time and find a large volume of threats in a classified manner, ensuring a high degree of reliability for your Cybersecurity strategy.

For example, for a threat that travels in an Excel file, Machine Learning looks at many characteristics of it and not at something specific as antivirus do. The characteristics are compared against a previously trained mathematical model and based on this it can predict whether the file is malicious or not.

Just as the models are trained with files, they also do it with network traffic and banking transactions, detecting anomalies in behavior, for example, in the use of a debit / credit card, blocking it automatically or, through a person.

Once the model is trained, it is not necessary to update it in the short term, the learning can last four months and perhaps more before having to train it again. There are also some machine learning models that do not need training, because they learn automatically with the different objects that they are analyzing.

Stellar Cyber: Machine Learning

There are many technological tools to face cyber attacks, among them is our partner Stellar Cyber, which has a tool to detect advanced threats using Machine Learning.

In addition, it allows, among many other things, to detect anomalous behavior of users, for example, transactions never carried out before, their destination and the protocol through which it was carried out, generating alarms classified by priority, then, it could send an order to the firewall to block the transaction, as well as, depending on the protocol, define that one person handles the anomaly.

Stellar Cyber: Machine Learning

There are many technological tools to face cyber attacks, among them is our partner Stellar Cyber, which has a tool to detect advanced threats using Machine Learning.

In addition, it allows, among many other things, to detect anomalous behavior of users, for example, transactions never carried out before, their destination and the protocol through which it was carried out, generating alarms classified by priority, then, it could send an order to the firewall to block the transaction, as well as, depending on the protocol, define that one person handles the anomaly.

Tenable: visibility of vulnerabilities in the Organization's assets

In Cybersecurity, it is very important to have a management and understanding of risk, which, in turn, is one of the main functions of the CISO.

Risk can be understood mathematically as: Risk = vulnerability x threat x impact. If you have no vulnerabilities, even if there are threats, your risk is zero. The same happens in the case of not having threats, the risk remains at zero. This is very important to understand, since the only variable that we can control is vulnerabilities, because they are from our side, so if you mitigate them to 0.001 (periodic), the risk will be almost zero. On the other hand, we cannot control whether or not a cybercriminal wants to develop the next attack, which is why we cannot control threats.

To manage the risk of companies, we also have the technology of our partner Tenable, which allows us to have visibility on the different vulnerabilities in the Organization’s assets and to be able to manage them according to their value, impact, probability of threat, among many other characteristics.

Trend Micro: virtual patching

In addition, another tool that complements the two mentioned above, is the virtual patching of our partner Trend Micro, through which it prevents threats from taking advantage of vulnerabilities, generating a cut or block during the attack.

As it is virtual, it is not necessary to install the patch physically, which has an impact on the availability of services by usually requiring restart of applications and operating systems. In short, it allows you to shorten the window of vulnerability, with zero impact on service and extend the time for administrators to accumulate other patches, test them and plan the physical patch, even for months afterwards.

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It is essential that when riding the wave of Digital Transformation, to achieve greater growth and compete in an Industry 4.0 environment, that the Cybersecurity of your organization plays a leading role in the process, thus being able to ``surf`` and not sink in the attempt.
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