5th September 2023

Cybersecurity: Fortifying the Digital Realm

Elena VavilovMarketing Manager
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Our world is more connected than ever. Hyper-connected! Our ability to communicate with anyone, anywhere, at any time has redefined boundaries. There is no doubt that the digital realm has become as integral to our daily lives as the air we breathe. 

Yet, similar to our concerns about the quality of the air, the security of our online spaces must be paramount. Cybersecurity, once the domain of IT specialists, is a pressing issue for everyone, especially for businesses harnessing the power of AI forecasting and natural language processing (NLP). 

As cyber threats evolve, our defences, enhanced by artificial intelligence automation and NLP, must advance. Let's explore essential strategies to protect sensitive data and ensure our digital environment remains invincible.

1. Stay Updated on Security Patches

By utilising AI forecasting, businesses can stay ahead of potential vulnerabilities. The Orion, Ryuk, SamSam, and WannaCry ransomware attacks, spanning from 2015 to 2020, targeted outdated software. 

Ryuk ransomware, in particular, spreads via malicious phishing emails. Ransoms to release systems can exceed USD 300,000, placing Ryuk among history’s priciest ransomware. Since its rise in 2018, the FBI attributes over USD 60 million in global damages to Ryuk, impacting more than 100 companies. 

A profound cyberattack in December 2020 targeted Orion by the U.S.-based SolarWinds Corporation. With around 300,000 clients, including almost all Fortune 500 companies and several U.S. federal agencies, SolarWinds' breach had widespread implications. This attack, suspected to be from a Russian-backed group, injected the malicious Sunburst code into Orion, compromising countless systems. This episode stands as one of the U.S.'s gravest cyber-espionage incidents due to its duration and the high-profile entities affected.

Software applications today, built from various components, carry heightened risks of unpatched vulnerabilities. The introduction of the "software bill of materials" (SBOM) acts as a transparency tool for software. In 2021, the Biden Administration endorsed the use of SBOMs, ensuring U.S. government agencies align with software vendors adhering to these standards.

Regular software updates provide users with the latest security enhancements. Additionally, organisations are advised to adopt advanced threat intelligence tools and instil a strong cybersecurity awareness culture among employees.

2. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) with AI Integration

Leveraging AI automation, MFA can be more intuitive and user-friendly. As reported by Symantec, 80% of breaches could have been prevented by MFA. Requiring users to provide two or more verification factors, MFA offers a significant upgrade from the traditional password-only approach to gain access.

3. Educate and Train Staff

Drawing insights from analytics, training can be tailor-made to suit the unique needs of a business. According to a study by Kaspersky, over 90% of cyber incidents are caused by human error or uninformed behaviour. Regular training sessions, enhanced with data-driven insights, can keep staff updated on the latest cyber threats and safe online practices.

4. Backup Data Regularly with Integrated Solutions

Data integration tools ensure that backups are seamless and comprehensive. The NotPetya ransomware attack in 2017 affected businesses globally, causing billions in damages. Companies with regular data backups, enhanced by integrated systems, had a safety net. Storing backups in disconnected environments can be a lifeline in recovering from cyberattacks.

Key Takeaways

The digital landscape is continually shifting, with new challenges emerging almost daily. Leveraging AI automation, analytics, and NLP can provide even sturdier safeguards against these challenges. 

The human factor, backed by regular education and proactive updates, remains equally crucial. Educating oneself, being proactive about updates, and incorporating tools like MFA can make the difference between a secured digital realm and one vulnerable to risks.

Adopting a holistic cybersecurity strategy is not just about fending off attacks. With the support of our IT consulting services, like AI automation and transformation strategies, it's about ensuring that our digital world remains a protected and trustworthy space for all its inhabitants.

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