The latest innovations in IT security automation

Technology and IT innovations are evolving at an exponential rate—but so too are the methods and technologies used by those who try and breach enterprise systems.

These sophisticated security threats are especially important to consider as more businesses turn to cloud storage solutions, adopt Internet of Things devices and allow system access to more third parties and end-user devices

To combat these evolved threats, there is a range of new innovations available now and coming soon that will help automate IT security systems and protect businesses.

Here are some of those innovations and why they will become essential considerations in every IT security plan throughout 2020.

Hardware authentication

We have seen the rise of two-factor and multi-factor authentication in recent years, which helps protect systems and data from intrusion as passwords can be weak or stolen by cybercriminals.

Now we are seeing more advanced hardware authentication methods, including biometric solutions like facial recognition software and Authentication as a Service (AaaS) which is authentication built into cloud services and being rolled out by major providers as we speak.

For advanced security, these can be combined in multi-modal biometric authentication systems which can see advanced, cloud-based authentication systems that require multiple biometric markers including voice, eye, fingerprint and facial recognition.

This is another automated process that provides advanced protection around the clock.

User-behaviour analytics

UBA is a smart way to monitor how staff on the business network operate, which systems and applications they open, the regularity of use, the times of day they do things etc.

That way alerts can be automatically triggered when unusual activity is detected which can lead to quick detection and action, minimal damage and helps avoid costly disaster recovery.

Protecting physical and digital robots

More and more automated processes are being employed by businesses, including robotic machinery for assembly, sorting etc and digital robots like chatbots.

While this automation can improve business operations, it also means more access points for intrusion and attacks.

It is vital to ensure all automated, robotic elements are treated the same as any other networked device. They need to be patched and updated regularly, secured by complex passwords and multi-factor identification and included in all risk assessment.

Deep learning from MI and AI

While UBA focuses on the behaviour of users, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (MI) can be used to monitor the behaviour of entities.

This innovation would be able to detect unusual activity on your servers or in storage systems that could be malicious and coming from an automated source.

More solutions are expected to come onto the market that will use AI and MI to monitor automated updates, patches and information sent from data centres and determine if they are legitimate or malicious.

Data loss prevention

Having your data stolen from storage devices or servers is one thing, whether or not the attackers can use it is another.

Advances in encryption and tokenisation are expected to roll out in the coming years to render data unusable in the worst-case scenario that it falls into the wrong hands.

Some examples of innovations that already exist include bank cards that change the Card Verification Value at regular intervals to prevent transactions if the card data is stolen and replacing passwords with cryptographic keys and biometric authentication.

Tokenisation is the technology already used to protect mobile payment platforms and that technology is expected to expand beyond that industry to allow other enterprises to protect their data.

Want to be on the cutting edge of IT environment security solutions? The team at EMPR Solutions can assist you with the latest technologies and innovations. Contact us on 1300 289 867 to discuss your options today.


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